At Langafel we aim for high quality teaching and learning, and the heart of this is effective assessment, underpinned by a growth mind-set belief that all pupils can succeed.
We use three main forms of assessment: in-school formative, in-school summative, and national standardised summative assessment. Here is some information about our assessment systems support you. We have set it out as a series of questions and answers with attached documents. More details can be found in our Langafel Assessment Policy on the Policies Page of our website or on request from the school office.
What is the purpose of assessment?
- To allow teachers to respond accurately to the learning needs of each pupil and, with the contribution of support staff, give ongoing support to enable all pupils to make good progress.
- To allow children to be given effective targets that they understand so they might have an active role in identifying their own learning needs and know how to improve their work.
- To provide parents and carers with effective targets to support their child’s learning.
- To provide pupils with an opportunity to demonstrate what they know and understand within their learning and get feedback against this.
- To allow leaders to evaluate and continually improve on the quality of provision for all pupils.
What system do we use for ongoing formative assessment?
With the removal of levels in 2016 we chose to use a system called “Rainbow Tracker”. This is currently used to assess children in Reading, Writing and Maths in all years from Year 1 to Year 6. Rainbow tracker uses the colours below to assess pupils progress through the programme of study.
How do children progress through the colours?
Each year all the children start on a new programme of study therefore they all start on RED. As they go through the year they “master” both the skills and knowledge required for that stage of their education. As they are assessed at mastering these areas they are able to progress through more of the colours with an expected child achieving GREEN at the end of the year.
How do you know if your child is above or below expected?
At the end of Term 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 a Rainbow Tracker Report Card (Term 6 Rainbow Achievement Card) will be sent home with the children. This will show how the children are doing for English and Math using a white arrow. There is also a blue arrow that shows where the children are expected to be at that point of the year. This visual way makes it clear if the child is above, at or below the expected standard for children at this time. Also below are the Term 2, 4 and 6 Guidance for parents which make it clear where your child should be.
How do teachers make their judgements?
Teachers use their professional judgement to assess whether a child has mastered the specific skill/ knowledge for each individual child. These judgements are moderated and discussed with other adults working with that child at staff and phase meetings. The Senior Leadership Team also validate these judgements internally to insure they are accurate. We also use moderation meetings with local, county and national schools to ensure our judgements are robust. Are judgements at the end of Key Stage are also validated by the Local Authority and in 2017 our evidence for Key Stage 1 was said to “be very secure.”
How do I know what my child needs to do at each stage.
Here are the Rainbow Tracker Statements for each Stage (these correlate to the year group they are working in). These are reviewed yearly by the phases to ensure they are in line with developments in the curriculum.
What if my child is working below the stage?
If a child is not able to access the curriculum at their age group they may be assessed against an earlier stage. If this is the case you will be made aware of the stage they are working at and the steps they need to do to close the gap.
What do I do if I still have questions?
Read our assessment policy for more details or please organise a meeting with your child’s teacher and or phase leader to discuss this. We are proud of the children’s progress and are always happy to discuss and support you in supporting your children.