Types of Assessment
We monitor the progress and achievement of pupils at Penpol School in a variety of ways, making formative (day to day) and summative (end of unit or term) assessments. We record these results so that we can structure our lesson plans in order to help every child succeed.
What is Mappix?
We use a cloud-based software system, called Mappix, to record our assessments and track how well our pupils are doing. Every objective for each of the core subjects – including Reading, Writing and Maths – is covered by Mappix. This means that teachers using this software are confidently teaching to the new National Curriculum.
How do we use Mappix?
In class, during a lesson or at home, scrutinising the pupils’ books, we are able to mark work against NC objectives and record the degree to which each student has achieved their aim.
iPads, desktops or laptops can be used for this purpose, which means that teachers and school leaders can access our secure Penpol Mappix website whenever they need to.
Recently, our TAs have undertaken additional Mappix training so that they can develop greater effectiveness in delivering targeted support and monitoring the pupils who rely on their valuable input. In this way, our staff share a collective responsibility to share knowledge of:
- curriculum expectations
- pupils’ strengths
- pupils’ barriers to learning
- pupils’ personalised goals
- targeted intervention
How does Mappix support pupil progress?
One simple system provides everything we need for a positive impact at Penpol School. This diagram shows how each aspect of the system works in synchronicity towards one aim: ensuring our pupils reach their potential.
In class, pupils are encouraged to self-assess in a structured way. Using pupil friendly target ladders, children can record their level of confidence for every objective, reflecting on their own progress and, most importantly, experiencing success!
Reporting to parents
The valuable information that is stored using Mappix informs our Individual Education Plans, academic review meetings and end of year reports. We are able to give parents and carers detailed analysis of their child’s strengths and weaknesses in a clear and logical fashion. This is, by far, the most specific and accurate information that we have ever been able to give, supporting parents with learning at home.
The security of our pupil data is paramount at Penpol School. We keep up-to-date with the latest guidance on data handling and act in accordance with best practice when it comes to sensitive information.
The company which created Mappix is a registered ‘data processor’ and complies with UK regulations for this role. Password protection, system management protocols and encryption ensure that our pupil data is handled appropriately and that the school retains control of this data.