Sherbrook Primary School

Assessment principles

Assessment at Sherbrook Primary School

Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching is appropriate and that children are making at least expected progress.

 As a school we will ensure that;

  • Assessment is used to plan next steps in learning for all children
  • Assessment is fair and inclusive.
  • Assessment is open, honest and transparent.
  • Assessment secures high expectations for all.
  • Assessment is appropriate to age, task and desired information.
  • Assessment is accurate and consistent.
  • Assessment supports comparison with other schools, both locally and nationally.
  • Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable information for pupils, parents/cares and school staff

Our use of assessment

Sherbrook Primary School currently uses National Progression Guidance Materials to set yearly targets for each child. Solar is our main assessment tool to track and record children’s progress. This tool enables us to give an accurate assessment level (p-levels and National Curriculum levels)

‘Assessment without levels’

The DfE announced that there would no longer be National Curriculum levels and that schools would have to set up their own way of assessing pupils. As a school we spent a lot of time researching various different methods of assessing pupils,  to ensure that we got the right system for our children and for your as parents/carers. We looked at three different assessment systems and chose Solar.


Solar uses a format, which is similar to the Early Years Foundation Stage system. This was to take the end of year expectations for each year group and to split this into 3 categories as follows:

  • Emerging- Yet to be secure in the end of year expectations.
  • Expected- Secure in the majority of the end of year expectations.
  • Exceeding- Secure in almost all or all the end of year expectations and is able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently.

All children were baselined during Autumn 2016 using the Solar assessment tool. Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) were written following this.  Any new children are baselined on entry.


The Government has announced that it will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020.

Our historic performance table data can be found here.