Telscombe Cliffs Academy has developed assessment systems that work effectively to support and assess our curricula and ensure and monitor progress. A relentless focus on formative assessment ensures that assessment feeds back into the learning process. This drives rapid improvements in learning through a cycle of teaching, continual assessment and relevant feedback.
Through rigorous summative assessments, such as end of unit quizzes, regular reading, phonics and mathematics assessments and data gathered by teachers at the end of each lesson, data is gathered. This data is in a form that enables standardised, comparable and timely assessment information (populated three times a year) across all academies. The rigorous tracking system will report on attainment for all year groups: working towards national expectations, working at national expectations and working at greater depth.
Three main forms of assessment:
1. In-school formative assessment, which is used by teachers to evaluate pupils’ knowledge and understanding on a day-to-day basis and to inform and tailor teaching and learning accordingly;
2. In-school summative assessment, which enables schools to evaluate how much a pupil has learned at the end of a teaching period, this could be achieved by a test;
3. Nationally standardised summative assessment, which is used by the Government to hold schools to account.
All nationally standardised summative assessment results will be reported to parents and carers via end of year reports. Teachers will ensure that other formative and summative assessment results and steps taken to ensure that progress is strong as a result of these assessments are clearly communicated with parents and carers at regular intervals over an academic year.