Assessment and internal exams
At Wolfreton, we believe that the primary purpose of assessment is to inform staff and students of the priority for the next phase of teaching and learning. Using the Assessment for Learning approach, the measurement of student attainment and progress is not to judge the outcomes of the end of a journey but to inform all involved what knowledge has been retained and understood, what skills have been acquired and are embedded and how further progress can be made in the future.
The Wolfreton curriculum model sequences the acquisition of knowledge into a coherent journey and the formative assessment used will aid the teacher to respond to the needs of the students as they embed prior knowledge and acquire new knowledge.
Work is teacher assessed through ‘Key Marked Pieces’ of Work. Students complete these at key points within a Scheme of Learning. Key Marked Pieces are a mixture of formal tests, extended pieces of work completed over a number of weeks and shorter pieces of work completed within a lesson. At GCSE and A Level these pieces are frequently past exam papers which are marked against the published mark schemes to provide students with a clear picture of their progress. The majority of these Key Marked Pieces are fixed in exercise books. There are however exceptions if they are completed electronically or are practical tasks. Feedback sheets, printed on blue paper, are usually provided. These highlight the grade or level achieved, areas of success which we refer to as WWW (What Went Well) and targets for improvement, referred to as TIFs (To Improve Further). Students are expected to engage with the feedback provided through their MRI (My Response Is) work.
A formal internal, end of year examination is taken by all students in Years 7 – 10. These examinations are designed to prepare students for the external linear examinations they will take at the end of Key Stage 4 and their Sixth Form Studies.
In Year 11 and the Sixth Form, students sit PPEs (Pre Public Examinations). These examinations, completed under the same conditions as the external GCSE and A Level examinations, are designed to provide a realistic experience and prepare students for approaching examination seasons. A formal PPE Results Day is held following each set of Pre Public Exams. Further information about exams can be found in the Information section of the website.