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Kempston Academy

Assessment

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

Marking

Assessment Points and Reporting to Parents

 

Assessment, behaviour and effort data will be formally collected  at 3 key points;

Assessment Point 1 – Autumn term     Assessment Point 2 – Spring term     Assessment Point 3 - Summer term

 

Our KS3 Assessment builds on the  KS2 National Curriculum, allows for progression through the KS3 National Curriculum and prepares students for the KS4 curriculum. 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 be more challenging as students move from Year 7 to Year 9.  

All our students' school reports are available to view by parents via EduLink One  This new system ensures each parent has an electronic copy of their child’s reports, accessible whenever needed and to ensure we are conforming to GDPR regulations.


In response to parent and student feedback, we have also changed the way we grade students at KS3. Instead of using words such as ‘emerging’ and ‘accomplished’ we now use percentages to indicate how children have performed in each subject, each term. We know progress is not linear and may go up and down depending on the topic covered that term, so we include an average grade per subject, so parents can see how their child has performed compared to the rest of the year group as well as their aspirational target grade.


At the top of the reports we include children's reading age, attendance and punctuality to date as well as the number of praise points the child has received that term. Praise points are issued each session for those students who display excellent behaviour and attitude in lessons, students will receive rewards later in the term as they accumulate points. The ‘behaviour points’ indicate the number of times a child has not followed the school rules.