Assessment and Progress
Curriculum and Assessment: 'two halves of the same coin'
A clear, sequenced and coherent curriculum has assessment at its heart. How we know that pupils have learned what they have been taught, and that the knowledge has 'stuck' and can be independently applied in the 'long-term', is a crucial part of teaching, learning and assessment.
At Northgate, our pupils are assessed in a number of ways that suit and meet their many needs. We teach a range of varied and complex learners, who are assessed with a mix of Quantitative and Qualitative methods, and the basis on which they are assessed will depend on:
- Their learning pathway (SEND need and curriculum offer)
- The assessment criteria used by each curriculum subject (in line with the National Curriculum or other specialist guidance)
- Psychometric assessments ( at the start and end of each year) to assess wider skills, such as reading, spelling, and learning potential and in core subjects.
Expected outcomes are based on learning pathways and pupils' starting points. Staff are trained to ensure that the taught curriculum enables pupils to learn powerful, sequenced knowledge (regardless of, but relative to ability) that will help them to close attainment gaps and equip them for whatever qualifications they may take, and the most appropriate post-16 pathway.
You will be able to see how we assess your child's learning, attainment and progress in our Assessment, Curriculum and Marking Policies.
Behaviour and Personal Development are the key to holistic progress. Our pupils are expected to follow instructions and our Academy Code of Conduct.
As a whole, most pupils will be able to demonstrate a good level of personal and interpersonal behaviour, and will be able to increasingly enact self and co-regulation, that will eventually see them access a number of contexts in an age-appropriate way.
The need for Personalisation
However, we understand that there will be some pupils, for whom linear behavioural progress and self and co-regulation will be a challenge. In such cases, staff ensure that they work with leadership, professionals, parents and carers to build and develop personalised 'small steps' in line with pupils' own short steps targets, as outlined in their Education Health and Care Plans.
We are a diverse special school, therefore, staff will go the extra mile to ensure that all pupils are supported, and that the end goal of achieving self and co-regulation and socialisation is achieved in line with each pupil's ability.
For pupils who may present more of a challenge, we will aim to meet their targets through:
- Personalised timetables
- One-to-One support
- Adapted environment and teaching
- Blended learning: online and in-person teaching and instruction
- Employment and engagement with more specialist means, such as Local Authority and NHFT personnel.
Celebrating Progress in Behaviour and Standards: The Points Shop
During the school year, pupils will collect 'points' (up to 5 points for every lesson) for good and positive progress in behaviour. Each pupil also has individual targets that are taken from their Education Health and Care Plan 'short steps' targets, and are designed to support the day-to-day progression towards meeting and embedding their EHCP short steps into short and long-term behaviours.
Fortnightly, Good and positive behaviour progression(towards the meeting of their targets) is celebrated through a visit to the Points Shop: a one-stop haven, where pupils are able to redeem their points for items such as: books, toys, games and other desirables. The more points pupils have, the bigger and better the item they can get!
Parents are very pleased with the progress their children make. They comment on the excellent progress their children have made in their academic work and personal skills…