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St Thomas More Catholic Primary School

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Principles for Assessment




Underpinning principles for assessment at St Thomas More School



  • Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning.
  • Assessment provides evidence to guide teaching and learning.
  • Assessment provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate and review their progress.


  • Assessment is fair.
  • Assessment is inclusive of all abilities.
  • Assessment is free from bias towards factors that are not relevant to what the assessment intends to address.


  • Assessment is honest.
  • Assessment outcomes are used in ways that minimise undesirable effects.
  • Assessment outcomes are conveyed in an open, honest and transparent way to assist pupils with their learning.
  • Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals to ensure their accuracy.


  • Assessment is ambitious.
  • Assessment places achievement in context against nationally standardised criteria and expected standards.
  • Assessment embodies, through objective criteria, a pathway of progress and development for every child.
  • Assessment objectives set high expectations for learners.


  • Assessment is appropriate.
  • The purpose of any assessment process should be clearly stated.
  • Conclusions regarding pupil achievement are valid when the assessment method is appropriate (to age, to the task and to the desired feedback information).
  • Assessment should draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of student achievement.
  • Assessment should demand no more procedures or records than are practically required to allow pupils, their parents and teachers to plan future learning.


  • Assessment is consistent.
  • Judgements are formed according to common principles.
  • The results are readily understandable by third parties.
  • A school’s results are capable of comparison with other schools, both locally and nationally.


  • Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable information for:
  • pupils in developing their learning;
  • parents in supporting children with their learning;
  • teachers in planning teaching and learning.
  • school leaders and governors in planning and allocating resources; and government and agents of government.


Assessment feedback should inspire greater effort and a belief that, through hard work and practice, more can be achieved.


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