Mary Elton Primary School

Mary Elton Primary School

Assessment and Progression

At Mary Elton Primary School, we believe in the following underlying principles of assessment. 

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning

  • a) Assessment provides evidence to guide teaching and learning
  • b) Assessment provides the opportunity for pupils to demonstrate and review their
    progress

Assessment is fair

  • a) Assessment is inclusive of all abilities
  • b) Assessment is free from bias towards factors that are not relevant to what the
    assessment intends to address

Assessment is honest

  • a) Assessment outcomes are used in ways that minimise undesirable effects
  • b) Assessment outcomes are conveyed in an open, honest and transparent way to
    assist pupils with their learning
  • c) Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals to ensure
    their accuracy

Assessment is ambitious

  • a) Assessment places achievement in context against nationally standardised criteria
    and expected standards
  • b) Assessment embodies, through objective criteria, a pathway of progress and
    development for every child
  • c) Assessment objectives set high expectations for learners

Assessment is appropriate

  • a) The purpose of any assessment process should be clearly stated
  • b) Conclusions regarding pupil achievement are valid when the assessment method
    is appropriate (to age, to the task and to the desired feedback information)
  • c) Assessment should draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete
    picture of student achievement
  • d) Assessment should demand no more procedures or records than are practically
    required to allow pupils, their parents and teachers to plan future learning

Assessment is consistent

  • a) Judgements are formed according to common principles
  • b) The results are readily understandable by third parties
  • c) A school’s results are capable of comparison with other schools, both locally and
    nationally

Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable
information for

  • a) Pupils in developing their learning
  • b) Parents in supporting children with their learning
  • c) Teachers in planning teaching and learning.
  • d) School leaders and governors in planning and allocating resources
  • e) Government and agents of government

Assessment should, above else, move all our children forward in their
learning journey.