There are two forms of assessment that our children are actively involved in namely assessment for learning and assessment of learning.
Assessment for learning
This is carried out on a daily basis and enables children and their teacher to know where they are in their learning and more importantly what they need to do to make the next steps. These assessments for reading, writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling and mathematics are recorded using our online tracking system, School Pupil Tracker Online (SPTO). This enables us to measure and track progress and attainment as the children move from year to year. The system also allows us to identify groups of children and individuals who need extra support to ensure that they reach their full potential. This tracking system is shared with parents electronically at the end of each term so that they are fully aware of the attainment and progress that their children have made. Parents unable to access the reports electronically can request a hard copy from the school office.
Assessment of learning
This is a summative process and often takes the form of internal tests. At Ferrars we also administer standardised external tests for reading and mathematics called pira (progress in reading assessment) and puma (progress in understanding mathematics assessment). Pira and puma are administered when children enter the school and then at the end of each term allowing us to moderate and validate our own teacher assessments. All the information we gather from our assessments is used to measure progress and attainment allowing teachers to carefully plan for the children in their care to ensure that they achieve their maximum potential.