Erasmus Darwin Academy has, at its core, the pursuit of the very highest standards in education, both inside the classroom and beyond it. We believe all children can exceed their expectations, no matter what their prior attainment and experiences. At our school no child will be labelled; we will treat them all as intelligent and as an individual. Through our ethos, ‘Excellence for All’ our core curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities will develop students into confident, rounded individuals, equipped for anything that life throws at them.
A key principle underlying this policy is that all times assessment, tracking and data systems should be kept as simple and easy to use as possible. Clean, clear, usable data is our mantra. Our aim is to create data and tracking systems which provide teachers with useful information that can inform their planning and interventions. The data itself is just a means to an end; it is how the data is used in the classroom to support teaching, and at a school level to support accountability, which is key. Therefore, at all times we prioritise clear communication.
At Erasmus Darwin Academy the design and creation of all internal assessments is the responsibility of the individual subject leader. Training and support will be provided, and it is hoped that all middle leaders will be expert in creating their own in-house assessments which underline the elements of deep learning covered with the students. Assessments are always holistic and will aim to assess all learned content that the student has covered up to the point of the assessment.
All assessments at Erasmus Darwin Academy are completed in the same format. This ensures that students are clear about what an assessment is and the importance placed upon it. The design of the assessment system at Erasmus Darwin Academy has students learning at its core and informs the students of their strengths and areas for development. In addition, in the week following the assessment we operate a curriculum intervention week called the ‘Improvement Phase’ week. This is where teachers use the assessment information address any assessment misconceptions.