Assessment and Reporting

A combination of formal Reports, Portfolios of work and student-led Parent/Teacher meetings ensure that your child's progress is monitored and their learning celebrated. 




To ensure that you are kept well informed about how your child is progressing in all areas of their schooling, Milgate has adopted a range of methods for reporting student achievement.


One is through formal written reports.  As parents you will receive two reports on your child’s progress and achievements each year.  These reports are posted in Compass, our parent portal, in both June and December.


Other methods of keeping you well informed about your child’s progress and achievements include:


  • Formal and informal meetings
  • Public performances at school assembly and other special events
  • Open night [held in May each year]
  • Achievements acknowledged at assembly or in our newsletter




FORM: What are portfolios? 


The portfolio is a meaningful celebration of student learning throughout the year, which reflects the growth and progress of the student as a learner. Portfolios allow students to reflect on their work while setting goals for improvement, thus taking responsibility and ownership of their learning. The portfolio acts as a communication tool for the celebration of students’ accomplishments and will also be referred to during Student Led Conferences (SLC). 


At Milgate Primary School we believe that portfolios

  • reflect students as individuals
  • are a celebration of ‘work in progress’
  • highlight student learning 
  • document ongoing student thinking and processes of learning
  • are selections of work students are proud of and want to share and talk about
  • demonstrate growth of student learning
  • record student learning and progress
  • reflect student agency


Seesaw has been identified as the tool that will be used by Foundation to Year 6 teachers as an ePortfolio.  All parents will be invited to join their child’s class Seesaw group. Invitations to join Seesaw will be sent at the start of a new school year and when new students join the class. 



FUNCTION: What is the purpose of a portfolio? 



  • foster student reflection (voice and agency) 
  • document growth and learning over time
  • demonstrate personalised learning (choice and agency)
  • provide feedback and feedforward to learners
  • look different for each child


RESPONSIBILITY: What is the student, teacher and parent’s role in celebrating the child as a learner?


Student: The portfolio will form a picture of who the child is as a learner. The role of the student is to identify pieces of work they would like to put into their portfolio, reflecting and celebrating on their own learning and setting goals for the future. 


Teacher: The role of the teacher is to:

  • Model the process:
      • Model the language of reflection/metacognition
        • What did I learn today?
        • What can I already do?
        • What will I work on next?
      • Model how to choose portfolio pieces explaining the reasons why.
      • Identify strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Provide the time:
      • for reflection at all stages of learning—before, during and after inquiries.
      • Make ‘working’ on the child’s portfolio part of the process of learning. 
  • Let the students own the process and choose what they want to include and why.



Parent: The portfolio is an opportunity for parents to listen to their child and to see how they view themselves as a learner. They can see evidence of:


  • the thinking processes and strategies used by their child during their learning
  • the child’s strengths
  • new things the child is discovering
  • ways their child has overcome challenges
  • growth in learning, confidence, ability and resilience
  • how their child is developing in their approaches to learning




Student Led Conferences provide students with an opportunity to showcase their learning achievements with their parents and teacher through their digital portfolios.  Student Led Conferences take place in June each year.


Parent / Teacher meetings are provided in June each year following the Mid-Year Reports being sent home. Each meeting is of 10 minutes duration. These meetings offer you an opportunity to discuss, with your child's teacher, aspects of your child's progress over the year to date. You are encouraged to bring your child's mid-year report along to this meeting to discuss or clarify any questions you may have.