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					                       ICT Assessment Record
Guidance Notes
Statutory requirements are that primary schools report on pupils’ progress in ICT at
the end of each year. Although there is no formal requirement to report a level, there
is an expectation that, on average, pupils will have reached level 2 by the end of year
2 and level 4 by the end of year 6.

A working party of St Helens teachers have been working to produce Assessment
materials to provide an ongoing record of ICT learning for all St Helens pupils.

Aims of the group:
       To provide an Assessment Record, which would not only assess what the
       children have achieved, but to also show the NC Level of Attainment the
       pupil is currently working at. This is especially important when
       transferring to Secondary School.

       To involve the pupils in their own learning and assessment.

       To link it to the QCA ICT Scheme of Work, because most schools in St
       Helens are using QCA.

       Above all, to have a very easy system. Teachers have enough paperwork
       already, so we didn’t want anything that would be too onerous and
       consequently wouldn’t be used.

The result is, we have produced 2 booklets:

   1        An Assessment Record. To be completed at the end of each unit by the
            teacher.

   2        A Self-Assessment booklet, which can be used as part of the lesson, to be
            completed by the pupil.

Both of these are very easy to use.

The Assessment Record
This consists of a single A4 sheet for each QCA Unit of work, and a sheet for end of
year recording and overall levelling. All you need is this sheet and a yellow and pink
highlighter pen. On the left of the sheet, enter the class names. On the right, you
have the National Expectations as shown on the QCA unit (cross-checked with NC
Levels of Attainment): most children have; some children have not made so
much progress and have; some children have progressed further and have:

At the end of the unit, most children will have achieved the required objectives, so
there is no need to do anything – leave them white. They are working at Level *.
Some of your pupils may not have made so much progress and are working towards
Level * - so strike over their name with a yellow highlighter pen.

Some of your brighter children will have progressed further and extended their work –
so strike over their name with a pink highlighter pen.

Any comments to inform future teaching can be entered in the box provided eg Sarah
needs to improve keyboard skills as this is slowing down her progress. This could
perhaps be addressed in computer club.

To help ascertain whether the quality of work being produced is of the required
standard, please look at www.ncaction.org.uk where detailed information is given of
the standard expected for each level.

It is a good idea to keep 3 pieces of pupils’ work with each sheet, one for each
expectation level.

At the end of the year, using the ICT Record Sheet; alongside the pupils’ names,
transfer their results (either white, yellow or pink) under the relevant units. It is then
an easy matter to give a ‘best fit’ level of attainment and write that in the ‘Overall
Level.’

Self Assessment Booklet
The Self Assessment booklet is a bit more detailed. It includes skills, key ideas and
techniques, taken from the unit of work, but we’ve tried to put them into ‘child
speak’. The pupil can indicate whether he/she has worked independently, has needed
adult support or has been confident enough to help others.

The integrated task is very important because this is where the pupil can demonstrate
capability. It gives them the scope to use their skills, knowledge and understanding.
It is a good idea to keep evidence of this work, annotated if possible. The pupil can
annotate it with reasons why, purpose etc. It also has an area for reflecting on the
work done - self evaluation - the bits that they thought they have done well and the
bits that they could have done better.

This booklet/sheet should be used as part of the lesson. It should be given to the
children at the beginning when you tell them the objectives of the lesson, when you
share with them what they are going to learn. Obviously, if you are teaching the unit
over 6 weeks then you can split up the objectives. You can then come back to it in the
plenary session. It is ideal to draw together the threads of the lesson and discuss what
has been learned. Children will get very good at completing the sheets as they go
along and become more honest.

The teacher signs the bottom to agree with what the child has recorded – like Record
of Achievement.

The school needs to decide how they want to use these sheets – either as a booklet
that goes with the pupil through the school and passed on to Secondary School; or as
a sheet with their work behind it, (annotated if possible), in their computer folder.
All these documents are freely downloadable from the St Helens Learning Zone. On
the Teachers page – ICT – Teachers Resources.

Many thanks to the following teachers who were on the Assessment Working Party
and thanks to their schools for releasing them:

Ray Bishop           Queens Park Primary
Linda Bowles         Sutton Manor Community Primary
Sarah Neild          Birchley St Mary’s Catholic Primary
Andrea West          St Bartholomew’s Catholic Primary


We would welcome any comments you have on using these sheets, either positive
feedback or ways that you feel they could be improved.

Joan E McCann
ICT CONSULTANT
joanmccann@sthelens.gov.uk
01744 455341



March 2003