Formal Progress Reports are issued in the Autumn term and towards the end of the school year: these are followed by Parent Conferences. Interim 'Effort' reports are also issued at half term to indicate pupils' progression from Year 1 to Year 6. At other times, parents are encouraged to make individual appointments if they wish to see either the class teacher or the head teacher.
Teacher Presentations are offered to parents at the beginning of each term, when parents will be advised of their child's programme of study for the term ahead. An overview of planned work is available for parents at the beginning of each term either electronically or as a hard copy.
During the school year pupils will be assessed by the teaching staff through a variety of strategies. The BJAB uses standardised tests from the National Federation of Educational Research (NFER) to measure a child’s baseline attainment level at the beginning of each academic year. ‘Teacher assessment’ and short testing modules form the core of our ongoing assessment as pupils’ progress throughout the year. National tests (SATs) are taken towards the end of the year’s programme. Summative and formative testing provides teachers with a comprehensive view of the children’s abilities and help in determining learning targets for the future. Progression is monitored throughout the year and shared with parents at parent / teacher conferences.
Key Stage 1 (Age 7) In Year 2 your children will take part in key stage tasks and tests in English and
Mathematics, which are designed to fit into the normal classroom activities. The children can complete the tasks between January and June; the tests are taken during May/June.
Key Stage 2 (Age 11) In Year 6 children are tested in English, Mathematics and Science. These provide a more formal exam experience, the children having to complete examination papers within a set period of time. These exams take place in May.
Optional Tests in English and Mathematics aim to allow pupils to show the progress they have made during the school year. They are available for Years 3, 4 and 5.
Progression Class teachers monitor pupils’ progression with the Head Teacher and subject coordinators through dedicated curriculum development meetings. Provision is made to standardise marking; moderate testing; set targets; develop IEPs and monitor reporting procedures. Pupil files are maintained to review the progression of each child in terms of academic performance; personal development and behaviour.
Progress Reports are issued for all children in the autumn term and towards the end of the school year in the summer term: the school requests that parents attend the Parent Conferences which follow the issuing of these key reports.
Interim Reports for Key Stage 1 & 2 are issued half way through the term in the autumn and spring; these indicate effort and achievement and set targets for pupils’ future development. Meetings to discuss interim reports are arranged on request.
Attendance at Parent/ Teacher Conferences is strongly encouraged. Parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress with the teacher. The conferences are by appointment and scheduled for around 10 minutes per child with class or subject teachers. If parents would like longer to discuss their child’s progress, additional appointment times may be arranged. The Head Teacher is available to meet with parents on these occasions and at any time during the school year.