This is the second year of the new Standards Assessment Tests on the National Curriculum 2014. Our school is very small and while this means that our children learn in small classes, and every child can have an increased individual support, it also means that with very small groups, each child's results makes a big difference to the percentages.
In 2016, each child represented 7% of the marks. In 2017, 8 children took the SATs which results in each child representing 12.5% of the marks and for 2018, 2 children will sit the SATs with each child representing 50% of the marks. This, inevitably, contributes to the shape of the data.
Our new Principal and main teaching staff have been appointed from September 2017.
Assessment at Okeford takes many forms: summative and formative. We use a baseline assessment (including reading and spelling ages) to inform us of the child's current knowledge and understanding; this is coupled with daily formative assessment that guides our in-class shaping of the lessons, planning, feedback and outcomes. Every term, we run summative tests to complement our formative assessments to enable us to make firm, accurate judgments on achievement and attainment. Our data is verified through moderation with local schools and the County trialling sessions.