The main purpose of assessment in our school is to help teachers, parents and students plan their next steps in learning.
To ensure that we meet individual needs we use qualitative data to gain an understanding of underlying reasons and motivations, provide insights into any problems and develop a holistic understanding of each student.
Findings from qualitative data are reviewed alongside quantitative data which is used to measure progress against our Charlton Park P Steps. Quantitative data is used to monitor individual progress and attainment, summarise the achievement of groups of students and drive whole school planning and improvement.
Our use of assessment
Teachers use the outcomes of our assessments to:
- Summarise and analyse attainment and progress for their students and classes
- Plan the learning for every student to ensure they meet or exceed expectations.
Teachers and leaders analyse the data across the school to ensure:
- That students identified as vulnerable or at particular risk are making appropriate progress
- That all students are suitably challenged.
Analyses are discussed formally at half termly Student Progress meetings and informally with colleagues, middle leaders and / or subject leaders. Where interventions are necessary they are planned and documented within student progress reports.
We track student progress on SOLAR and additionally on more detailed tracking grids used for individuals to monitor progress over time. Assessment judgements are evidenced by daily lesson evaluations, records of intervention strategies, end of unit assessments and accreditation learning pathways. Additionally, teachers track progress towards EHCP outcomes. These are also monitored with leaders and student progress meetings.
Charlton Park P Steps
A new assessment framework for Charlton Park Academy.
All students at KS3 and 4 are assessed using framework CPA P Steps.
The ‘CPA P’ Steps retain the labelling system used in the P Scales. The new scale runs from P1-P14. The lower levels of P1-P3 are still subdivided, to reflect the slower rate of progress made by students at the beginning of their learning journey. P9 and above link to the National Curriculum. Each level is defined by 10 descriptors. The descriptors have been developed from the original P Scale descriptors, old national curriculum level descriptors, the new national curriculum framework, assessment objectives within WJEC and Gateway accreditation, the Routes for Learning PMLD curriculum descriptors and the descriptors written by Wilson Stuart School.