Assessment at Nelson

We believe that good quality teacher assessment is essential in ensuring that children and teachers can evaluate their current areas of strength and gaps for development. We believe it is crucial that every child knows what their next steps are, and that all members of the team support them to reach these and know how to use the Norfolk Assessment Pathway to set the next one.

We strive to ensure that teachers are:

  • Skilled in assessing for learning
  • Understand how to use formative assessment to inform termly summative judgements
  • Know the curriculum and standards they are working towards using the Norfolk Assessment Pathway
  • Are able to assess children’s knowledge, skills and understanding against the curriculum standards

When teachers are clear in the standards reached and gaps in learning, they are able to plan the next steps and learning opportunities precisely through bespoke interventions for groups and individuals, alongside highly adapted quality first teaching. All teaching teams confidently use the Norfolk Assessment Pathway, which follows the National Curriculum precisely within each key stage, to track daily and weekly when a step is met which then informs the next step for progress for individual children.

Methods of Assessment

We have a clear and rigorous assessment strategy in line with our curriculum which articulates the method of assessment and methods of quality assurance.

At Nelson, we use a combination of methods to reach a secure teacher assessment against termly age related expectations. We have considered benefits of each individual method and believe that a combination approach will lead to the most valid and reliable assessment to allow teachers to be accurate in next step planning and therefore allow the best progress.

Recording Assessments

All children in EYFS have a Learning Journal which contains evidence of all the areas of the EYFS Framework and evidence against the Characteristics of Effective Learning, next steps are identified and marked with a star sticker when they are achieved to demonstrate progress. At Nelson, we assess all children in their Reception year against the Wellcom assessment system and track this on a bespoke tracking spreadsheet. This allows us to identify gaps for the cohort and individual pupils. The children with the lowest scores go on to be assessed using Talk Boost and intervention groups/individual sessions set up based on their specific targets.

We use our carefully developed marking and feedback policy to ensure children are aware of how and where they have met their success criteria in each piece of learning, and what their next steps are. Each child’s next steps can be found on the target wall in their classroom for Reading, Writing and Maths. These are tracked by all members of the class teaching team, and moved into their books when met (annotated with a date next to the evidence), and the next set of next steps written onto post-its next to the relevant target when the last one has been achieved. The children are all aware of their next steps in learning across the phases and look for opportunities to practice. Evidence can be found and annotated in learning journeys, books, and on SeeSaw.

All staff look for opportunities to evidence learning, and record observations which highlight when a child has achieved a learning objective/next step or been supported by an adult to move their learning forward.

Each child at Nelson has a personalised SeeSaw profile. In Reception, staff record wow moments and evidence of progress/meeting next steps to communicate with parents and ensure they are aware of their child’s successes. Children use QR codes to access learning during investigation time, and start to record their own evidence. In Year 1 and Year 2, children record their own evidence against next steps on SeeSaw either as a photograph, voice recording or video.

For our children who are learning significantly below age related expectations, we use the Engagement Model as a tool for tracking smaller steps of progress and establishing next steps – we have created a bespoke excel version of the model to ensure effective tracking and recording.

Keep scrolling to check out our Assessment Policy which explains how we track every area of the curriculum, as well as downloadable PDF versions of all the frameworks we use to plan and assess attainment and progress.