Combined Subject Assessments are our newest, most innovative type of dynamic assessment which are now live on the EdPlace platform, launched in March 2021. To learn more about dynamic assessments in general and how they have been designed, please click here.
What are Combined Subject Assessments and how do they work?
These assessments do exactly what they say on the tin - they combine all 3 core subjects, English, maths and science, into one easy-to-use, big picture assessment.
All Combined Subject Assessments on EdPlace are 30 questions in length, with 10 questions from each subject. We suggest that these assessments take approximately 15 minutes to complete. A timer has been added to offer further insight into your child or student’s performance but will not play any other role in their assessment. Your student will not be locked out or the activities close if they exceed the expected time, but this will be shared with you in their assessment report (more on this later!)
We recommend completing this type of assessment at the start of your child or student's journey with EdPlace to allow us and you to tailor their following work to meet their specific and personal learning needs. We also strongly recommend that once the subject requiring the most support has been identified, students should then complete the Subject-Specific Assessment in this area to get a much more in-depth understanding of topic-level needs. From here, you can use the thousands of activities on EdPlace, all organised by National Curriculum objective, to begin to support your student to catch-up, stay on track, or get ahead.
How do I know the assessment will cover what my child should know?
The range of questions within each subject spans the National Curriculum objectives your student will be working on in their current academic year, giving you a ‘big picture’ view of how their understanding in each of the three subjects stacks up against one another.
As always at EdPlace, all our assessments have been created by subject-specialist, qualified teachers with a minimum of five years’ classroom experience. Who is better placed than a teacher to support you in identifying what your child or student does and doesn’t know?
How do I know what my student should focus on after the assessment?
Once your child or student has completed a Combined Subject Assessment, you will automatically be sent a report of their results via email. There’s also a copy available of this available in your account, found under the ‘Review Completed’ section (the number of new activities here is shown in blue):
This report shows your student's overall score for each of the core subjects, making it easy to draw a comparison between the three, with a visual and numerical representation in the ‘Summary of performance’:
You will also be informed if they completed the assessment within or outside the guide time.
What’s next, once I know which areas my student needs more help with?
After reading the report and seeing the core subject areas that your child or student needs to focus on, we have the next step covered too! With the help of EdPlace’s Subject-Specific Assessments, you can really drill down to find the detail of those topics that are proving the most challenging in their trickiest subject. We then offer hundreds of short, National Curriculum aligned activities, allowing you to create personalised practice tailored to your child or student's needs. Simply log into your account and assign activities within the National Curriculum area identified for focus to watch their confidence soar! Click here to watch a video on how to do this.
How do I know this approach works?
The beauty of our Combined Subject Assessments are that you really do get an objective overview of your child or student's performance across all three core subjects, enabling you to really tailor the next steps in their learning. What’s more, with this assessment, they can sit it as many times as you would like to check on progress, as the questions will change and adapt each time. Therefore, you are always getting an accurate picture of your student's progress in the three core subjects, without the risk of memorisation or rote learning coming into play.
We’re confident that through our comprehensive resources, you’ll have all the tools at your disposal to really support your child or student to reach their full potential on EdPlace, at school and in life.