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Assessing Pupil Progress

The Aims of the Assessment for Learning Strategy

Building on the work of the most successful schools, the aim is now to make assessment for learning more widespread, systematic and consistent. The aims are that:

  1. every child knows how they are doing, and understands what they need to do to improve and how to get there. They get the support they need to be motivated, independent learners on an ambitious trajectory of improvement;
  2. every teacher is equipped to make well-founded judgements about pupils? attainment,understands the concepts and principles of progression, and knows how to use theirassessment judgements to forward plan, particularly for pupils who are not fulfilling their potential;
  3. every school has in place structured and systematic assessment systems for making regular, useful, manageable and accurate assessments of pupils, and for tracking their progress;
  4. every parent and carer knows how their child is doing, what they need to do to improve, and how they can support the child and their teachers.

The Assessing Pupil Progress approach and materials are fundamental to the achievement of these aims.

Assessing Pupils Progress (APP)

APP is the new structured approach to teacher assessment, developed by QCDA in partnership with the National Strategies, which equips teachers to make judgements on pupils? progress. It helps teachers to fine-tune their understanding of learners? needs and to tailor their planning and teaching accordingly, by enabling them to:

  • Use diagnostic information about pupils strengths and weaknesses to improve teaching, learning and pupils progress
  • make reliable judgements related to national standards drawing on a wide range of evidence
  • track pupils progress.

Further details on APP and the assessment guidelines and standards files for English, Mathematics and Science can be accessed by clicking here.

The Lancashire Assessment, Mathematics and English Teams have produced a generic powerpoint that can be used by schools to provide internal training for APP. Please click here to access the powerpoint.


APP Case Studies


Case Study 1

Case Study 2

Case Studies 1 and 2 are taken from an APP Transition project carried out between Infant and Junior schools in 2008/09. The case studies are comprised of children's writing from across the curriculum which have been standardised in school and moderated between 2 schools.

Case Study 3

Case Study 3 explains the process one school went through in order to use APP to aid transition from Year 2 to Year 3.

Case Study 4

Case Study 4 explains the process two schools (one Infant and one Junior) went through in order to use APP to aid transition from Year 2 to Year 3.