How We Assess Children

At The Deans Primary we put into place effective strategies for assessment and record keeping providing a continuous record of learners’ achievements and their progress. Assessment is both formative as children learn and summative to evaluate the gains that have been made. It is kept to the minimum necessary to be fit for its purpose. It is the basis for passing on information from one stage to the next to make the transition smooth. It is used to keep parents well informed of their child’s progress and achievement through both verbal dialogue and written reports. Parents and learners are involved in the assessment, record keeping and reporting strategy at appropriate points.

Through our assessment framework we aim:

  1. To chart the learner’s progress and achievement throughout the school and to provide accurate information at points of transition.
  2. To assess a learner’s development and progress in its work by recording his/her progress and achievements in knowledge, skills and understanding.
  3. To record learners’ personal and social progress and achievements.
  4. To be the basis of feedback to learners and to help them set individual targets for improvement.
  5. To ensure efficient and effective continuity and progression of learning across the school.
  6. To be the basis of clear and accurate reporting of progress and achievement to learners, parents and carers.
  7. To promote the greater involvement of learners and parents in assessment and the teaching and learning process.
  8. To assist in the diagnosis and identification of individual and special needs.
  9. To ensure common practice throughout the school and to assist in the smooth transition to other schools.
  10. To give the Headteacher and other leaders a clear picture of standards, progress and achievement within the school.


Here at The Deans assessment is not separate from, but an integral part of, the way we teach. Recording achievement recognises not only the skills and knowledge in written form but also practical skills, social attitudes and personal qualities that represent the wider aims of education.

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