Assessment and Reporting
Assessment is an important part of the Curriculum for Excellence and, at all levels, pupils’ progress is closely monitored by teachers and staff. In turn, teachers and staff work with pupils to reflect on their results, looking at their strengths and learning needs, agreeing next steps and action based on these. As they progress, pupils become more involved in this process, as they develop the skills to make effective judgments on their own learning, developing personal expertise that will be important to them throughout life. Assessment also helps teachers plan learning experiences which are motivating and challenging. Children who may have additional support needs will be assessed using methods best suited to their individual requirements.
The school and nursery class use a range of approaches to ensure that every child’s progress is effectively tracked, assessed and monitored. Staff engage in observations, discussions with children and monitor work being produced. We use a range of ongoing assessments and take account of the views of children, aiming to ensure that every child can reach his/her full potential.
We have produced target books so that children can work with their teachers in identifying suitable targets to focus on in literacy, maths and health and wellbeing. These books also contain children’s current working levels, feedback from teachers and comments from parents and are sent home each term. Parents/Carers are welcomed to progress/target setting meetings twice a year, as well as other events where evidence of children’s learning can be shared. When these meetings take place we also hold an event in the dining hall to share information on our progress with the School Improvement Plan and other initiatives within the school and nursery. Written reports are provided twice a year. By ensuring that we share details of children’s progress and next steps we are able to work together with families to effectively plan future learning opportunities.