At Byron we believe that assessment should be a tool for learning and empowering our children with the skills needed to improve their work.
With a view to this we have decided to hold two Whole School Summative Assessments which are levelled per academic year and replace the other three with Formative Assessments in Key Stages 2 and 3 (Years 3-9). The latter will enable teachers and pupils to focus on targets set which will guide the children and help them understand how they can further improve. These will not be formalised or levelled assessments but rather pieces of work that will be used to set targets. Pupils in Key Stages 4 and 5 (Years 10-13) will continue to follow the same approach as before with formal, summative assessments happening every half term.
Set our below are the basic details of this Assessment Cycle:
Before the end of the first and last term all teachers assess the progress of their pupils with an assessment designed on the skills, knowledge and understanding that pupils have learned in this time frame in KS1– KS3.
Modes of Assessment per Key Stage
EYFS – Throughout the year an Entry Assessment Booklet and an Early Learning Journey will be kept which will demonstrate the way each child is developing over the year.
Key Stage 1 – Summative Assessments will take place twice a year for KS1 pupils in English and Maths. These will take place at the end of the first and last term and National Curriculum Levels will be used to assess pupil progress.
Key Stage 2 – In October the InCAS (University of Durham – CEM) baseline test will be given to all of the children in this Key Stage which is used to give a good indication of the starting point of each child for English and Maths. Summative Assessments using National Curriculum Levels will take place in English, Maths and Science twice a year at the end of the first and last term.
Key Stage 3 – Two Summative Assessments will be held at the end of the first and last term. For English, Maths and Science these will be in the form of SATs tests to ensure consistency and uniformity between the Key Stages. All other subjects will be assessed by teachers based on the skills and knowledge for the specific subject outlined by the National Curriculum. National Curriculum levels will be used in all subjects. In Year 9 pupils will do the Insight Test (University of Durham – CEM) in the second term which will be used to aid options choices for KS4.
Key Stage 4/IGCSE – Assessments in all subjects will take place five times a year before each half term and before the end of each term. IGCSE grade descriptors will be used to assess these. At the end of Year 10 and the second half term of Year 11 the assessment will take the form of mock exams. At the end of Year 11 children will do the ALIS test which will be used to aid options for A-Levels.
Key Stage 5/A Level - Assessments in all subjects will take place five times a year before each half term and before the end of each term. A-Level grade descriptors will be used to assess these.