In September 2014 schools across the country were faced with the challenge of developing their own assessment systems to track the attainment and progress of children, due to the removal of national curriculum levels for all year groups, with the exception of Year 2 and Year 6 who continued to use levels until September 2016.
As a school we embraced the challenges of having an opportunity to devise and implement our own systems and we have spent the time since the removal of levels developing our thinking and practice as a whole staff. In light of this and supported by BEST (Bury Education Support and Training), we put together a series of 3 linked training sessions for Head teachers or senior leaders, where we were aiming to discuss and unpick “assessment” through using our own school as a starting point to think about how developing a bespoke assessment system matched to a schools own curriculum makes assessment become school owned.
The first two cohorts ran from February to July 2016, cohort 3 between September and November 2016 and cohort 4 in spring 2018. If you are interested in the programme contact the school office to register your interest.
All the course materials are presented digitally for ease of use through an app called Trello, which is used across all three sessions to communicate and share, so it is essential that all participants set up a trello account on a tablet or laptop. Once registered on the course, participants are added to the relevant Trello board to access the course materials.
This is a joint practice development opportunity for school leaders to develop a strategic plan for assessment. It aims for leaders to:
Session 1 - What is Assessment?
Background to changes & National picture so far.
Inspection Dashboard & Commission Report.
Assessment in Action-School Learning Walk.
Session 2 - How to lead Assessment & Track Pupil Achievement
Tools for tracking and self-evaluation.
Role of governors.
Role of the LT & Teachers.
Assessment in Action-Conducting Staff & Governor Interviews.
Session 3 - Whole School Strategy for Leading Assessment and Self evaluation
Group discussion of leading assessment within school.
Assessment in Action-Focus on feedback and marking through a teacher’s view and work scrutiny.
Creating a whole school Model for Leading Assessment & Action Planning.
There will be a post session task after session 1 and 2 which will be conducted in learning 3’s. Participants will have the opportunity to see assessment in action and use a range of self-evaluation processes to formulate their own strategic plan for leading assessment.
“Classrooms were stimulating and supported children’s learning. Children were able to talk about their learning confidently and knew the purpose of their tasks.”
“What an inspirational leadership team and staff! Thank you for everything you have shared, I have taken so much from the course. An amazing school with such dedicated staff.”
“I have taken away so much! I found the governor session excellent and I have already put several procedures in place. Thank you for sharing paperwork as it is great to use it as a template for our own.”
“The books are excellent. Marking signposts how to improve really well. The children work very much independently and are proud of their work and their school. Displays are beautiful and vibrant. Children are polite to each other and can talk eloquently. All this has clearly been developed over time. Great staff!”
“It was so good to see all the staff working together as a team. You could see this culture well and truly embedded throughout the school.”
“Thank you so much for organising and facilitating this course. Your support has been invaluable. You have given me the confidence to move assessment to the next level back at my school. Can you also pass on my thanks and gratitude to all of your staff who have contributed to making this course a huge success. They, along with your pupils, have made me feel inspired once again!”
“Thanks to everybody-our school motto is Happiness and High Standards. Your team seems to be as near to achieving it as possible. Well done!”
“Thank you so much for letting us see all the amazing things you are doing with your children. You clearly enthuse and inspire your children. I saw lots of fantastic teaching.”