Assessment, in all its forms, is a critical part of the work of the school. It helps the school to identify patterns of performance in comparison with national, local and similar schools and the results enable the school to set targets for future performance. It helps teachers monitor the success of teaching strategies, informs future planning and pupil grouping and enables them to set targets for individual children. It allows the children to know what they are good at and what next steps they need to take to continue to improve.
Finally, assessment allows teachers to monitor the achievements and progress of individual children and pass that information on to parents. Assessments are undertaken daily as the children are learning through dialogue with the child and the marking completed. More formal assessments take place at the end of each term to inform the target setting and planning for the next term.