Having the freedom to choose how you assess pupils against the national curriculum presents a need for a robust tracking strategy. In a recent customer survey 78% of respondents reported they are either unprepared or have not finalised plans for the removal of levels. SIMS supports you wherever you are in the process.
The first step is to identify what outstanding assessment looks like and how it applies to your school as every school is unique. This is not just about enabling teachers to collect and analyse data. It requires a much broader focus. And regardless of the approach you decide upon, it will need to stand up to close scrutiny from key stakeholders and be thoroughly embedded throughout your school.
Once you have the beginnings of your strategy you need to choose a software system that supports you and makes your assessment process as efficient and easy for teachers to follow as possible. It also needs to evolve with you. Your strategy will not be set in stone from day one; in fact a staged approach is often the best. Ofsted have stated in the inspectors handbook that they expect assessment to be a work in progress during the autumn term.
Being able to track the progress of individuals and groups of pupils is critical in deciding who needs additional support to realise their full potential. Viewing this alongside other contextual information such as a child’s attendance, behaviour or SEN status enables you to not only choose the right interventions, but also measure their impact and effectiveness.
Christine Terrey, Headteacher,
Harbour Primary and Infant school
Being able to provide proof that you are making an impact to your pupils’ learning is now even more important. Parents, governors and inspectors will want to know that with the new freedom you are making the right decisions for every pupil. Parents that have been used to hearing what level their child is at will need to understand how their child is doing in your new system.