Principles of Assessment at SRS

1. Assessment, in whatever form, is designed to check that pupils’ understanding of the knowledge and proficiency in the skills needed for that point in their school career, as outlined by the PoS and curriculum overviews.

2. Assessment is used to inform and guide teaching to ensure that all pupils are secure in their grasp of key knowledge, concepts and skills. It identifies weaknesses and misconceptions in students’ knowledge and skills in order to inform planning and future teaching and learning.
(See also ‘The research behind our model’ – Principles of assessment at SRS, SRS Toolkit (Teacher Resources)

Whole school methodology for assessment (relevant to all phases and subjects)

  • 3 data drops per year per year group (EYFS – Year 6).
  • Rigorous and challenging formalised assessments are used at timetabled intervals throughout the year to assess pupil progress against the knowledge and skills of our curriculum intent and to guide further teaching
  • For all feedback, teachers’ responses should be written in red pen.
  • Pupils’ response to feedback, including peer and self-assessment, should be written in green pen.
  • MAC (Marking alongside Child) (‘conference marking’) is considered highly effective in impacting on pupils’ learning.
  • EDIRT (Enough Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time) is given and structured to allow pupils to reflect and act on improvements. (See also ‘The research behind our model’ – Principles of assessment at SRS, SRS Toolkit (Teacher Resources)
  • Feedback is clear, so that pupils understand what to do to improve and can act upon it with success criteria referenced wherever possible.
  • Highlighting is used to draw pupils’ attention to key areas of success (green highlighting – ‘green to go’) and areas for improvement (pink highlighting – ‘pink to think’).
  • SPaG is marked according to the literacy marking code.  A copy of this is in the front of each subject exercise book, is permanently displayed in the classroom and is displayed and referred to during EDIRT activities.

Read the full Assessment Strategy below