At Shirley School, assessment happens all the time to establish where a child is at and what their next step in learning will be. It takes place during lessons, after lessons when marking work and in a more formal way with children completing tasks unaided (sometimes, under test conditions).


Teachers use assessment of pupils to help them plan lessons so that they can meet the needs of the individuals they have in their class. They use statements taken from the National Curriculum and decide whether a child is working towards that statement or whether they have met it.


Teachers and teaching assistants carry out assessments in all subjects across the curriculum with the most frequent assessments being made in English and maths.


To ensure pupils make the best possible progress in their time at Shirley School, teachers meet with members of the senior leadership team to review pupils’ progress at the end of each term.