Assessment is the cornerstone of good teaching practice and it is important that information about children’s progress is collected systematically and used for appropriate action. PIPS testing of Primary1 pupils takes place at the start and end of the school year. Primary 3 and 6 pupils complete INCAS tests in Reading and Maths later in the year. These diagnostic assessments are used as an internal tool in the school to confirm the teacher’s assessment of the childrens’ learning needs. It also checks the child’s progress over the year.
Assessment is crucial to tracking progress and planning next steps to enable quality learning to take place. Learners are greatly involved in this process so that they can take ownership of learning progression.
- Self-assessment – what has been successful and what needs improvement
- Peer assessment – help others appreciate what is good about their work and what needs developing
- Personal learning planning – pupils, teachers and parents will work together to develop planning for the child’s next steps in learning.
Reporting informs parents/carers of their child’s progress. This can be in the form of written reports and parent appointments. The written report in March will advise how much progress has been made since the initial parent appointment in September. Learning and achievements are also reported more informally at ‘open afternoons’ or via ‘learning wall’ displays.
Teaching staff and school management may also get in touch with parents/carers to discuss any learning, personal or behaviour matter as issues arise.