At DESC we believe that ‘classroom assessment is absolutely central to the teaching and learning process’. It must be collaborative and focused; ‘Assessment must be an interactive process. Teachers need to know about their existing students’ progress and difficulties with learning so that they can adapt their work to meet their needs – needs which are often unpredictable and which vary from one student to another.”
Therefore, assessment is the process by which students, teachers and parents are able to make judgements that allow them to monitor progress, evaluate the learning experience, improve planning, diagnose difficulty, identify progression, assist personalisation and improve the quality of teaching and learning.
DESC provides regular updates on all students. We send home two interim reports (R1 and R2) and one full report (R3) per year. There are also two afternoons/evenings for parents to discuss the progress of their child with their subject teachers.
There is a whole-school system in place for marking, which focuses upon providing useful and effective written feedback for students, called ‘Box & Bubble’. This aims to identify areas that have proved successful (Box) and a steer on how the work might have been improved (Bubble).
The purpose of marking should:-
- improve learning
- provide feedback to student and teacher
- help teacher and student to identify strengths and weaknesses which is constructive and informative to future work
- be frequent and regular
- provide opportunities within the lesson for Assessment for Learning, so students crucially know how to improve
To view the Assessment Guide, please click on the image below: