Assessment and Evidence for Learning
At Ridgeway School we recognise that effective assessment is essential to support the quality of learning, teaching, achievement, and progress of our pupils. All pupils at Ridgeway School have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). We appreciate that all our learners are unique and are at very different starting points within their academic journey. They all need different learning targets to develop their skills at different points. That is why no one single assessment tool fits our pupils. The assessment frameworks must be flexible to meet the need in recording a pupil’s individual strengths and the next steps needed to progress.
Assessment provides the evidence and understanding of what knowledge and skills are being learned by our pupils, of their wellbeing, and of their development. It allows our teachers to plan lessons which are tailored to the individual pupil, appropriately challenge, and improve the quality of teaching and learning.
Assessment is an ongoing, daily activity at Ridgeway. Our assessment programme for learning allows teachers to stay abreast of their pupil’s attainment and their Personal Learning Objectives from their EHCPs. Data is analysed to provide information about students’ performance and make recommendations for interventions or support. The current Assessment Software we use is as follows:
- Evidence for Learning to track EHCP outcomes
- B Squared to track pupil attainment against the different pathways – Engagement Steps; Progression Steps and Steps for Life
Formative assessment is used to inform planning and is shared with relevant stakeholders.
Summative assessment is collected termly and analysed by SLT and subject leads, where appropriate. The data and progress is calculated for each pupil and then scrutinised for numerous cohorts including whole school, key stages, gender and disadvantaged pupils. Following data drops, detailed pupil discussion meetings are held where class teachers, along with a senior member of staff, look at the progress of each child; what their next steps will be and moderate the evidence. At these meetings, further support may be given or additional information/evidence required.