By listening to our children and through careful questioning, our teachers hear what our children know and need to know and adapt their lessons accordingly.

In the EYFS, key moments are recorded on our digital learning journey, which is available for all parents to also contribute to.

Progress is monitored in our school through our annual use of the GL Digital Assessment Suite, which tests attainment in every age group using some online and some paper assessments. These include:

  • baseline assessments for Nursery and profile data for the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception
  • Year 1 does phonics, English, Maths and writing moderation
  • Year 2 does phonics, English, Maths and writing moderation plus a reading test
  • Years 3 to 6 do English, Maths and writing moderation, a reading test, Science and a cognitive ability test (CAT).

All this information provides us with a clear picture of where each child is in relation to their year group and helps us to determine the next steps in their learning.  Separately from this, for the sake of continuity, consistency and in order to offer support, senior leaders look at a range of Maths, English and Science books half-termly, observe lessons, and do learning walks, looking at how displays relate to work going on in the classroom and the use of resources.

Dallington children are prepared for external exams in a non-competitive, stress-free environment where they are expected to reflect on their own attainments and realistically understand the requirements of competitive exams, as well as their own high standards of self-regulated work.

Bearing in mind we are a non-selective school, consultation with parents is maintained so that appropriate applications can be made for places at secondary schools.  We are very direct and open about a child's abilities and potential, whilst being sensitive to the aspirations of parents.

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