Assessment at East Stour is purposeful, rigorous, ongoing and is based around checking against sequenced and progressive knowledge and skills that prepare our children for future learning and employment.
We work towards specific end points and objectives, which are carefully mapped out on an end point document as well as progression documents to ensure learning builds from Nursery to Year 6. We use knowledge organisers in foundation subjects to assess children's learning and ensure the learning journey is built on prior knowledge.
Formative assessment is the ongoing assessment that staff use to see where children are within the lesson and move them on suitably. At East Stour we have had the fantastic opportunity to work alongside the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) on a long-term whole school project named "Embedding Formative, training our staff on using formative assessment in the classroom to improve outcomes further!
We also use summative assessment three times a year. This provides a summary of what has been learned at a specific point in time. Children are assessed as Working Towards, Expected or Exceeding for their year group expectations. These are followed by Pupil Progress Reviews to look closely at individuals, groups and classes with the Phase Leaders and Senior Leadership Team. These meetings highlight children causing concern for attainment or progress and also those attaining higher than expected or making accelerated progress; support actions or intervention groups are then set up to either diminish the difference between certain groups or boost higher achievers. The SENCO also attends these meetings and specifically supports children on the register at SEN School Support, Statements or Educational Healthcare Plans as well as identifying children who may require further monitoring or support from our SEN team.
Reception children are baseline assessed. In year 4 there is a multiplication check and year 6 have Reading, Writing, Maths and Spelling Grammar and Punctuation tests.
- By the end of year 6 our children have achieved higher outcomes than National in all areas.
- Our Multiplication Check results in year 4 are significantly higher than the 2022 National average.
- We are so proud of our high expectations and academic achievements. We continue to support all our children in reaching their full potential.