At Broadoak Primary School we believe that in order for all our children to be successful learners then assessment for learning must be at the heart of everything we do. The primary purpose of assessment is to inform the next steps in teaching and learning in order for us to ensure every individual fulfills their maximum potential. Assessment provides the basis of informed teaching, helping pupils to overcome difficulties and ensuring that teaching builds upon what has been learnt. It is also the means by which pupils understand what they have achieved and what they need to work on. At Broadoak we have a robust assessment and tracking system, which reflects the National Curriculum 2014, and uses a carefully planned combination of formative and summative assessment. Following a transitional phase last year we have moved away from the old assessment system of levels and for the start of the academic year 2015-16 we have a system based on end of year expectations across all year groups.


At Broadoak Primary, we use the Rising Stars Progression Frameworks for reading, writing and mathematics to track children's progress. These are available using the links below. For each year group there is a set of Age Related Expectations (ARE’s) for a child to meet. These are a set of statements which clearly outline the skills and knowledge that a child should achieve by the end of a particular year. At the end of the academic year, the total number of age related expectations a child has met will then be converted into an end of year judgement. The end of year judgement will report as to whether a child is ‘Beginning’, ‘Developing ‘, ‘Secure’ or 'Exceeding'  for their year group.


All other Curriculum 2014 subjects will be assessed against a bespoke bank of Broadoak assessment criteria created by the school to match the needs of our curriculum. Please use the subject links for subject specific assessment criteria.


Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Children in EYFS are assessed against the Foundation Stage Profile and the seventeen Early Learning Goals. During the Nursery and Reception years observational evidence in the form of written observation, photographs, annotated pieces of work and learning journeys will be used to capture children’s learning and inform staff planning developmentally appropriate next steps. At the end of the Reception year children are reported as to whether they are ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’ for each ELG and whether they have achieved a good level of development. The profile is available by following the link below.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

From September 2015, all children entering Reception will undergo a baseline assessment. This will be used to assess the progress of children who enter Reception year. The baseline assessment will score each pupil against the knowledge and understanding typical for children at the start of Reception year. It will be linked to the learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Broadoak Primary School uses the Early Excellence Baseline Assessment for Reception, which is an observational assessment based on good early years assessment practice. Information relating to this can be found at:


For more information about our assessment procedures and practice please see the school's assessment policy