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:
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:
Types of Assessment used in the Link School:
Provides a snapshot of attainment at the end of a unit, term, year group, key stage or when a pupil is leaving the school. It makes judgments about a pupils’ performance in relation to national standards.
Assessment for Learning is the day to day ongoing assessment to enable teachers to identify the next steps in a pupils’ learning and to enable pupils to have greater involvement and responsibility for their own learning. Key strategies used to ensure good formative assessment takes place include observation, discussion, questioning, paired response work and quality marking.
Diagnostic assessment helps to identify pupil’s strengths and areas for development. We use outcomes from assessments to plan future work and to identify groups of children who need support. This process also helps us with our target setting and to reflect on teaching and learning strategies which we use.
You can read our Assessment, Marking and Feedback Policy by downloading the PDF below.
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Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR3 4EE
Tel: 0191 561 5777
Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA
Tel: 0191 561 4777