Assessment is a crucial part of teaching and learning. The main aim of assessment is to help all students become better learners and increase their confidence, motivation and independence in the learning process, whilst upholding high expectations of every student regardless of their ability. We want to promote excellence from every student whatever their starting point.

The purpose of each assessment should always be clear and teachers should have a clear understanding of what students are expected to master at any given stage of the curriculum which should be clearly aligned with the department’s curriculum intent, implementation and impact. Before an assessment takes place, the teacher should be clear about the function they want that assessment to perform and how they are going to use the data generated to improve teaching and learning. In essence, every assessment we conduct should have a direct positive impact on the academic progress of the students we teach, helping them to become independent and resilient learners.

When topics or themes are taught at Ridgeway, a student’s attainment and progress are assessed in two ways; formatively and summatively. These assessments will be used to aid progression for your child but also to accurately inform reporting to ensure that you as a parent or guardian receive the most accurate and current data. As parents, you will not receive the data from each of these assessments as they inform our reports. Moreover, each department staggers assessments across topics.

Formative assessment is utilised mid-topic and can be described as low stakes testing as it is used to aid a teacher’s planning to diagnostically find areas that need to be recovered or retaught in a different way to eradicate misunderstanding. Summative assessment, however, often sits at the end of a topic and will be used to ascertain a grade that your child is working at. Detailed and individualised feedback will follow summative assessment to help move all students forward in their learning journey.

The data we send home needs to communicate to parents that we care about the progress their children make and that they can trust that we always act in the best interests of their child.