What does the term assessment mean at Chesterton?

At Chesterton we use the term assessment to mean a piece of work that students complete to show their understanding of an individual piece of knowledge or their understanding of a topic more broadly.  Assessments can be informal such as online quizzes, vocabulary tests or team games or more formal such as a task or set of questions which students complete individually.  Teaching staff will often classify an assessment as formative, where students receive feedback without a grade, the aim being to help students improve further or classify an assessment as summative where students receive feedback as well as a grade or mark.  Formative assessments usually take place during a topic and summative assessments commonly take place at the end of a topic or unit of work.   The term exam is used in year 10 and year 11 where students are preparing for their external GCSE and vocational exams.