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It is recognised that there will be diversity within the assessment and feedback students receive at Aston. The diversity may reflect the age of students, demands of the subject discipline, the number of lessons per week in different subjects and the stage of the curriculum being undertaken by students.

The following principles underpin the assessment and feedback given to students.

1.         Assessment and Feedback should support students to understand:

  1. How they are progressing in their knowledge, understanding and skills.
  2. Help students to embed their knowledge and use it fluently.
  3. The ways in which they could improve and develop their knowledge, understanding and skills.

2.         Assessment and Feedback should help parents to:

  1. Be informed about their children’s progress and attainment.
  2. Support their children’s motivation and learning to allow further development of their knowledge, understanding and skills.
  3. Provide information which is transferable and easily understood and covers both qualitative and quantitative assessment

The school’s expectation for assessment and feedback has two universal elements:

  1. Formative assessment – Various forms of formative assessment will be used during the course of teaching of individual units in an academic year to identify when pupils are struggling and what interventions are needed to close the understanding gap. 

    Some examples of formative assessment include: Questioning during lessons, Marking of pupils’ work, Observational assessment, Regular short re-cap quizzes, Live marking, Scanning work for pupil attainment and development  etc.

  2. Summative assessment – These assessments will give students the opportunity to understand how well they have understood a topic or course of work taught over a period of time, it also gives parents an understanding of achievements, progress and wider outcomes of their child over a period of time.

    In-school summative assessments takes the form of: Assessment tasks, End of year exams, Mock examinations for year 10 to 13. A summative end of year test will be sat by all students, in all subjects (where appropriate) for the primary purpose of assessing the knowledge of students across the curriculum within that subject.

    Summative assessments will take place in the following time frames. There may be rare minor variations in the time frames due to unavoidable circumstances.

    Year group

    Summative assessment 1

    Summative assessment 2



     May - July 



     May - July 



     May - July 



    Summer mock period, May - July


    Autumn mock period, Nov - Dec

    Feb – April



    Summer mock period, May - July


    Autumn mock period, Nov - Dec

    Feb - April

    The school recognises that teachers will assess work formatively and summatively throughout the curriculum delivery inline with school's Assessment and Feedback policy

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