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