At Burwash Primary School our assessment system has been developed to promote the following aspects of our school vision:
“Inspirational teaching promotes high aspirations for all children, both socially and academically” and “Strong governance and leadership ensure a safe and exciting learning environment”
Our high academic aspirations for our pupils, means that we are determined that pupils will achieve all that they are capable of across the full breadth of our curriculum. In order to be sure that this ambition translates to reality, we work with a well established internal assessment system, developed by Burwash teaching staff, that allows us to know how each pupil is achieving throughout the school year in every subject of study.
Burwash School Assessment System was developed by using advanced features of Google Sheets to increase efficiency, perform calculations automatically and transfer data from individual to cohort and groups of pupils seamlessly that utilises technology to allow efficiency in teacher workload.
Teachers utilise scaled scores with a range of 70 to 120, with 100 as the minimum expected standard and 110 reflecting a deeper understanding of the curriculum. This process allows us to measure progress and attainment for every individual child in all subjects and so enables us to see areas that require further attention, and can be used to direct teaching focus if necessary. The system can also point us towards children who require further help through intervention sessions which are run by both teachers and teaching assistants. The collated data, produced by the assessment process, enables us to meaningfully track pupil progress throughout their time at school. It is a useful tool in measuring the impact of teaching quality, and accordingly can be a helpful method of identifying areas for improvement, it also shows progress made from previous years. The data gathered allows us to feed back accurately to parents and carers at parents consultation evenings and in end of year reports.
The data generated is fed automatically into a whole school assessment summary which allows real time assessment data to be visible for subject coordinators and also helps governors to strategically monitor the impact of teaching. The data show the assessment and progress for the whole school, each year group, year group within a class, group (SEND, disadvantaged, not disadvantaged, SEN not disadvantaged, male and female) to enable analysis and comparison for all thirteen subjects. This includes the ability to monitor progress of children in receipt of Pupil Premium and those with special educational needs and disabilities.