Assessment at Beckfoot Thornton
To support students in knowing and remembering more at Beckfoot Thornton, assessments are designed to:
- Assist teachers in planning by identifying gaps so teaching can be adapted and interventions identified – assessments are diagnostic
- Provide students with feedback that they can act upon so they can know more and remember more
- Provide information for parents or carers on students’ progress and their learning
Internal assessments and exams
Our students are assessed in internal assessments and exams twice per year, in two of our three academic cycles. All of our assessments are cumulative; this means that they assess students on what they have learnt recently, and also during previous years in school. By doing this we are taking advantage of the spacing effect – by returning to knowledge at a later date, students are more likely to know and remember it. It also builds in progress and reinforces the importance of our key knowledge set out in our knowledge organisers:2022-2023 Knowledge Organisers. It will also support families in helping their child(ren) prepare.
Following each assessment period, staff will spend time carefully planning lessons and activities to close any gaps in knowledge, plan interventions and tailor lessons to meet students needs.
Information from key assessment points will also be shared with parents/carers.