Assessment and Data at Great Dunham

From September 2014 the previous system of assessing children against National Curriculum levels came to an end. The Government undertook a full review of assessment and decided:

to remove level descriptors from the National Curriculum and not to replace them. This is because we agreed that levels have become too abstract, do not give parents meaningful information about how their child is performing, nor give pupils information about how to improve.

At Great Dunham we believe that assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching is appropriate and that learners are making expected progress.

Assessment serves many purposes, but the main purpose of assessment in our school is to help teachers, parents/carers and pupils plan their next steps in learning. We also use the outcomes of assessment to evaluate our provision and to help us improve.

Continuous Assessment/Assessment for Learning (AfL)

Also known as ‘formative assessment’, AfL is the day-to-day, often informal assessment that is used to explore children’s understanding so that the teacher can plan what and how to teach them, in order to develop their understanding further.

Teachers and teaching assistants will:

  • share the learning objective – so that children know what they are expected to learn
  • share the success criteria – what it would look like if they achieved the learning objective
  • observe children – to see how they tackle a task and how well they use their skills and knowledge
  • ask questions – to challenge thinking and ascertain understanding.
  • work alongside children in group work – to be able to adapt/extend their learning, and provide personalised learning opportunities and challenge
  • encourage self and peer assessment – helping children to understand their learning journey
  • give verbal feedback – to help children identify how well they have done, and what they need to learn next
  • mark children’s work – affirming their achievement and identifying next steps.

Summative assessment

Summative assessment is a formal summing-up of what a child knows. This can be achieved by collating formative assessment information and by using focused assessment tasks or tests. At Great Dunham we collate our assessment evidence every two months/half termly in order to:

  • inform pupils and parents/carers of their progress
  • identify gaps in learning to inform planning and provision for the individual child, class, year group and school
  • identify where intervention is needed and to evaluate the impact of previous intervention
  • support whole school self-evaluation to help us improve further.

We use Pupil Asset system as a tool for gathering our observations and assessment evidence together. This helps the teacher to identify gaps in children’s learning, which are then used to inform their planning. The system also enables attainment and progress to be tracked by child, class, year group and the whole school, to support the school’s self-evaluation as well as providing useful evidence for governors, the local authority and school inspectors.

Each child is assessed against the Attainment Targets in the Programmes of Study from the new National Curriculum. Each half term, a summative assessment is made that judges whether the child is:

  • working towards expected
  • expected 
  • working at greater depth

Children who are achieving beyond their actual age group’s expectations are assessed against the criteria for the next year group. Children with Special Educational Needs may be working with skills and knowledge from preceding year groups.

Class teachers will discuss how each child is progressing with parents and carers at termly parents’ evenings and summarise their children’s attainment and progress in annual reports.

National assessments

Year 2 & Year 6

Children take test in reading, maths and spelling, grammar and punctuation. There are no tests for writing.

Year 1

The Phonics Screening takes place in June. All children in Year 1 have to take the test. Year 2 children who failed the test in Year 1 have to retake the test.

Department for Education Performance Tables

Click on the link below to look at the performance tables for Great Dunham.

Year 6 End of Key Stage 2 Results 2017/18

End of Key Stage Data 2017-2018

% children achieving expected standard




RWM combined





% children achieving higher standard




RWM combined





Average Progress Score (to be confirmed)







Scaled Scores





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