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Personalised assessments

Suggested audience: regional education consortia and local authority staff with responsibility for literacy, numeracy or assessment; school governors; other education professionals who are not school staff and therefore do not have access to the Personalised Assessment website

All the information and resources on these pages are included on the assessments website, which school staff can access.

Warning

For support on the personalised assessments please contact the Assessment Helpdesk (for schools only) on 029 2026 5099 or help@personalisedassessments.wales.

For support on managing school users’ Hwb accounts please contact hwb@gov.wales or 0300 0252525.

The purpose of personalised assessments is formative: to help learners progress, through understanding what they can do, the things they need to work on, and their next steps.

The assessments are taken online and are adaptive, i.e. the questions are selected based on the learner’s response to the previous question. If a learner answers a question incorrectly, they will get an easier question; if a learner answers a question correctly, they will get a more challenging question. This provides an individual assessment experience and tailors the level of challenge for every learner.

The information from the personalised assessments (including individual learner feedback and progress, and group reports) will add to what teachers know about their learners’ reading and numeracy from their work every day in the classroom and help them to plan their learners’ next steps.

Access to the Personalised Assessment website is available to head teachers, teachers and learners (in maintained schools in Wales) via their Hwb logins.

Head teachers decide which of their staff members have access to assessments and reports; the assessment site is not available to individuals who do not appear on a school’s MIS.

The Administration Handbook sets out the arrangements for the National Reading and Numeracy Personalised Assessments to be taken by learners in Years 2 to 9 in maintained schools in Wales in the academic year 2021 to 2022.

Refer to this guidance for information on:

  • timing of personalised assessments
  • access to personalised assessments
  • user management
  • scheduling and taking assessments
  • assessment feedback and reports
  • modifications and disapplication

The User Guide sets out the processes for administering the personalised assessments which are taken by all learners in Years 2 to 9 in maintained schools in Wales.

Refer to this user guide for information on how the personalised assessments work, IT requirements and set up, conditions for administering assessments, personnel administering assessments, accessing and interpreting reports, and accessing modified versions of assessments.

Annex 1 to the user guide on the processes related to learner PRU dual-registration assessment scheduling will be available soon.

The following instructional videos give step-by-step guidance to school staff for each stage of scheduling and running the assessments and accessing reports.

Accessing reports and running queries

Learner feedback and progress reports are available the day after the assessment. Group reports are available to request. Individual learner feedback must be released by the teacher before a learner can view it.

In addition to the Administration Handbook and User Guide linked above, the Welsh Government has produced other documents and videos which are available from these pages:

Guidance for practitioners on learner feedback and sharing with parents and carers

Video clips: views and experiences of learners, teachers and experts

Training webinars for teachers on using personalised assessments to support progression in reading and numeracy and the feedback and reports it generates

Animations: Introduction to Personalised Assessments and Learner Feedback Explained

Information for parents and carers