Hi Who is the assessment for? For teachers to plan? for kids to have feedback, for parents? or SLT? I really believe after the SATs got chopped kids should be tested and have some accountability for their learning. I understand weighing things every day isnt going to change it in anyway but feel 3 solid 'external exam style' test should be carried out in a sumative fashion <ol>[*]A formal exam at the end of term 1 testing work covered in term 1[*]A formal exam towards the end of term 2 testing work from term 1 <u>AND</u> 2[*]A formal exam towards the end of term 2 testing work from term 1, 2 <u>AND</u> 3</ol>Teachers are not given the exams in advance, the tests marked by other teachers and some form of consistency. There is no 'prepping for exams in class' The results are standardised and formally sent in writing to parents I have noticed a lot of kids are not mature enough when it comes to their first module external exam in year 10 as they have not had the 'pressure' of the exam period before. I believe exposing pupils to this form of assessment (whilst it remains our number one external examining process) is very important for kids to experience and take responsibility for In between 3 half termly more formative assessments that test a range of skills where the data can be used for teachers and is not released formally in writing to parents This can take the form of part testing and part APP/task based excercise. No data is sent home with 'working grades' or subjective 'APP' from teachers. All information sent home is a result of their childs test, like it or not. Kids may be better than their test results show but I find 9/10 times kids are not as good as their 'professional judgement' based grades suggest. It doesnt say in a kids GCSE certificate 'D grade but they were better you know in my opinion'...it says D grade. Classwork you mark is put in a folder for parents to view if they feel their kids has been hard done by or have done badly in their exams. There is no accountability for kids in KS3 which I feel needs to be changed. This is my ideal, but I am not a Hod and I dont subscribe to SLTs requirements more often than not.