Assessment for Children Charter
The Governors, the Leadership Team and Staff have agreed the following Charter with respect to end of Key Stage Two statutory testing. This Charter demonstrates the school is child-centred, believes in a high quality of education for ALL children, deep learning and high outcomes.
This is a principled school, run and lead with integrity and with due care and attention to the well-being of its pupils. Our values and vision drive everything we do for our community. Through our broad and balanced curriculum, we strive towards pupils producing work of the highest quality that allows them to express their individuality and apply key skills and knowledge that have been taught. We are an inclusive school that recognises a broad spectrum of achievement within different disciplines. Assessment is only used to support further learning for our children; by our staff knowing them better as learners and people to create bespoke curricula and teaching and ultimately help children continue to succeed in the future.
We therefore have decided through consultation with the teachers and governors to act in the following manner concerning National Statutory Assessments Tests (commonly referred to as SATs):
Always prioritise children’s personal growth, long term development and engagement as learners and their well-being over SATs test scores.
Ensure breadth and balance to the curriculum in every year group and not narrow our broad, balanced and creative curriculum offer in Year 6 or 2 reference the work our pupils produce against suitable other benchmarks (e.g. work from pupils in other schools) to ensure that we are secure in our teacher assessment judgements.
Not run any additional SATs booster classes, holiday clubs or other such provision that would indicate that the SATs tests have any broader significance than being simply a tool to aid teacher assessment.
Will prepare the children emotionally for SATs with minimal test practice, recognise the way in which SATs test are used as predictor for GCSE results and ensure that the pupils leaving this school leave with results that are a true representation of their skills and knowledge.
Ensure that we prepare children as fully as possible for life beyond this school and encourage positive learning attitudes and a growth mindset as essential character skills for the future.