Introduction

At Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy all our students and teachers are continuously engaged in the process of assessments. Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy recognises that any internal assessment should be fair and consistent as outlined in requirements for national standards.

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy believe that assessments are often a necessary part of our young person’s programme of study and is intended to be a supportive process.

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy aims to:

  • Monitor the progress of young people and support learning
  • Recognise the achievements of all our students and help to celebrate their successes
  • Inform the young person and their parents/carers of their achievement
  • Provide information to external agencies regarding the young person if and when required
  • Comply with statutory requirements
  • Use internal verification and assessment to guide future planning, teaching and the development of the young person’s individual curriculum.

It is widely recognised that Internal verification can be informal and/or unplanned, and may be initial, formative, or summative.

Initial Assessment

At Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy, we believe that well-planned and executed initial assessment is crucial to our induction process. This usually begins during enrolment with a discussion with the young person and their parents and/or carers, to get to know the young person, their interests and areas that requires support. The young person will then be given an activity or worksheet to establish their current level of skill or knowledge. This gives the teacher an insight into where the young person requires additional skill building and support. This sheet or activity will then be discussed with the young person and further discussion regarding what the young person can do and what they want to be able to do. Initial Assessment:

  • Establishes the existing level of skill and knowledge of the learners
  • Helps to establish how each individual learner learns
  • Introduces the student to some of the terminology and skills they will build upon on the Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy programme
  • Provides information to help teachers plan a unique curriculum that is tailored to the young person’s individual needs
  • Helps to provide a non-threatening introduction to assessment

Formative Assessment

This form of assessment is the on-going assessment that is carried out by the teaching staff at Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy during the academic term. This is often carried out during their day to day classwork and are marked along with young people’s work. Discussion about the young person’s progress is discussed during these periods. Formative assessment is often useful to determine what learning is taking place.

Formative Assessment:

  • Helps to establish what knowledge and skills the young person has acquired
  • Helps to plan the next steps for the young person’s unique curriculum
  • Enables the teacher to be able to give feedback on the young person’s progress
  • Enables the young person to be able to identify what they have learnt and establish what they want to learn next
  • Helps to encourage the young person to be motivated
  • Gives information back to Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy management staff so that they can modify the programme if necessary

Summative Assessment

These assessments happen at pre-determined times throughout the academic year and aims to provide the young person with a recognised academic qualification, which will give our young people a basis for independent living, future career prospects or further education.

Summative Assessment:

  • Enables students to recognise their own achievements to gain a sense of self satisfaction
  • Is used to justify a recognised qualification of achievement
  • Helps Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy to plan for future courses
  • Helps to guide the students through their choices for next steps

Feedback

Following on from any assessment Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy considers the giving and receiving of feedback to be an important part of our student’s education. Therefore, feedback should always be given after any form of assessment. Feedback may be given verbally or in writing to the young person. End of term progress reports are given in writing to parents and/or primary carers.

  • Procedures for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities

Any assessment completed within Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy should be a fair test of student’s knowledge and what they are able to do. However, for some of our students the usually accepted format of assessment may not be suitable. Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy aims to anticipate any additional requirements that the young person may need in order for them to fairly access the full curriculum and assessment. Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy will make adjustments in advance of any assessment activities, as far as reasonably possible, as well as during the assessment process. This will ensure that the quality of assessments can be assured and that they are fair, valid and reliable.

  • Externally-Accredited Programmes

At Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy, we offer our students Functional skills in English and Maths as well as a range of General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE’s) courses. These have assessors who assess in line with agreed standards of competence in line with government criteria. Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy currently use Edexcel for all our externally accredited programmes.

Role of Assessor

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy Assessors must:

  • Have relevant qualifications, knowledge, skills, and/or relevant experience in the subject that is being assessed
  • Have relevant training and experience in the assessment process
  • Ensure that assessment procedures and methods are carefully explained to all students including appeals procedures
  • Involve students in the assessment planning process
  • Offer feedback to learners on their assessments that is relevant and constructive, and discuss targets and areas for development to students individually
  • Adhere to the awarding body’s assessment specification in the judgement of evidence towards an award (in this instant the awarding body is Edexcel)
  • Record outcomes for all assessment using appropriate documentation that is legible and professional
  • Follow Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy procedures for recording, storing, reporting and confidentiality of information as outlined in the Data Protection Policy

Responsibilities of Assessor

An assessor has the responsibility for the following:

  • Developing plans for assessing competence
  • Judging evidence against relevant criteria when making assessment decisions
  • Provide feedback and support to students following assessments
  • Working in line with quality assurance guidelines published by the awarding body (Edexcel)

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy also suggests it is the assessor’s responsibility to select the most appropriate methods of assessing each student on an individual basis according to their unique needs.

Developing plans for assessing competence

The Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy Assessor should:

  • Check that all students understand the assessment processes and the support that is available to them alongside tie complaints and appeals process
  • Agree assessment methods that are fair, safe, valid and reliable.
  • Identify opportunities for assessment that are appropriate and cost-effective
  • Understand how past experiences of students can contribute to the assessment process
  • Provide arrangements to deal with any issues which may arise in a sensitive nature and understand the need to maintain confidentiality
  • Ensure that each students achievement records and progress is updated and reviewed regularly
  • Understand policy and procedures when handling any issues that may arise in the assessment process including disputes

Judging evidence against relevant criteria when making assessment decisions

The Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy Assessor should:

  • Ensure that the work being assessed is the students own work
  • Make decisions based on the recognised standards that are fair, safe, valid and reliable
  • Follow any previously agreed special considerations or arrangements to ensure the assessment is fair for all
  • Make and keep records of all outcomes of assessment.

Provide feedback and support to students following assessments

The Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy Assessor should:

  • Give appropriate feedback to students in an appropriate time and place
  • Give students feedback that is constructive and encouraging according to their level of need and understanding
  • Explain clearly any assessment decisions
  • Offer advice and encouragement to students when and if required to help them re-submit work if needed or to provide further evidence
  • On occasions where a student disagrees with an assessment decision, follow agreed complaints and appeals procedures

Working in line with quality assurance guidelines published by the awarding body (Edexcel)

The Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy Assessor should:

  • Make sure that records of assessment are accurate and up-to-date
  • Follow standardised arrangements so that assessment procedures and decisions are in line with other educational establishments

Contribute to and follow the agreed quality improvement process.