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Assessment at Chatsworth

Assessment, Monitoring and Reporting

The staff at Chatsworth are developing a wider range of strategies for assessing children’s work, through; continued professional development, peer support and observations, coaching, constructive feedback from lesson observations and work scrutiny to transform the policy into practice.

These strategies include:

  • Observation - watching the children on task
  • Working with guided groups
  • Listening to, questioning/discussions with the children
  • Photographing
  • Examining children's written/recorded learning
  • Marking children's learning
  • Target setting and attainment
  • Assessment notes for future planning
  • Assessment for learning marking – next steps
  • Assessment dots– assessment for understanding
  • Formal testing to assess children’s skills and knowledge against standardised levels
  • Work scrutiny

Summative assessment data is systematically recorded and tracked electronically through the use of Target Tracker, quality assured through the systems described above, with: half termly tests in the core subjects, mock SATs, Pupil Progress meetings and moderation meetings.

The assessment leader creates and distributes a page for each class with the ‘on entry’ baseline data and class lists included. It is the responsibility of the class Teacher to ensure that this page remains up to date and that data is entered efficiently.

In Year 2, we expect every child to make at least six steps progress during each academic year; one step every half term. In year 1, we expect pupils to make 5 steps, taking into account their transition from EYFS. 

The data from the half termly tests and on going teacher assessment is put on to the year on year tracker. The assessment leader and the core subject leaders analyse the data and target individual pupils requiring additional support. This helps to inform the school leaders of areas for future development and increased challenge. It also informs the school’s intervention strategy, which is responsive to the assessment tracking system.

Science assessments are carried out at the end of each unit of work through observation of investigative skills and knowledge testing.

A foundation subject assessment grid will be formally introduced to be completed half termly, recording levels above or below the national expectations for all pupils. This level is judged through teacher assessment of the pupil’s knowledge and skills. Each child has an art portfolio that moves with them through the school and can be very useful for transition to secondary school.

Intervention Programmes

Intervention programmes are frequently put in place to support or extend learning for children with particular aptitude or experiencing difficulty in making progress towards their targets.  These will take place throughout the school day.

Target Setting with Pupils

In KS1, each year group works with a corresponding band (ie Year one work on band one). Each child has their band stuck into their subject book and current targets are highlighted yellow. Once the child has achieved the target, the target is then highlighted green and signed off by the class teacher.

Statutory Tests

Children in year one will take part in a phonics screening check in early June. The results from these are reported to the local authority.

Children in year two take part in the KS1 SATs for reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation and maths in May. These tests are marked internally and the results are used to support teacher's assessments. These are then reported to the local authority. 

Reporting and Communication with parents/carers

Reporting and partnership with parents is crucial to success for the child. Each parent/carer will have three formal opportunities each year to meet their child’s teacher to discuss their progress and attainment.


This will be a ten minute evening interview in the  Autumn Term, designed to allow the teacher and parent/carer to share any concerns or anxieties they may have regarding their child’s new class. Next step targets are discussed with parents/ carers.


This meeting will be conducted as an open, informal meeting where parents are able to look through their child’s books and work samples and discuss the child's progress so far.


This evening meeting will be a review of the year and follows on from the publication of the child’s report. This meeting will be used specifically for parents of children who have a specific concern or those that the teacher wants to see for a particular reason. These appointments will last for about ten minutes.


At the end of the summer term each teacher for each pupil will publish a formal report. This report will have full written sections on general attributes and successes, English, Mathematics, Science and ICT. Attendance data and the other National Curriculum subjects will also be reported. Assessment data recorded, giving teacher assessment for Reading, Writing, Maths, Science and ICT. Parents will be clear on the progress made through the termly meetings and tracking the individual targets and any intervention programmes for their child.

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