The Purpose and Principles of Assessment

There are 3 main forms of assessment;

  • In-school formative assessment – this is the evaluation of students’ knowledge and understanding, which takes place on a day-to-day basis in lessons and through home learning. This information is used in order to inform and adapt teaching, both during lessons and from one lesson to the next.
  • In-school summative assessment – this is a summary point used to evaluate what students have learned, in order to measure their progress from an identified starting point.  This helps to identify areas for development and also informs reporting home.
  • Nationally standardised summative Assessment – this is assessment used by the Government to hold schools to account. For example; SAT, GCSE and A-Level examinations.

You will find an explanation of assessment procedures at HGS by following the relevant sub-category links.