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Assessment at Sheffield Park Academy

Types of Assessment

We carry out two types of assessment at Sheffield Park Academy:

  • Formative assessment is regular monitoring of student understanding in lessons and home learning, with regular feedback, to develop student knowledge. This includes:
    • Book marking through whole class feedback
    • In class-activities aimed at developing skills fluency
    • Live marking and feedback from teachers in lessons
    • Student self and peer assessment against model answers or markschemes
  • Summative assessment is formal testing – whether topic tests in classrooms or more formal mock examinations.

Aims of Assessment

Through formative and summative assessment, we aim to develop our core student value of knowledge. We aim to give students determination to reflect on their work and successes and improve. We aim to make give our students ambition to continually develop. We aim to give students the knowledge they need to become Sheffield’s influential young leaders of tomorrow.

Formative assessments supports this by continually reinforcing student knowledge and fluency in core subject skills as they progress through the curriculum.

Summative assessment aims to

  • Enable teachers, students and parents to regularly track student progress
  • To inform:
    • Setting
    • Tiering at GCSE
    • Qualification and options pathways at the KS3/KS4 and KS4/KS5 transitions
    • How teachers plan and adapt their lessons to be appropriate for their groups and individuals within the groups
  • Give an opportunity to embed knowledge through the “curve of forgetting” by revisiting knowledge in revision lessons prior to testing
  • Give students defined actions to improve following summative assessment
  • To link to continual formative assessment, including through whole class feedback on topic tests
  • Enable appropriate targeting of support and intervention

Summative Assessment Schedule

We carry out three formal summative assessment points throughout the year, once per term.

The schedule of these assessment points is shown below. For more detailed information on individual subjects, please see the relevant headings under the “Assessment” tabs.

Assessment Point

Year Group

Summative Testing

1 (Christmas Term)

7

Subject topic tests

8

Subject topic tests

9

Subject topic tests

10

Subject topic tests

11

Pre-Public Exams – November Mocks

2 (Easter Term)

7

Subject topic tests

Maths and English – Midyear Exams

8

Subject topic tests

Maths and English – Midyear Exams

9

Subject topic tests

Maths and English – Midyear Exams

10

Subject topic tests

Maths and English – Midyear Exams

11

Pre-Public Exams – March Mocks

3 (Summer Term)

7

KS3 End of Year Exams

8

KS3 End of Year Exams

9

KS3 End of Year Exams

10

Y10 End of Year Mock Exams

11

Public Exams - GCSE Summer Exams

 

We offer our students at Sheffield Park a range of academic and vocational subjects. In vocational subjects, how student progress is assessed may involve a range of practical activities as well as written tests. For subject specific information, see the “Assessment” tab on the school website.

Target setting

We set student targets at the beginning of Year 7 as students enter the school, to enable tracking of how students are progressing relative to their starting point.

We base these on data from primary school (KS2). We also conduct additional testing such as reading age tests (NGRT) to refine these targets.

Targets are designed as a minimum to check students are making expected progress, not a ceiling or a limit to what our students can achieve. Targets are reviewed periodically as student performance may change during their time in school.

Reporting of Summative Assessment

We aim to update parents regularly with assessment results.

Follow each assessment point, a report card will be emailed out to parents with summative assessment grades.

These grades are “age related grades” and represent an estimated performance in the GCSE or BTEC final exams if a student performs at an equivalent position in their cohort. They do not represent actual GCSE exam performance – for example, a Year 7 student receiving a grade 5 would not be expecting to perform at the same standard as a Year 11 student receiving a grade 5 in the final exams. However, the Year 7 student would be performing at an equivalent position in their cohort, and if they continued to sustain this performance throughout school, would be expected to achieve this grade in their final qualifications.

The report emailed out will be in the following format:

 

On the report, targets and grades are shown. Colours are used to illustrate how students are performing relative to their target.

Blue – over target by at least one grade

Green – on target

Amber – below target by 1 grade

Red – below target by more than 1 grade

Effort grades for are also given. These are given by class teachers to indicate how hard students are working in each subject. These are:

1 – Outstanding

2 – Good

3 – Requires Improvement

4 – Poor

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