Assessment & Reporting Policy

Assessment & Reporting Policy

Policy Statement

At My Online Schooling, we are aware of the value of regularly assessing pupils to gauge their engagement and understanding of the course content. We affirm that the primary aim of assessments are to ensure that pupils who require additional support are identified and offered help.

Assessments should measure the performance of teachers as well as pupils. They play an integral role in future lesson planning as they enable teachers to consistently evaluate their teaching practice. Both formative and summative assessments are required to properly measure pupil progress. Teachers should ensure that when using formative and summative assessments, expectations are clear and well understood by pupils.

We value our partnership with parents/carers and reports are one way of ensuring that parents/carers have clear information about both pastoral and academic matters in relation to their child. Reports to parents/carers do not replace a desired regular communication with them. Any parent/carer with a query or concern is always invited to contact MOS and to discuss this with the appropriate staff in accordance with the guidelines provided for parents and carers.

At My Online Schooling we understand that exam anxiety and stress are very real feelings that pupils experience. We will aim to provide a high level of health and wellbeing support to pupils, especially during exam time. Termly summative assessments, however, are a useful preparatory tool for pupils as they take their iGSCEs and A Level examinations.

Policy Aims

  • To set high expectations for pupils in order to raise aspirations
  • Ensure pupils’ progress is consistently monitored so necessary intervention measures are put in place early
  • Increase pupil confidence in sitting examination
  • Set standards for teachers for high quality formative and summative assessments
  • Prepare pupils for iGCSEs and A-Level examinations
  • Identify the expectations and responsibilities for the various members of our school community
  • To update parents/carers and pupils with regards to academic progress and any pastoral matters arising in relation to the pupil

Types of Assessments

Formative assessments are ungraded, ongoing measures of pupil’s understanding of the course content. Teachers should be using formative assessments throughout live lessons to gauge pupil’s engagement and identify concepts that may need further clarification. Responses to formative assessments should inform a teacher’s future planning and strategies. Examples of formative assessments are:

  • Class discussions
  • Questioning
  • Lesson openers/closers
  • Some independent learning assignments may be considered formative

Summative assessments are used to determine what pupils have learned. These take place at the end of a period of learning. Summative assessments are typically graded and identify a clear standard of pupil attainment. Examples of summative assessments include:

  • Quizzes
  • End of unit/term exams
  • Essays
  • Standardised tests i.e. iGSCEs

Characteristics of High Quality Assessments

The following are standards of high quality assessments that all assessments at My Online Schooling should meet.

Assessments should:

  • Promote and support learning
  • Inform teaching practice
  • Provide clear and consistent feedback
  • Identify learning targets and goals
  • Accommodate a variety of learning styles
  • Foster a motivated, committed learning community

Academic Honesty

It is crucial that pupils are honest when taking summative assessments. The use of unauthorised aids is detrimental to pupils’ overall learning because it prevents teachers and the Education Team from properly understanding their progress. As a result, My Online Schooling implements the following measures to encourage academic honesty:

  • Pupils will have 1 opportunity to take an assessment
  • If a teacher determines that pupils are not to use learning aids, pupils’ browsers will be locked during assessments by PowerSchool
  • Pupils will need to certify that they did not use any outside technology during assessments
  • Pupils should, wherever possible, cite and reference their sources of information so not to use someone else’s work as their own

Roles in the School Community

It is the responsibility of the MOS senior leaders and the Heads of Faculty to ensure that the provisions and standards within this policy are embedded within their individual faculties. They will work with the Education Team to implement this policy consistently throughout the school.

  • Utilise formative and summative assessments intentionally in their classes to monitor and record pupil progress
    • The amount of summative assessments per term is at the teachers’ discretion; however, each course should have 1 summative assessment per term
  • Development assessments that meet the standards identified in this policy
  • Use formative assessments to self-reflect on your teaching practice and strategies
  • Provide students with meaningful feedback that is accurate and encouraging
  • Record pupil progress by assigning grades/percentages in PowerSchool and submitting termly reports
  • Work with the Heads of Faculty and the Education Team to identify early interventions and opportunities for additional pupil support
  • Attend all lessons, where possible, and be an engaged participant in live lessons
  • Be aware of assessment dates and/or deadlines and plan revision time accordingly
  • Be honest and accountable when taking examinations
  • Act on feedback provided by teachers
  • Set plans and termly goals for your learning that are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-based
  • Help foster a positive learning environment through active engagement and proper behaviour
  • Login to the Parent Portal on PowerSchool regularly to monitor your child’s progress
  • Support and encourage your child to attend class and be an engaged participant
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers and the Education Team at My Online Schooling to ask any questions about your child’s progress and request additional support

Reporting

Consistently reporting on pupil progress is key to establishing a positive partnership between parents and carers and the My Online Schooling team. We aim to ensure that the online schooling environment raises pupil attainment and supports pupils as they achieve their learning goals. Termly reports will be used to keep parents and carers informed of pupil progress and identify potential learning supports that might increase attainment.

Reports will provide parents and carers with a consistent update of their child’s learning; however, we encourage parents and carers to log in to the PowerSchool parent portal, regularly, and to communicate with the My Online Schooling team with any questions or concerns. See the following procedure regarding reporting at MOS:

Procedure

  • Teachers will assign independent learning tasks and assessments to gauge pupils’ understanding and attainment throughout the term
  • Teachers should monitor pupil attendance, engagement and behaviour in order to assign an Approach to Learning (AtL) grade
  • Teachers will assign an AtL grade for all pupils using the Approach to Learning (AtL) Descriptors
  • Teachers will assess pupil knowledge by giving pupils an end of term summative assessment
  • Before the end of term, teachers will assign a ‘self reflection’ independent learning task where pupils will comment on their learning throughout the term and set goals for the next term
  • Teachers will use the pupil self reflections to make meaningful commentary about the pupil’s strengths and development areas with specific suggestions for any improvements. This ensures pupils, teachers, parents and carers have a shared understanding of a pupil’s development areas
  • The MOS Education Team will set a deadline for completing commentary and approach to learning grades which must be consistently adhered to, to allow for necessary proofreading and any corrections
  • Approach to Learning grades, attainment grades, and teacher commentary will be collated into termly reports that will be sent to parents and carers, in a timely fashion, at the end of each term
  • Parents and carers will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the MOS team on termly reports