Parents and Carers receive reports of their pupils’ progress twice a year, which summarise the ongoing and regular assessments which are carried out in school.
There is also an opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher on Academic Tutoring Days, when work is discussed and new targets agreed.
Academic Tutoring Days (ATD)
These happen throughout the year and provide a designated opportunity for parents and carers to discuss their child’s progress.
During Academic Tutoring days children still come into school as usual.
Parents and carers are given an appointment during the day to meet with your child’s class teacher. Your child will join you to talk about their progress and targets.
You will be advised of the dates which affect you nearer the time.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED IN ASSESSMENT:
No child at Middle Park will be allowed to underachieve.
This is what the government tells us we have to put into practice. It sets out what subjects children must be taught and what skills they must be encouraged to develop.
A method of comparing your child’s ability against local and national standards of achievement. It takes an average of two years to complete one whole level.
This is what teachers use to decide what level a child is working at.
Level given to a child by their teacher, based on work throughout the year
Standard Assessment Tests. Currently, SATs are compulsory in Year 2 and Year 6. Year 6 SATs papers are sent away and marked externally, while Year 2 SATs are moderated by the Local Authority.
YEAR 5 QCA TEST
In the summer term of Year 5 children sit a test which we send away to be marked externally. The results of this test will give each child their ‘band’ which they use when applying for secondary school.
Moderation is a way of checking that our assessments are accurate. Sometimes we moderate together in school, sometimes we get together with other schools to moderate, and sometimes the Local Authority will come in to school to moderate our results.
For writing and maths, the children will have uplevelling sheets in the front of their books so that they know exactly what they need to do in order to reach the next level.
PUPIL PROGRESS MEETINGS
Are meetings that we hold in school where senior staff and teachers work together to check the accuracy of children’s levels and ensure that we are doing everything possible to support individual children in achieving their potential.
Pupils are ‘tracked’ in various ways to ensure that progress is assured and that no child is ever over-looked. Teachers track their own class every half term in reading, writing and maths. Subject Leaders track progress in their subjects, and the Senior Leadership Team analyse progress in classes, year groups and key stages.
An intervention is an action taken in school to support a child in their progression. We currently run various invention programmes in reading, writing and maths as well as our Learning Mentor Team who support children in overcoming any barriers to learning.