Schools have the freedom to choose their own approaches to formative and summative assessment, according to what best suits their pupils, curriculum and staff. This provides an opportunity for schools to challenge and improve their assessment systems and to build greater expertise in assessment.

Effective assessment will be clearly tied to its purpose. Before designing or selecting an assessment method, schools should be clear:

  • Why pupils are being assessed
  • The things which the assessment is intended to measure
  • What the assessment is intended to achieve
  • How the assessment information will be used

Different forms of assessment may serve different purposes for different people and organisations, including pupils, parents, teachers and support staff, school leaders, school governors, the Government and Ofsted.

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