Assessment

Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching is appropriate and that learners are making expected progress.

Following new government assessment and accountability requirements for primary schools, at Aston and Cote Primary we will be reviewing our assessment practice against the underpinning principles for assessment agreed by the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT). Staff will be involved in the evaluation of existing practice and the development of a new, rigorous assessment system and procedures to enable us to continue to promote high quality teaching and learning.

Our revised Assessment Policy will detail our:

  • Approach to assessment
  • Method of assessment – both day-to-day assessments, and national assessments to provide standard information to parents, and to give a picture of school performance.
  • Use of assessment
  • Approach to moderation – both internally within school and externally each year, working with partner schools and local agencies.

Schools are asked to publish their Principles of Assessment on their website, with the requirement that a detailed Assessment Framework is published by 2016. A review of our assessment practice and procedures including the development of an Assessment Framework is a target within the School’s Development Plan for 2014-15.

Underpinning Principles for Assessment

  1. Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning
  • Assessment provides evidence to guide teaching and learning.
  • Assessment provides the opportunity for pupils to demonstrate and review their progress.
  1. Assessment is fair
  • Assessment is inclusive of all abilities.
  • Assessment is free from bias towards factors that are not relevant to what the assessment intends to address.
  1. Assessment is honest
  • Assessment outcomes are used in ways that minimise undesirable effects.
  • Assessment outcomes are conveyed in an open, honest and transparent way to assist pupils with their learning.
  • Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals to ensure their accuracy.
  1. Assessment is ambitious
  • Assessment places achievement in context against nationally standardised criteria and expected standards.
  • Assessment embodies, through objective criteria, a pathway of progress and development for every child.
  • Assessment objectives set high expectations for learners.
  1. Assessment is appropriate
  • The purpose of any assessment process should be clearly stated in our policy.
  • Conclusions regarding pupil achievement are valid when the assessment method is appropriate (to age, to the task and to the desired feedback information).
  • Assessment should draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of student achievement.
  • Assessment should demand no more procedures or records than are practically required to allow pupils, their parents and teachers to plan future learning.
  1. Assessment is consistent
  • Judgements are formed according to common principles and objectives.
  • The results are readily understandable by third parties. Such as parents governors and external assessors of the school.
  • A school’s results are capable of comparison with other schools, both locally and nationally.
  1. Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable information for:
  • Pupils in developing their learning.
  • Parents in supporting children with their learning.
  • Teachers in planning teaching and learning; assessment must provide information that justifies the time spent.
  • School leaders and governors in planning and allocating resources.
  • Government and agents of government.
  1. Assessment feedback should inspire greater effort and a belief that, through hard work and practice, more can be achieved. At Aston and Cote we use the term ‘not YET’.





  • Aston & Cote C of E Primary School
  • School House, Cote Road
  • Aston
  • Bampton, Oxfordshire
  • OX18 2DU
  • Tel: 01993 850435
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