We believe that effective assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning. We give our children regular feedback on their learning so that they understand what it is that they need to do better. This allows us to base our lesson plans on a detailed knowledge of each pupil. We give parents regular reports on their child’s progress so that teachers, children and parents are all working together to raise standards for all our children.
When marking, we ensure that:
- It informs both the child and the teacher of what has been achieved and what needs to happen next.
- It is informing the teacher of the learning needs which can be incorporated into future planning.
- Children are given time to reflect on / read / respond to marking.
- We give children verbal feedback on their work whenever possible.
- Effort is acknowledged alongside achievement
- We use an agreed code for marking, as this ensures that we all mark in the same way and that all children and staff quickly and easily understand the marking that has been done.
- When we mark spellings at Foundation stage and Key Stage 1, we identify them where appropriate. At Key Stage 2, we underline 3 spellings and write ‘sp’ at the side and the correct spelling at the end of the work.
We set targets in mathematics and English for all our children. We also enable children to set their own targets related to their learning. Children have on-going targets for Maths, Writing and Reading; these are written in the children’s books and referred to as teachers mark. Children also have the opportunity to refer to their individual targets during self assessment and during quality peer marking. We discuss individual targets where necessary, for example school support targets, and communicate these to parents.
We also use ‘Feed it Forward’ – writing a simple additional target that moves the children’s learning forward at the top of the next page. This highlights to children simple ways in which they can improve their work quickly during their next pieces.
When the target is met, a ‘target met sticker’ is stuck into the child’s book next to the met target.