Lightmoor Village Primary School

How we Assess



We are currently introducing a new approach to learning at Lightmoor Village Primary School.  This system is called Assertive Mentoring and it has proven to be highly successful in Primary schools across the country. 


The Aims of Assertive Mentoring are: 

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 brings together a whole series of initiatives and policies which already existed at Lightmoor Village Primary School. The system simply improves the systems and focuses highly on ‘Shining the light on the positive’.

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. Each child will have a 1:1 meeting with the class teacher each half term to discuss their learning and review and set targets.

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.

Children are given a colour based on their success of meeting targets and also homework, punctuality, uniform, behaviour and effort in school.


Assertive mentoring is based on a colour coding system:

Green - means that the child is on target, in-line with expectations for attainment, attitude, achievement and behaviour.

Yellow - means that the child has met some expectations and is almost on target, but still has room for improvement.

Red - means that the child is not meeting their targets and requires further support to achieve   these in attainment, attitude and/or behaviour.


What are the advantages of Assertive Mentoring?

  • It is 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.

Children who need further support in any areas of school life can be identified and support given as soon as possible.