It is based on the idea that pupils will improve most if they understand the aim of their learning, where they are in relation to this aim and how they can achieve the aim (or close the gap in their knowledge).
Assessment is closely linked to teachers’ curriculum planning, since it is only by continually assessing what children have learnt and understood, that we can know what “next steps” should be planned.
In mixed ability classes it is essential that teachers “differentiate” in the work given to different ability groups, particularly in the core subjects of Maths, English, ICT and Science. Children’s progress can then be assessed against the “learning intentions” in the curriculum planning. Planning and assessment form an ongoing cycle. In this way, Millbrook School works hard to ensure all children achieve their best results.