Lanchester Community Free School

...for a better future




Assessment is both formative and summative. Our teachers recognise the importance of individual verbal feedback. We ensure that our feedback and marking is done with the child to ensure they are aware of how they need to improve and progress their learning. In 2016, along with our new marking scheme/policy, we have added Feedback Fridays, where every child creates their own individual targets for the following week in English, Maths and Science. These targets are shared with parents, to ensure consistency and communication is across home and school. At Lanchester CFS we recognise the change in approach to Assessment on a national level and we value the teacher judgement on the whole child’s assessment.

We assess against the National Curriculum.

Our assessments in reading are based on a holistic judgement and evidence from:

  • Guided Reading formative notes
  • Colour Band/levels
  • Bug Club Comprehension test
  • Phonics assessment
  • Timed Reading 
  • PM Reading Assessment 

Our assessments in writing are based on holistic judgements and evidence from:

  • English Books
  • Big Write Books
  • Writing moderation- held at least once every 5 weeks (in school and across schools)
  • Phonics assessment

Our assessment in mathematics are based on holistic judgements and evidence from:

  • White Rose Assessment tasks
  • Inspire maths Assessment tasks
  • Maths Journal
  • School created Maths Assessments 


We report children's progress and attainment to parents half termly through parents evenings and written reports sent home. We share children's learning journey and next steps with parents through Feedback Friday targets and continued dialogue throughout the term.