Do you know for sure how your pupils are progressing in the non-SATs years (1, 3, 4 and 5)? 35% of Autumn Ofsted reports were critical of internal tracking. They say that teachers are not well equipped to respond in a timely fashion to strengths and weaknesses in individual pupils.
Can you spot weak topics? The Annual Primary Assessment reports provide at–a-glance results, plus a ‘thermometer’ presentation of relative strengths and weaknesses, ideal for busy teachers and senior leaders requiring a quick overview of performance.
Do you know in good time whether your pupils have sufficient skills to tackle tests? The most common shortcomings in test techniques are not easy to resolve during a late push in Year 6. Slow writers, slow readers, children with weak retrieval skills and poor interpretation of questions face challenges that cannot be ‘fixed’ at the last minute. Weak skills need to be identified much earlier and worked on gently over time.
Simple tests allow you to spot these pupils and support them over time using non-threatening tests introduced sensitively over the years to avoid an anxious sprint in Year 6. Schools that have a good grip on standards use informal tests as just one of a school’s assessment techniques, to corroborate classroom impressions and pinpoint the quality of unaided work.
Do you have the Standard right yet? An increasing number of schools are criticised by Ofsted for having a weak grasp of the new standard. 7% of schools received a negative front-page key finding because they are overestimating pupils. Don’t be caught out: the Annual Primary Assessments offer a quick and easy way of checking that each cohort is on track against the absolute standard of National Curriculum expectations.
Are you in line with government recommendations? The Annual Primary Assessments enable you to take a quick unbiased check on National Curriculum objectives so that you can identify the strengths and weaknesses of individuals, classes and cohorts, and is an approach that featured in the DfE’s Commission on Assessment without Levels September 2015 report.
While the content of each year alters to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum, each year’s Master pack includes photocopiable assessments for maths, reading and writing, plus a Teacher’s Booklet for each year.