As a school we worked hard across the academic year 2014-2015 to put in place our own school system for assessing children without levels. Across the Autumn and Spring Term we worked on developing our understanding of the new curriculum content, embedding the use of our own school designed assessment tools across all core and foundation subjects.

We have seen the removal of levels as an opportunity for us to build our own assessment system that meets the needs of our children and centres on the judgements of our staff who know what the children can do and what they need to do next. As a school we have built our own assessment tools that allow us to track children against national standards as they move through each year group. The assessment tools we have developed are providing us with an accurate picture of what children can do and as a staff we are working together to moderate and discuss the judgements we are making, whilst also working with another local school to compare judgements. The “Lets Rethink Assessment” Course introduces participants to the changing landscape of assessment, using our school model as a discussion point to share the approach we have taken and the thinking behind it. Use the tabs below to find out more about the course.

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This is an interactive 1/2 day session that can be adapted for a range of different audiences ranging from Senior/Middle Leaders, Teachers, Teaching Assistants or Other Professionals working within school. It aims for participants to: 

  • Understand the new landscape for assessment.
  • Develop an insight into the new terminology for assessment.
  • Understand the key principles behind the development of a schools assessment strategy

Course Content 

  • Background to changes & National picture so far 
  • The Assessment Commission Report Introduction to terminology and national data overview
  • Assessment in Action-Book Scrutiny and classroom practitioner presentation [/learn_more]

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Date & Times:

Session 1-Friday 10th  July 2015 9.00 a.m.—11.30 am.

Venue: DTC Seedfield Site, Parkinson Street, Bury, BL9 6NY

Activity Leaders: Christine Reynolds (HT), Andrew Rhodes (DHT) & Rachel McLoughlin (Y3 Teacher)


Date & Times:

Session 1-Friday 06 November 2015 9.00 a.m.—11.30 am.

Session 2-TBC

Venue: Unsworth Primary School (Training Room), Blackley Close, Parr Lane, Bury BL9 8LY

Activity Leaders: Christine Reynolds (HT), Andrew Rhodes (DHT) & Rachel McLoughlin (Y3 Teacher) [/learn_more]

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“It has given an excellent insight into a new way of working-very valuable training”

“Absolutely fantastic-easy to follow and understand. Thank you.”

“Thought it was excellent. I work with MLD pupils. I think the grids show exactly where a pupil is and where they go next.”

“Fascinating and thought provoking. In terms of working with other schools, the use of real pupil work is really useful as are the activities which made me think!”

“If I was a new teacher joining your school and was presented with the information. I feel I would instantly know my class.”[/learn_more]


If you are interested in this course for staff within school or as a PAD or development session , contact us via the options below stating the course title to register an interest:

  • email:
  • phone: 01617664876
  • twitter: @unsworthprimary



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