Assessment and Public Examinations

The individual nature of our teaching and learning allows formative assessment to occur naturally. This is used to inform planning for groups and individual students within their learning programme. Assessment is seen as a positive aid to learning and is generally teacher, personal and peer based. Extension work, support and homework will all be informed by this continuous assessment for learning. Teachers are encouraged to discuss an individual child’s progress with other members of staff to ensure their maximum potential is reached.

Parents are seen as important learning partners by Edward Jenner School. Informal dialogue, notes in home-school books and more formal annual reports all forge strong relationships. Whilst it is unrealistic to expect every small progress step to be discussed with parents, there is immense value in marking milestones and celebrating improvement. This assessment through communication builds self-esteem and helps parents support current areas of learning. Practising and sharing skills with people who do not judge, helps children formulate and cement ideas. If a child is unable to discuss a concept with their parent, then we need to know, so we can revisit the idea within school.

Formal assessment occurs through a range of activities within the school. The children have a record of their achievement in the form of National Curriculum levels. It is considered important to match children’s progress against national norms to ensure appropriate improvement in standards. These levels inform the school report to parents and any transfer documents required. The children experience a range of age appropriate assessment activities:

Key Stage Two Assessment Procedures

  • Daily teacher assessment through observation and discussion of each child’s learning,
  • Regular question and answer sessions,
  • Academic challenges,
  • Individual classwork and homework.

Key Stage 3 and 4 Assessment Procedures

  • Daily teacher assessment through observation and discussion of each child’s learning,
  • Regular question and answer sessions,
  • Academic challenges,
  • Individual classwork and homework.
  • Exam Technique Practise
  • Exam papers and practice questions

 

Public Examinations

As the children progress through EJS they learn how to revise for tests and exams. Our approach to learning encourages them to adopt a style which suits them as an individual.

We offer GCSE exams in a range of subjects including Maths, English and Sciences. Children work on exam courses when they become academically ready, this is decided after home/school discussion.