Teachers use a range of assessments on order to check children's learning. There are two main types of assessment: formative assessment is used to support children to make the next step in their learning - marking and verbal feedback are the best examples of this; summative assessment are 'tests' where children have the chance to show how much they know at any given point in time.
Informal assessment happens every day and teachers use these assessments every half term to check the progress that pupils have made, particularly in Reading, Writing and Maths. Class teachers meet with one or more senior leaders in 'Pupil Progress Meetings' every half term; we discuss pupils' progress and see where we need to provide extra challenge or support for individuals and groups.
The government ensures that all children are 'tested' towards the end of Year 2 and Year 6. These assessments are called SATS, Standard Assessment Tests and are used to see how well each child, and school, is performing against national benchmarks. From September 2015 children will also be assessed when they first arrive at school in the Reception (F2) class. At Fosse we work extremely hard to make sure that children are not put under any undue pressure or extra stress when they are assessed - we want every child to fulfil their potential but we also want to make sure that pupils enjoy learning and are happy at school.