Last reviewed on 15 September 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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Know what questions you can ask school leaders and what to look out for in your assessment policy, so you can review it confidently. See examples from primary schools, secondary schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs).

Key points to look out for 

Schools have been free to develop their own approaches to assessment since the National Curriculum levels were removed in 2014.

This policy isn't statutory, so its contents will vary depending on your school's approach and context. We've suggested what might be included in an assessment policy, based on:

This article is not meant as a guide for writing a policy, since that’s your senior leaders’ job, and you don't need to cross-check your school's policy with the above guidance or legislation. Instead, use this article to give you a sense of what to look for when reviewing your policy.

Aims and objectives

Provide clear guidelines on the approach to formative and summative assessment Establish a consistent and coherent approach to recording summative