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Within two weeks of entering Alder Brook, all children complete assessments in reading, phonics, writing and maths. They are also screened for dyslexia and complete a test of Abstract Language Comprehension (T.A.L.C.). If there are felt to be any other additional needs, a pupil is referred for the appropriate screening and assessment. The Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs of pupils are ascertained using a range of tools, including observations, completion of a Strengths and difficulties Questionnaire, discussions with the child, their previous school and parents. Also where appropriate liaison with external specialists.
At the end of each term, each child completes a formal reading and maths assessment. Writing is assessed regularly and a formal stage is recorded at the end of each term. Phonics is re-assessed every half term along with T.A.L.C and S.D.Q’s.
Pupils who have not made expected progress in maths or reading will be given extra support and re-assessed at the end of the next half term.
Assessment is used to inform planning of lessons and appropriate interventions that are needed. It is also used to highlight possible barriers to learning.