So the Autumn data is in – certainly for KS2 and in secondary schools, mocks for Y11, 12s and 13s will have either started in December and finishing in January or starting now at the beginning of the Spring term.
Reception and KS1 staff will be earnestly looking at their data as for them teacher assessment is key and it is their judgement (albeit moderated) that will decide whether the child has reached the “Good Level of Development” in the Early Years and “expected “and “greater depth” in KS1.
It is this very information, that will help chart pupil progress in KS2 and beyond. Whatever the situation, January heralds the march for results and the word assessment is always on everybody’s lips!
As educators, we see the need for assessment as essential! So using the information you have gathered, both what you know about your pupils and what they have achieved at the end of term assessments, those conversations you have will be crucial in pushing for accelerated progress!
Sometimes, it isn’t just about the teaching. People who aren’t involved in education may just see results that are published but they don’t see the processes behind it. However, in reality, teaching and learning are intrinsically linked to assessment and results.
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Jasmin has extensive experience of working in a variety of settings which have included being recruited to work schools in special measures and concern as well as outstanding.
Jasmin has been qualified as a teacher for over 20 years and has been a Deputy Head, working mainly in some of the most deprived and challenging schools in the UK.