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Assessment Arrangements


Pupils arrive at Hillborough Junior School in Year 3 having completed a range of KS1 assessments including:

  • Phonics Screening check for Year 2 pupils
  • English reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Mathematics

The results of these assessments support teachers in identifying pupils working below, at or above the age-related expectation. This judgement, along with our own ‘Baseline’ assessment tests (sat in the early autumn term) are used to guide junior school staff in identifying a starting point from which progress can be measured.

All new pupils are assessed soon after arriving and the results attained are used alongside assessments forwarded by their previous schools to identify at what point they are at on their learning journey.

During their time at the junior school, pupils will be formally assessed periodically and informally assessed regularly, to identify gaps in knowledge and understanding and to support judgements on progress (see the attached ‘Assessment Cycle’).

During the summer term in Year 4 pupils will sit an online Multiplication tables test.

At the end of Year 6, pupils will sit ‘End of Key Stage 2 Assessments’ - commonly referred to as SATs. These will take the form of externally marked:

  • English Reading Test (1 paper)
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling (2 papers)
  • Mathematics Reasoning Test (2 papers)
  • Mathematics Arithmetic (1 paper)

In addition to this, pupils will be teacher assessed for their writing. Teacher assessments are periodically moderated by the Local Authority.

Whilst considering our approach to assessment we have given due consideration to the principles below:

Principles for Assessment

NAHT – For Leaders, For Learners
Underpinning Principles for Assessment
P1. Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning.
  • Assessment provides evidence to guide teaching and learning.
  • Assessment provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate and review their progress.
P2. Assessment is fair.
  • Assessment is inclusive of all abilities.
  • Assessment is free from bias towards factors that are not relevant to what the assessment intends to address.
P3. Assessment is honest.
  • Assessment outcomes are used in ways that minimise undesirable effects.
  • Assessment outcomes are conveyed in an open, honest and transparent way to assist pupils with their learning.
  • Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals to ensure their accuracy.
P4. Assessment is ambitious.
  • Assessment places achievement in context against nationally standardised criteria and expected standards.
  • Assessment embodies, through objective criteria, a pathway of progress and development for every child.
  • Assessment objectives set high expectations for learners.
P5. Assessment is appropriate.
  • The purpose of any assessment process should be clearly stated.
  • Conclusions regarding pupil achievement are valid when the assessment method is appropriate (to age, to the task, and to the desired feedback information).
  • Assessment should draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of student achievement.
  • Assessment should demand no more procedures or records than are practically required to allow pupils, their parents and teachers to plan future learning.
P6. Assessment is consistent.
  • Judgements are formed according to common principles.
  • The results are readily understandable by third parties.
  • A school's results are capable of comparison with other schools, both locally and nationally.
P7. Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable information for:
  • pupils in developing their learning;
  • parents in supporting children with their learning;
  • teachers in planning teaching and learning;
  • school leaders and governors in planning and allocating resources; and
  • government and agents of government.
P8. Assessment feedback should inspire greater effort and a belief that, through hard work and practice, more can be achieved.

Assessment Cycle


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