Assessment (Assertive Mentoring – AM)

Assertive Mentoring

Throughout school we used an assessment and mentoring system called ‘Assertive Mentoring’.

What are we aiming for?

  • to raise standards for all
- to motivate and involve children in their learning
  • to inform and involve parents in their child’s learning

Assertive Mentoring is about shining the light on the positive and helping children to target what they need to get better at.  It brings together our assessment systems, marking policy and behaviour policy together.

It is important that the children benefit from:

  • Focused teaching
  • Know where they are
  • Relevant intervention
  • Personalised learning
  • Motivation
  • Targets met
  • Success

Academic Work

Assertive Mentoring targets what a child can do, and what they need to do to move to the next level.  It allows teachers to set achievable targets in reading, writing and mathematics each half term, and to work with the children to complete these.  The system facilitates sharing these targets with parents so that you can help your child to achieve even more quickly.  Children know exactly what level they are working at, and what they need to do to move on.  Marking and feedback to children are very focused and termly mentoring meetings review what has been achieved and what needs to be done next.

Why do we use it?

  • Quick and easy to use and understand.
  • All staff in school use the same approach.
  • Children judge their own learning and behaviour: they are startlingly accurate.
  • Children are empowered to take ownership and control of the way they behave and their attitude to learning.
  • Children who have a good attitude to learning and school life are praised.

Attitude and behaviour

We will measure and record children’s attitude to school life, and set targets for improvement if they are needed.  Many aspects of our routine come under this heading, for example wearing of correct uniform, bringing in to school PE kit, attendance and punctuality.

Mentoring files and one-to-one meetings

Each child now has a very important Assertive Mentoring file which will stay with them throughout their time with us.  In the mentoring file is stored all the information the staff, children and yourselves need to be aware of in relation to academic achievement, attitude and behaviour.


Mentoring files will be the focus of one-to-one meetings between the teacher and child. The files will also be shared during parents evenings.


See document below for more information about how our Assessment systems in school work.

Assertive mentoring explained.