How often do assessments take place?
A formal, summative assessment usually take place at the end of topics and units, these are termed common assessments because students across the year group sit the same assessment. Students across a year group don’t sit the common assessment at the same time because due to timetabling they have a subect at different times in the week from each other e.g. History class A will have their history lessons at a different time to History class B.
Formative assessments, both formal and informal, happen throughout a topic as planned by the class teacher.
For either type of assessment the teacher will clarify with students if the assessment is something that should be prepared for and provide the necessary resources.
Year 10 exams happen in June each year and Year 11 mock exams take place in November and February each year.
- What does the term assessment mean at Chesterton?
- How often do assessments take place?
- Why do you do such regular assessments?
- Does Chesterton do more tests than other schools?
- Do teachers end up constantly teaching to the test? How do you mitigate against this and ensure there is still a real joy to learning outside of tests?
- How do I know what tests my child has upcoming? How do I understand which of these tests are significant in terms of feeding into end of year grades or summative assessments?
- Do you expect my child to prepare for a test e.g. by doing extra revision? Do teachers provide revision sessions and questions?
- What support does Chesterton offer to help learners manage test-related stress and anxiety? How can I support as a parent?
- What is the provision for assessments for learners with additional needs?
- Are there instances when parents can request their child doesn’t take a test?
- Are students moved down a set as a result of not doing well in an assessment? Conversely are they moved up if they do well?
- How do parents receive information about the outcome of individual assessments? How are results of assessments stored, for how long and who has access to the results?
- Can you clarify what Chesterton’s approach has been to teacher-assessed grades for GCSEs and whether you see this as a permanent change moving forwards? If so, what impact does this have on mock tests etc. in Years 10 & 11?