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Our Approach to Assessment

From September 2014, National Curriculum levels, which had previously been used to assess children, were abolished by the Department for Education, as the new National Curriculum was launched.  All year groups are now following the new National Curriculum.

At Blundeston, we have worked hard to develop a robust assessment system for all year groups. We use our tracking database system to assess children against the age-related expectations for their year group (or the expectations of a lower year group, if that is the level at which they are working). This means that children are assessed using a graded system, in line with how children are assessed at the end of their Reception Year in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.  They are graded as either "beginning", "developing", "embedded" or "mastered" against the end of year statements for their year group (or a lower year group, if appropriate).  This is a similar approach to that used in the end of year reports, which currently state whether a child is working below, at or above age-related expectations.

Subject Leaders are currently developing end of term assessment activities for each year group, for each subject.  These will assess the skills and knowledge each child has developed during their topic that term.

We report to parents on their child's ongoing progress at termly parents' meetings and through the end-of-year reports.  Home-school books are used for communication between home and school, as well as Tapestry in Reception and Class Dojo in the rest of the school. The school has an "open door" policy where parents can ask to meet with their child's teacher to discuss their progress, throughout the year.  Teachers will contact parents if they are concerned about a child's progress in school, at any time.  They may also use a "Pupil Passport" to set weekly specific targets for individual children to support them over a short period of time, both at home and in school.