Assessment is carried out on a daily basis in class. Pupils are encouraged to assess their own work (self assessment); the work of their classmates (peer assessment); and to discuss their work with the teachers (teacher assessment). In addition, teachers will do more formal assessments in all curricular areas, and in particular in reading, writing and maths. Twice a session, assessment work will be collated in individual pupil folios which parents will have access to and can comment upon. Pupils in Primary 1-4 also complete Personal Learning Plans twice per session setting targets for themselves in Maths, Literacy and Health and Wellbeing. Pupils in Primary 5-7 share their achievements in an E-Portfolio. All assessment data will be used to support and influence the planning of pupils’ future learning activities.
On an annual basis, pupils will undergo Standardised Testing in Maths and Reading. At P1, P3, P5 and P7, East Renfrewshire Council take responsibility for the marking and collation of results. At P2, P4 and P6, in-house Standardised Tests are undertaken. In this way we can track results, progress and attainment for all pupils throughout their school life.
The Curriculum for Excellence assessments are collated and quality approved for the National Assessment Resource (NAR), which is a bank of assessments that test pupils’ skills across a series of lessons. School staff have received training on developing assessment materials using specific CfE Experiences and Outcomes. More information can be obtained from: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningteachingandassessment/assessment/supportmaterials/nar/index.asp
If the school has any concerns about a pupil’s learning based on classroom observations or other assessments, this will be discussed during parents’ meetings. Alternatively, we may contact parents outwith the designated reporting times to discuss any issues which arise. This will always be done in a sensitive manner and may lead to short term or longer term interventions to ensure progress occurs at the pace which suits the individual child.
Every year the school offers a minimum of three opportunities for parents to receive feedback on their child’s learning achievements. In November and March, the school hosts Parents’ Meetings where parents will get an opportunity to discuss progress, attainment and next steps for learning.
In June, parents will be issued with a report card detailing written information on their child’s progress, attainment and future learning, covering the whole session.
In November, March and June, parents will be given the opportunity to share their views on their child’s achievements and parental feedback is always encouraged.
If parents have any concerns regarding their child’s learning or any pastoral concerns which may have an impact on this, we welcome the opportunity for parents to share this with class teachers or members of the management team.
Mrs McGarvey P1-3
Mrs Wilson P4-7
Appointments can be arranged by contacting the school office throughout the school session.