Personalised assessments in 2021 to 2022
In 2021 to 2022, personalised assessments for learners in Years 2 to 9 are available to take throughout the school year. This now includes Numeracy (Reasoning) which was introduced in autumn 2021.
Assessments in Reading and Numeracy are statutory for this school year.
After learners have completed these assessments, schools have access to feedback on learners’ skills, progress and age-standardised scores.
Accessing the assessments
To access the assessments you will need to log in to Hwb. Once logged in select the personalised assessments icon on the homepage or from the menu.
This video shows how to log in to Hwb and access the personalised assessments website.
Guidance for schools
- During 2021 to 2022, personalised assessments in Reading and Numeracy are statutory for use in years 2 to 9. Teachers are advised to read the personalised assessments administration handbook which sets out the requirements for this year.
- Detailed practical information on scheduling and delivering the assessments (including checklists), and on accessing reports, is available in the user guide on the assessment website.
- Schools can schedule assessments at a time they consider most beneficial to support teaching, learning and progression.
- Teachers are asked to ensure that all their learners use the familiarisation assessments on Hwb to try out the question types in advance of taking the assessments.
- Statutory guidance
Support and guidance for schools
Support and guidance is also available from the assessment website. After accessing the website click ‘Help’ to access videos, a user guide and familiarisation assessments.
For support on managing school users’ Hwb accounts please contact email@example.com or 0300 0252525.
For support on the personalised assessments, please contact the Assessment Helpdesk (for schools only) on 029 2026 5099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Case studies and professional learning materials for teachers
The following resource is available on the personalised assessments system.
The following case study highlights the use of personalised assessments to target and improve learner outcomes.
Personalised assessments are adaptive, meaning that questions are selected based on the responses to previous questions. This provides a tailored assessment experience for each learner and will help all learners develop their skills through understanding what they can do, the things they need to work on, and their next steps.
The assessments provide schools with information on the skills of individual learners and whole classes.
There is no ‘assessment window’ for personalised assessments; timing is at the school’s discretion.
Learners can take the personalised assessments in small or large groups, depending on the school’s preferences and facilities, and schools do not need a large number of devices
Learners are required to take each assessment once during the academic year. Schools also have the option to use the assessments once more during the academic year.