Assessment and reporting at Pakefield
Assessment of work is a vital part of learning; the feedback students receive highlights what they need to do to improve. To support this we have a clear, whole school assessment and reporting policy.
The aim of this policy is to ensure all students' progress and attainment is maximised. In day to day lessons, this can be seen through Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time (DIRT). This gives students an opportunity to reflect on the feedback from the teacher, and improve their work based on these comments.
Assessment in Lessons
The two main types of assessment carried out within school are;
- Class activities - some activities are set up to enable the teacher to assess progress and help them to plan future lessons. This can be done through a range of activities such as group activities, lesson starters, practical tasks, homework or an individual piece of work.
- Tests - some subjects may set tests regularly through the year, for example, at the end of each unit of work. The results of these tests are used to check on understanding and monitor progress as well as help in the planning of the next few lessons.
ReportsEach student receives three reports a year. These reports give a regular summary of progress which enable parents/carers to see how well their child is progressing and support them if needed.
We use Go4Schools to store all the assessment and attendance data about our pupils. We will be enabling parent / carer accounts at the start of the new school year in September 2019. If you would like to be part of our pilot for reporting online, please contact Dan Bagshaw, Deputy Headteacher, at the school.
The way in which GCSEs are graded has changed from letter grades to number grades. The link below provides parents and carers with some helpful information about these changes, and what you can expect to see on your child’s report.
Students are set end of KS4 targets when they join us at Pakefield. These are based on a student's KS2 test results, and are updated during the school year based on teacher assessment.
Teachers use progress grids to assess students work. If you would like to read more about these please click HERE.
On reports, parents and carers will be able to see whether their child is on track, above or below expectations in each subject.