Assessing Pupils Progress (APP) is a nationally developed and standardised approach to assessment which seeks to provide a framework within which teachers can make judgements about the standard of pupils’ work and plan future learning activities. Since the introduction of the new government, APP documents are no longer statutory.
At Greenhill, we have taken the opportunity to develop 'Learning Ladders'. Essentially, these are similar to the APP documents but in a language for everyone to understand, even the children. Each child from Y1 to Y6 has a learning ladder stuck in the front and back of their English and Maths books. The children also have Learning Ladders for reading which are kept in the teacher's guided reading folders. The level they are currently working on is stuck at the front with the following level stuck at the back. The children are familiar with the ladders and can see in an instant what they are working on and what they need to do to improve, thus taking ownership of their own learning and progress.
The teachers and children, if appropriate, will 'zap' a statement if they have achieved it in an independent (or supported if Level 1) piece of work. Four zaps will result in furthering up the ladder and working towards their next step. Once they have reached the top of the ladder, the children can colour in the star and move onto the next level.
You can have a look at the learning ladders below.