Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time: during school hours all visitors should report to the school office.
Please contact us if you have matters of concern or interest about your child’s educational progress or well-being. We believe that parents and teachers contribute strongly together in a child’s development, particularly in the early years in school. The school needs your help and cooperation to provide the best learning experience for your child. It is very important that you keep the school informed of any important changes that may affect your child. Please let us know promptly about any medical, physical or emotional difficulties of which you become aware.
Your child’s progress and development will be regularly monitored and assessed throughout the school.
In Year 6 children are tested in English and Mathematics. Teachers in all year groups will make their own assessments based on work produced throughout the year. These results will be reported to you in the End of Year Report. Other tests will be used to measure progress in Reading, Spelling, Comprehension, Mathematics and other subjects, as appropriate. These records will normally be passed onto your child’s next school.
On three occasions during the year, formal invitations are extended to parents to meet their child’s teacher. These meetings take the form of a private interview in the school. The first of these interviews take place about halfway through the Autumn Term when the teacher can discuss the start your child has made in his or her class.
A second meeting is held in the Spring term with an option to attend an open afternoon.
In July, a summary report is issued to parents and with it, if the parent wishes, an invitation to discuss the report. During the summer term, we have an open afternoon and evening for parents to come into school, view their child’s work and talk to the class teacher.
If during the year parents want a longer discussion with their child’s teacher, an appointment with the teacher can be made. Please contact the school office or class teacher to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Assessing under the new curriculum
From September 2015 all pupils will be taught and assessed against the new National Curriculum skills.
We are therefore in a new era of ‘assessing without levels’. There is now no national requirement from the government in how schools should assess and record progress. It is therefore up to each school to develop its own system.
We have worked, both as a leadership team within school and with Heads from the Street and Glastonbury Community Learning Partnership (the CLP), to come to an agreement about how we can assess without levels.
At Elmhurst, we use SIMs to help us track progress. SIMs is an online tool used by many schools which is in line with current DFE guidelines. The children are assessed in a number of different ways. For example; from formal tests, a termly assessment program, work produced in books and the teacher or practitioner assessing how learning is progressing during a lesson. The teacher’s judgements are then recorded as ARE (age-related expectations) or ARE- where they are judged to be below expectations and ARE+ where they are judged to be above expectations.
What this won’t necessarily tell you is important information. It won’t tell you how hard your child has worked, or the progress they have made. It won’t tell you what they need to do next as part of their learning journey. It won’t tell you the things they are currently trying to achieve. It won’t tell you the things they have achieved. This is why communication with the class teacher and the report is vital.
Your child’s teacher will be able to tell you what your child is currently working on to ensure that they reach the end of year expectation.
The work in the books, the targets for next step learning, the reports, the conversations with the class teacher and your child’s own views about their learning will tell you all you need to know.