Thank you to Michael Dillon, Head Teacher at Kew Riverside Primary School for this guest post
I recently attended our Local Authority’s (Richmond & Kingston) annual Assessment and Learning Conference, which is always well organised and extremely informative. Throughout the day there were several excellent speakers and presentations, including South Farnham School, the Institute of Education and the assessment consultant and writer Shirley Clarke.
However, what was particularly interesting this year, was the presentation by the Standards & Teaching Agency of the draft Performance Descriptors for Key Stage 1 and 2 teacher assessment. I know that all my colleagues found the information really useful, especially as it was coming directly from the STA.
As you are no doubt are aware these have recently been published and are open for consultation until 18th December 2014. These will eventually become the new indicators by which performance will be measured for Y2 and Y6.
So what does this mean in practical terms for us in school? Well, I will be spending the rest of the academic year reviewing our whole school assessment policy.
I know the Performance Descriptors are still in consultation, but we will start with using our next INSET day (January 2015) to read them in more detail and take the opportunity to review them against our curriculum, particularly for Y2 and Y6. We will also discuss different options available to describe performance. Finally, and to be honest, most importantly, we will begin to review our assessment culture, assessment principles and what is actually happening in the classroom (our procedures). Our initial focus will be the quality of the marking in children’s books, including evidence of peer and self assessment. Continue reading →