"In reality it is through classroom assessment that attitudes, skills, knowledge and thinking are fostered, nurtured and accelerated." (Hynes, 1991)
Staff at MPL use professional judgement, supported by pupil voice, work in books and summative data, to judge whether a child is working at, below or above age-related expectations in core subjects.
There are three strands of assessment at MPL:
- Diagnostic - Continuous assessment for learning with immediate feedback and next steps. It is a two-way dialogue with pupils that informs planning. It is filled with rich question and answer sessions that deepen thinking.
- Gap analysis - Narrow statements within topics or units which can be assessed with a yes/no decision for each pupil. The results of this will inform planning and identify targeted groups.
- Summative - This summarises where learners are at a given point, to provide a snapshot of attainment.