What is assessment?
Assessment is the process of gathering information about pupils' achievements showing what they know, understand and can do against a set of criteria to then be able to identify what is needed next to improve.
Assessment can take a variety of forms and occurs almost every lesson in some way.
Evidence obtained for assessment purposes will vary from subject to subject but on a regular basis, teachers judge the pupils' learning against set criteria. Teachers start with learning objectives that are clear about what they want the pupils to learn. They are shared with the pupils so that they know what to look out for as evidence of success and progress being made.
Where possible there are at least four formal assessments per subject per year. They are considered “formal” because all the pupils in the year will take the same assessment. These assessments will be reviewed periodically to ensure that they are consistent and reliable.