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Learner assessment at Ysgol Pen Coch, Flintshire

Ysgol Pen Coch features in our thematic report on effective approaches to assessment that improve teaching and learning. We note that the school has reframed assessment as part of a holistic narrative of the child. Approaches to assessment have been streamlined to be more closely linked to curriculum planning. They combine a range of existing frameworks to support their planning for learning across the areas of learning and experience. Staff members developed their own frameworks to support pupils with profound multiple learning difficulties or sensory needs. The sharing of the planning of both teaching and assessment with teaching assistants, allows for a wider field of assessments and a clearer focus on ensuring that pupils are progressing at an appropriate rate. In addition, all practitioners’ understanding of the intended learning for each activity has improved.