At East Tilbury Primary School & Nursery, we track pupils’ achievements to ensure that they are making good progress throughout their time with us. Regular assessments enable us to identify any gaps in learning so that we can rectify this as quickly as possible.
Teacher Assessments are given to pupils based on a range of evidence including formal tests, unaided writing, work in a range of curriculum subjects and teachers’ professional judgement. Key Performance Indicators and Standards for each year group, derived from the National Curriculum 2014 are used when making judgements about the performance of pupils during, and at the end of the academic year. Year 6 pupils are assessed using standardised termly tests, PIRA and PUMA, that provide a diagnostic profile for each pupil across all of the strands of the new curriculum for English and mathematics. The majority of pupils should be working within their own year group Band; where pupils are working below age related expectations, other year group standards will be used.
All assessment will be given in the form of a number related to the standards for the year group, e.g. a pupil working within the standards of the Year 4 curriculum will be assessed as ‘4’, and a letter, which describes the depth of knowledge and understanding within the year group standards (see below). The expectation is that the ‘age appropriate’ pupil, will be described as ‘Year group S’ at the end of the academic year, e.g. a year 5 pupil working at age appropriate expectations will finish Year 5 at ‘5S’. The ‘Year Group S’ descriptor allows teachers to give accurate assessment to pupils who are More Able. A low attaining Year 4 pupil is more likely to be emerging in their own year group, than being described as within the standards in the year group below. If pupils are definitely working within standards of lower year groups they are more likely to be described as ‘B, ‘W’ or ‘S’ in a preceding year group, rather than ‘S+’ which implies a greater depth of understanding of that year group’s curriculum.