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Assessment at Wellhouse School

In September 2015 the Department for Education entrusted schools with developing their own way of assessing children in the primary phase. With this move the government phased out the standardised levels, which had been in place for many years, and gave the schools the power to design a system that worked for their pupils.

In the Heights Federation, after much discussion and research, we have streamlined our assessment and starting in Septemeber 2019 we moved to be in line with the national terminology. 

Parents will now be informed at Parents Evenings, interim reports and end of year reports whether or not their child is on track to acheive one of 3 strands:

WTS- Working towards the year group standard

EXS- At the year group's expected standard

GDS- At greater than the year group's expected standard

This will help parents to see clearly where their child is, with staff having regular discussions with parents, Senior leaders and each other on how to continue to move pupils forward.

Note: Please be aware- a pupil who is on track to meet the expected standard in September and is still at the expected standard at the end of the year has made the correct progress. This would mean that they have learnt all of the aspects of that Year group's curriculum within that academic year. 

To ensure the children within our care are making the progress expected we, as a school have tracking systems. We may test the children from time to time- but our assessment system is not based around testing, we believe in getting to know the pupils and judging them on more than just a test.

Please take a look at our assessment powerpoint below- it has all of the key information on what assessment is at the Heights Federation.

If you would like anymore information on the assessment system, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with our assessment leader Miss Emma Walton.


Please click on the link to find out more about life without levels and how the assessment system at the Heights Federation works.

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Early years assessment

Assessment in the Early Years is seperate from the Key Stage 1 and 2 system.

In the Early Years we use the Early Learning Goals as a means of assessment at the end of reception. When children start with us in reception we conduct an observational baseline of the children. Using this and our assessment system, we will be able to give a clear indication of progress to parents and stakeholders throughout the year.

From September 2021 children in reception will be required to complete the government's new statutory baseline test. Teachers within the class will also continue to use observation to gain a fuller baseline picture of each child. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Miss Walton, the Federation EYFS Coordinator, if you have any questions about this system.

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