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St. James' CE Primary School


Assessment Policy


St James’ is committed to:

Giving reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school, is performing;

We do this by:

  • Allowing meaningful tracking of pupils towards end of key stage expectations in the new curriculum, including regular feedback to parents,
  • Providing information which is transferable and easily understood and covers both qualitative and quantitative assessment,
  • Differentiating attainment measures between pupils of different abilities, giving early recognition of pupils who are falling behind and those who are excelling.

Driving improvement for pupils and teachers;

  • Assessment is closely linked to improving the quality of teaching,
  • Ensure feedback to pupils contributes to improved learning and is focused on specific and tangible objectives,
  • Produce recordable measures which can demonstrate comparison against expected standards and reflect progress over time.

Making sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation;

  • We work with a cluster of schools locally in order to moderate, compare and contrast standards of work and to ensure that there is uniformity of expectations across schools,
  • Working in a cluster also allows us to share best practice.

Pupils will be assessed each half term (6 weekly cycle- 5 assessment periods per academic year).  Rising Stars progress tests are used with an end of year test in July. Rising Stars progress tests are used to assess Maths, Reading and GP&S.  Writing is moderated weekly and a level of attainment within year group expectations is given (this is in the form of a ‘Big Write’ tick sheet which assesses on a weekly and half-termly cycle).  Foundation subjects are assessed each half term and Foundation leaders check topic books through work scrutiny cycles to ensure coverage.

Each half term teachers will upload results into the school data management system. They will also complete a gaps analysis (through Rising Stars) which will inform their planning for the next half term.  Big Write scores will be recorded weekly and then at the end of the half term an average score will be reported (this will be in the form of a tick sheet of all the skills they have demonstrated with some highlighted targets) this score will be uploaded onto the school data management system and the tick sheet will be put in Big Write folder with date. 

At the end of each term parents/carers will be given a termly report.  This will be given out at parents’ evenings.  We have three parents evening per year (Christmas, Easter and Summer).  All subjects are reported at the end of the year with a brief personal comment and level of attainment.

Please find further information about KS1 and KS2 SATs from the government here: