Assessment and Reporting

KS3 Assessment and Reporting

Assessment 

At KS3 each subject has 4-6 attainment targets. These are areas that students will focus on over the academic year and are designed for students to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful young adults.  During the academic year students will complete work that is assessed against the attainment targets. Students will then be awarded either Emerging, Developing, Secure or Advanced for this attainment target. As students’ progress through KS3, the expectations relate to their age, becoming increasingly challenging as they move from Year 7 to year 9.

Reports

Parents will receive 3 reports a year. These will detail the following:

  • Subject
  • Teacher
  • Character
  • Character to home learning
  • Assessment against attainment targets
  • House, Attendance, Achievement points and Behaviour points.

Progress

By the end of the academic year we would expect the vast majority of students to be achieving “Secure” for each attainment target. Where students are failing to meet the requirements for “Secure”, they may require additional support with their learning. In cases where students are regularly achieving “Advanced”, they are exceeding the expectations for a learner their age.  Parent consultation evenings are held throughout the school year and will enable you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress with their subject teachers. If you have any concerns about the progress of your son/daughter, please contact the class teacher in the first instance.

KS3 Understanding Your Child’s Report

 

KS3 Attainment Descriptors

 

KS4 Assessment and Reporting

Assessment

At KS4 students will be regularly assessed and their work will be graded using GCSE grade descriptors. These will be in the form of 9-1 or A*-U depending on whether the subjects specification has been reformed. As more information becomes available to schools regarding the new assessments, you may see fluctuations in the grades awarded.

Reports

Parents will receive 3 reports a year. These will detail the following:

  • Subject
  • Teacher
  • Minimum and aspirational target
  • Currently working at grade
  • Character
  • Character to home learning

Progress

At KS4, students will be given two targets. The minimum target is the grade that a student should achieve in Year 11 if they make good progress in the subject. The aspirational target grade is the grade a student could achieve if they make excellent progress in the subject. This is based on their performance at primary school and government recommendations. Regular monitoring against such targets enables teachers to take early action if there are problems and these targets are reviewed regularly.


 KS4 Understanding Your Child’s Report

 

Attainment and Progress Measures

Schools will be measured using this new grading system through two systems: Attainment 8 and Progress 8.  Attainment 8 measures a students’ average grade across up to 8 subjects, with English and Maths counting double.  Progress 8 measure how well a student has done compared to how well similar students have performed nationally, again across up to 8 subjects with English and Maths counting double.  For both measures only certain subjects will be included and they are known as ‘good’ GCSE’s.  Five of the subjects are predetermined being: Maths, English, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and a recognised Humanities subject. A further ‘good’ 3 option subjects are then added to make a total of 8. English and Maths count as double and hence when added up the final total is divided by 10.

Hopefully the video links below from AQA will help make more sense of it all for you.

Attainment 8

Progress 8