Assessment Policy

Qualifying Statement:

 Not everything that counts can be measured. Not everything that can be measured counts. (Albert Einstein)

Inspectors must take account of:

the learning and progress across year groups of different groups of pupils currently on the roll of the school, including disabled pupils, those who have special educational needs, disadvantaged pupils and the most able; OFSTED framework 2015.

Due to the changing nature of the Link School cohort, measuring progress across the key stages can be challenging. The small number of learners in all key stages also makes the statistical analysis of trends difficult. Some of the issues faced include:

  • Learners coming on roll throughout the whole of the academic year.
  • A wide range of complex individual need e.g. disengagement, behavioural, spld, mld, SEN, mental health and addiction issues.
  • A wide range of home circumstances e.g. some students experience settled home backgrounds whilst others experience extremely traumatic home lives characterised by alcohol, drug abuse, domestic violence, criminality and mental health issues. A significant minority of students are in Local Authority Care.

In short, for some students even a very small amount of academic progress over a period of time can be nothing short of miraculous where, for others, the same amount of progress would be deemed as unsatisfactory.

At The Link School, the collection and storage of assessment data is managed using the assessment data base.

Aims of the policy:

We recognise that the assessment process is crucial and in order to be effective in this we aim:

  • To provide clear guidelines on the school’s approach to assessment.
  • To establish a coherent approach to assessment across all departments.
  • To provide a system that is clear to learners, staff and other stakeholders.

You can read our full Assessment Policy by downloading the PDF below.

  Assessment Policy – PDF


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