Assessment and Reporting

Years 7, 8 and 9 Assessment

How do we report on progress at KS3?

At KS3 assessment focuses on the progress students are making.

At the start of KS3 a GCSE target is established for each student in every subject. Teachers assess students on the progress they are making at KS3, towards being able to achieve their GCSE targets by the time they take their exams in Year 11.

There are 5 indicators to describe the progress being made:

Well Above Target

Based on current work and assessment, it is likely that the student will exceed their GCSE target IF they continue to work at a consistent rate.

Above Target

On Target

Based on current work and assessment, it is likely that the student will meet their GCSE target IF they continue to work at a consistent rate.

Below Target

Based on current work and assessment, it is likely that the student will not meet their GCSE target IF they continue to work at their current rate.

Well Below Target

How are GCSE target grades calculated for KS3 students?

Depending on the subject, either prior attainment in Key Stage 2 tests (tests in reading and maths at end of primary school), or a baseline test (test at school), is used to calculate a GCSE target (essentially the minimum grade we expect a student to achieve by the end of Year 11).

The chart below shows which data is used to calculate targets for different subjects:

Subjects

Year GCSE target calculated

Data used to calculate GCSE target

English

Y7

KS2 test score in reading

Maths

Y7

KS2 test score in maths

Science

Y7

KS2 test scores in reading and maths (average)

Humanities

Y7

KS2 test scores in reading and maths (average)

MFL

Y7

Baseline Test - Autumn 1 Assessment

 

Y8

Baseline Test - Autumn 1 Assessment - for new language

 

Y9

Baseline Test - Autumn 1 Assessment - for new language

Music

Y7

Baseline Test - Autumn 1 Assessment

MADE

Y7

Baseline Test – Autumn 1 Assessment

Art

Y8/Y9

Outcome of MADE at end of Y7

Drama

Y7

Baseline Test - Autumn 1 Assessment

Tech

Y8/Y9

Outcome of MADE at end of Y7

PE

Y7

Baseline Test – Autumn 1 Assessment

Please note, once students move up to Key Stage 4, targets for all subjects are calculated by using students’ prior attainment in English and maths at primary school.

How do teachers assess what progress is being made?

Once a target grade has been established each student follows a ‘learning pathway’ that sets out the learning they need to acquire at KS3 to support them to achieve their GCSE target by the time they get to the end of Y11. Teachers assess the progress each student is making towards achieving the learning objectives on their learning pathway.

A copy of the learning pathways indicating the GCSE targets they lead to can be seen below.

The learning objectives (success criteria) for each pathway are shared with students and copies can be accessed for each subject by following the links on this page. Please note that, students can move between pathways depending on the progress they make; for example, a student who consistently makes above-track progress across a year would move up to the next higher pathway at the start of the new academic year.

In summary:

Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 Assessment

Students are given a predicted grade for each GCSE course. This is an indication of the outcome that the student is likely to achieve at the end of the course, if they continue to work at the current rate.
New GCSE courses are awarded number grades (1-9) rather than traditional grades (A*-G). Legacy GCSE courses are still awarded A*-G grades. New A level courses are awards A*-E grades.

With each prediction, a fine grade is indicated:


+

e.g. 5+

Student is secure to achieve at the grade predicted and making good progress towards grade above.

=

e.g. 5

Student is secure to achieve at the grade predicted.

-

e.g. 5-

Students is secure to achieve at the grade predicted but still needs to improve consistency of work.

New specification GCSE grades:

At KS4, most subjects are now following the new specification GCSEs that use 9-1 grades as an indicator of attainment. At the moment, a ‘standard pass’ is set at a Grade 4, so this is equivalent to the old C grade. The other grades convert approximately as follows: 9 (A**), 8 (A*), 7 (A), 6 (B), 5 (B-/C+), 4 (C), 3 (D), 2 (E), 1 (F/G).

Targets at KS4 and KS5:

GCSE targets for students in Year 10 and Year 11 are set using Key Stage 2 (primary school) prior attainment scores in reading and maths. We also use benchmarking data provided by the government to check that the targets we set for students are at least in line with national standards. For students in the sixth form we use the outcome of a student’s GCSE results to calculate targets.

Reporting on Attitude to Learning

In addition to progress, teachers report on attitude to learning (ATL) for all year groups by giving a score between 5 and 0 for each student at every reporting point.

The scores indicate the following:

  • 5 = Excellent
  • 4 = Good
  • 2/3 = Room for improvement
  • 0/1 = Cause for concern

The ATL score that is awarded is based on how well the student has met the following criteria:

a) being on time and prepared for learning;
b) having a resilient approach to learning;
c) being well behaved and polite;
d) showing pride in work;
e) responding to and acting on feedback.

The Hove Park Baccalaureate

The Hove Park BACC provides students with a framework for tracking 3 priority areas: 1) Academic Achievement; 2) Attendance; 3) Attitude to Learning. Using the data from teachers, students are given a score out of 5 for each of these areas as follows:

  • 5 = Excellent,
  • 4 = Good,
  • 3/2 = Room for Improvement,
  • 1/0 = Cause for Concern.

As well as the student’s own BACC score, the report also shows the average scores for the year group.
Students can achieve either a standard pass, merit pass or honours pass in the BACC if they:

  • Make progress across a range of subjects
  • Maintain a good level of attendance
  • Meet our expectations in relation to attitude to learning.

Students who pass receive certificates at the end of each term in recognition of their achievements. All students can aspire to pass with honours if they achieve excellence in these 3 areas.