Feedback and Assessment
Feedback and assessment are an integral part of Teaching and Learning which supports teachers in addressing students’ misconceptions and closing gaps in their knowledge. Our vision for assessment at Kempston Academy is for students to become the best they can be and get the grades that enable them to move onto their next steps in life through:
- Understanding of prior data ● Regular reporting to parents ● Students’ own targets ● Proactive intervention ● Using regular assessment to drive lesson planning
The use of regular assessment and the constant use of feedback that happens in all lessons, enables a teacher to immediately address misconceptions and close gaps in knowledge. Strategies that a teacher might use to formatively assess are;
1. Recall Questions 2. Exit Tickets 3. Quizzes 4. Mini Whiteboard Test 5. Knowledge Tests 6. Multiple Choice Questions 7. Spelling or Literacy Tests 8. Discussions 9. Assignments 10. Extended Writing 11. Exam Questions
Assessment Points and Reporting to Parents
In KS3, data will be formally collected on student progress at 3 key points;
Assessment Point 1 – November Assessment Point 2 – March Assessment Point 3 - June
Our KS3 Assessment builds on the KS2 National Curriculum, allows for progression through the KS3 National Curriculum and prepares students for the KS4 curriculum. In addition at KS3, we set aspirational targets based on prior attainment (KS2 SATs and/or Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) which is a diagnostic assessment that is designed to help students and their teachers understand how they learn and what their academic potential might be. It assesses how students think in areas that are known to make a difference to learning). Students will work towards this target during the year. The targets are for each year and the work will get harder as students move from Year 7 to Year 9.
We use the terms 'Accomplished, Skilled, Competent, Improving, Emerging' We also use comments to indicate students behaviour and effort in lessons and in terms of homework too.
More information about Reports is available here