How to use this exemplar to improve practice
This article along with reflective questions invite you to consider the impact of your own approach to assessing children's progress.
You are invited to read the article and consider, individually or as a team, the following improvement questions:
- What are the strengths and areas for development in your own approach to assessing children's progress?
- How do you decide what is significant in children's learning?
- How confident are you that parents understand how well their child is progressing in learning?
What brought about the change?
This change in approach was brought about through recognition of the importance of meeting the needs of all children at all times. To do this, staff were using local and national guidance and there was a need to ensure that this was being done in a consistent way across the authority. This approach also prevented the need for individual settings to create their own approach.
What was the impact?
Staff are more confident in assessing children’s progress using the authority framework.
Parents and carers receive more detailed information about their child’s progress on a more regular basis.
Read this article
This article was originally published in Early Years Matters. It describes how Kilmartin Primary School assess young children’s learning.
PDF file: Argyll and Bute Approach – Knowing Each Child as a Learner (104 KB)
Use Building the Ambition – National Practice Guidance for Early Learning and Childcare to help with your considerations.