Foundation subjects assessment tracker
This product consists of a recording/tracking assessment tool and a simple set of reports to show attainment and progress across the school for the foundation (non-core) subjects in primary schools (although technically a core subject, we have also included computing and science within the tool).
The key purpose of this product is that schools can use the tracking tool as a means of recording children’s attainment in a range of subjects - either termly or annually, whichever the school prefers - and then run simple analysis reports to explore the progress made by individuals, groups of pupils (e.g. disadvantaged) or whole cohorts.
The tool is appropriate for schools that use SIMS as their Management Information System (MIS). It consists of templates and report definition files that the school imports into SIMS.
At each assessment point, teachers would enter their summative judgement about where pupils are currently attaining in each subject area, using the following grades:
Explained in the guidance documentation.
N.B. This tool does not provide assessment criteria for each subject. Schools all have different approaches to planning and organising their curriculum and therefore each school should devise the standards they expect children to achieve in each year, based on their own curriculum map. This tool complements the school’s own curriculum and assessment approach and enables efficient analysis of pupils’ progress.
Instructions for users
Please read the instruction document before trying to download the template and report files. Appropriate permissions in SIMS to import, create and edit marksheets for templates will be necessary in order to follow the required steps.
In order for a user to be able to run the SIMS reports, the following is required:
- A version of the Windows Operating System supported by Capita SIMS
- A version of Microsoft Excel supported by Capita SIMS, with latest the MS Office Updates applied
- The ability to enable macros in Excel
- Sufficient space in the ‘tempSIMSrpt’ folder (usually located in a user’s ‘Documents’ folder), to create report outputs (at least 5 Mb)
- Appropriate permissions in SIMS to view pupil details and assessment data
We have been involved in piloting the new assessment tool for foundation subjects last year as I was concerned that we did not have an accurate view of standards across the wider curriculum. Staff were very positive and welcomed the opportunity – they all found the 5 point ARE scale very useful and easy to manage. The reports are simple to run and now all of my subject leaders are able to speak confidently about standards in their subject area and are using this information to inform action planning
R Staples, Headteacher, Fairlands Primary School
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