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Assessment and Outcomes at Grenoside Community Primary School.

The assessment at Grenoside Community Primary School is designed to support teaching and learning to impact positively on the attainment and progress for all groups of pupils at school.

We use a range of summative and formative assessments to support and enhance learning within our school and meet the statutory assessment requirements for the relevant year groups. 

During the time children spend at primary school, there are specific points when they are required to take national statutory assessments.

This happens:

  • In EYFS at the end of the year with percentage of pupils achieving good levels of development (GLD) in the early learning goals.

  • In Y1 when they take a Phonics screening test in June

  • In Y2 and Y6 when they do the Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) in May. The attainment of children at these points is recorded nationally.

How we assess and plan for learning.

At team meetings, teachers plan the curriculum coverage and how to match the learning to individual children’s needs.

Day-to-day adjustments are made to ensure these needs are met and gaps in learning are addressed promptly. Marking informs teacher’s assessments as well as pupil / staff interaction. Teachers also moderate children’s work in teams within school and with other schools to check these assessments are consistent.  At the end of each term, we record and track the learning and understanding each child has achieved and this informs future planning.

When a child joins Grenoside Community Primary School from another school, teachers will complete baseline assessments to ensure learning is pitched at the appropriate level.  In addition to this, staff will contact the previous school for as much information about the child as possible and meetings with the parent / carers will be scheduled for joint understanding of the whole child.

What happens in Foundation Stage?

The FSP (Foundation Stage Profile) is completed at the end of the FS2 year.

It is based on the observations of the children by staff and does not include testing. Baseline assessment takes place in the autumn term when the children enter our school and from which their progress can be measured. We have always carried out this kind of assessment.  Teachers build their knowledge and judgements through observations, interactions and everyday activities.

At the end of the year, the percentage of pupils achieving good levels of development (GLD) in the early learning goals is measured.

 Grenoside % GLD 2019

National provisional % GLD 2019 

Grenoside % achieving GLD 2018

84%

72%

77%

Phonics Screening Test in Year 1

The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether children have learnt phonic decoding through their daily ‘Letters and Sounds’ learning to an appropriate standard.

This check is carried out in June with Y1 pupils and any Y2 pupils who did not meet the standard when in Y1. It involves children reading forty words made up of real and pseudo-words aloud to their teacher on a one-to-one basis.

 Grenoside % working at the expected standard 2019 

National provisional % working at the expected standard 2019 

Grenoside % working at the expected standard in Phonics 2018

82%

82%

73%

Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Tests (SATs)

The KS1 SATs are completed in May of Y2, when children are generally aged 7 and provide information about their attainment at the end of two years in Key Stage 1.

Children do complete some ‘tests’ but these are used to support teacher assessment.  These are submitted nationally.  

Parents are informed of these results from school.  Y3 teachers work closely with Y2 teachers to ensure a smooth transition into KS2 and that planning and expectations are pitched appropriately. 

Grenoside KS1 results 2019 compared to National

 

Grenoside % EXS+ KS1 reading 2019 

 Grenoside % GDS KS1 reading 2019

 National provisional % EXS+ KS1 2019

 National provisional % GDS KS1 2019

Reading

80%

41%

75%

25%

Writing

77%

31%

69%

15%

Maths

84%

43%

76%

22%

*EXS = working at the expected standard; GDS = working at a greater depth standard 

Key Stage Two National Curriculum Tests (SATs)

The Key Stage 2 SATs are completed in May, when the children are generally aged 11, and provide information about their attainment at the end of 4 years of KS2. 

Children complete tests in:

  • spelling, punctuation and grammar (GPS) – 1 grammar and punctuation paper and 1 spelling test

  • reading – 1 reading comprehension paper

  • mathematics - 3 papers: one arithmetic and two reasoning papers

The tests are marked externally and the standard achieved is recorded nationally. The standard in writing is based on teacher assessment as it is in KS1.

Please do not book a holiday during this important time.

The data from these tests is used to measure the school against national standards and inform secondary schools of individual children’s level of attainment.

While it is useful to understand how an outcome compares to children of the same age across the country, we should always remember that the most important thing is that the children are making appropriate progress from their own individual starting point.

Grenoside KS2 results 2019 compared to National

 

Grenoside % EXS+ KS2 combined 2019

Grenoside % GDS KS2 combined 2019

National %   EXS+ KS2 combined 2019  National provisional GDS KS2        combined 2019 

Reading

89%

37%

73%

27%

Writing

87%

24%

78%

20%

GPS

85%

48%

78%

31%

Maths

91%

24%

79%

26%

Combined (reading, writing and maths)

85%

13%

65%

10%

  *EXS = working at the expected standard; GDS = working at a greater depth standard 

Key Stage 2 average scale score

 

 School average scale score 2019

National average scale score 2018 

Reading test

108

 

105

Maths test

107

 

104

SPAG test

109

 

106

Progress measures: Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2

 

2019 School progress

Reading

 

+1.1

Writing

 

-0.4

Maths

 

-0.1

Assessment for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND)

Where applicable, children with SEND are assessed against the year group expectations they are working in line with.

For example, a child in Y6 may be working at a Y2 level and will therefore be assessed against the Y2 National Curriculum expectations.  The school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) works alongside teachers and families to best support the child.

Alongside this, each SEN pupil will have a target book with three or four bespoke targets, relevant to their needs, that are additional to or different to that of their non-SEN peers.  These targets will be set and reviewed termly between the child and class teacher and will be shared with parents.

For children with physical disabilities, families and teachers will work alongside the school’s SENCo to support access to the curriculum and any assessments for that child in line with national guidance.  For example, using a laptop, enlarged texts, braille etc.

In line with national guidance, children working significantly behind the expectations in Y2 and Y6 will be withdrawn from the sitting the SATs in those years groups. 

Reporting to parents and carers

We endeavour to work closely with parents and carers to provide the best possible support for individual children.

We regularly report to parents and carers about the progress that children are making.

  • Autumn term – parents’ evening.

  • Spring term – open evening following pupils’ annual reports.

  • Summer term – parents’ evening.

Please follow the links to view the school and college performance tables

www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables

and Grenoside’s performance page

www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/
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