In Foundation Stage most assessments are carried out through observation. Foundation staff are extremely skilled at noticing how young children learn and make notes across a huge range of different areas. Information gathered is compiled in a 'learning journey' and at the end of Foundation 2 children are assessed against 'The Early Learning Goals'
Since September 2014 all schools in England have had to devise their own ways of measuring pupil progress within the 2014 National Curriculum. We have worked closely with a group of local schools, sharing good practice and working with each other to look at how we assess and measure progress. Staff have checked our assessments with other schools to make sure that we all agree - this is particularly important in Leicester where so many pupils change from school to school.
We use an online tracking system called 'Target Tracker' which many other schools in Leicester use. We also use documents compiled by Parks Primary, a local school, to help us track pupils' progress in reading as well as Writing assessment grids created by the local authority for assessing Writing. Both of these systems help ensure that Leicester schools make accurate and consistent judgements about learning in our schools.