Outcomes for Pupils
At Sladefield, we keep a close eye on pupil progress throughout the year and we use an assessment system called Target Tracker to record children's achievements. This programme enables teachers to analyse the gaps in children's learning and plan carefully for the next steps in their learning. It also enables us to put in additional support for children who need an extra bit of support to catch up.
Teachers meet together as a Year Group, along with the Head teacher and the Deputy Head Teacher, every term, to discuss the progress and attainment of children in the Year Group and to identify how the school can help those children who may be falling behind or losing momentum in their learning.
In addition to this on-going assessment, there are three statutory assessment points that the school is required to carry out as requested by the Department for Education.
During a child’s time in the Reception unit, children are continually assessed in order to identify whether they are on track to meet the Early Learning Goal. There are a variety of different aspects of learning that the children are assessed against. If a child can demonstrate that they are consistently meeting the expected level, or better, they will be assessed as meeting the ‘Good Level of Development’ standard – the general expectation for children leaving the Reception classes and moving into Key Stage 1.
The Phonics Screening test for Year 1 children was introduced in 2012 for the first time. It is designed to check whether children are making good progress in their early reading development. It is a 1:1 assessment carried out by the class teacher in a relaxed way so that children are able to use their Phonic skills and knowledge of segmenting and blending to read real and pseudo-words. If a child does not meet the pass mark (usually 32 out of 40), they will be assessed again as part of their curriculum in Year 2.
In Year 2, around May time each year, children must take Reading and Mathematics tests. Teachers use these tests, and their own assessment evidence, to decide on a child's achievement. In Writing, teachers use their own assessment evidence as there is no test.
The National Curriculum objectives for each year group build towards the ‘end of year expectations’ for that year group. This enables children to make progress towards the end goal.
If pupils are ‘Working at Greater Depth’ in an area, they are working beyond the year group expectations; if they are ‘Emerging’, they are working towards the end of year National Curriculum expectations; if pupils are ‘expected’, they are meeting the end of year expectations.
The report below is produced for Governors and parents each year. We hope you find it helpful. You can also follow the link to the School Performance tables to look at the school's performance in comparison to all schools nationally and also similar schools. This is updated in the middle of October each year.