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Assessment and reporting

New information about Assessment and Reporting 

(published Spring 2016)

Schools now have the freedom to decide how to assess pupils before GCSE – National Curriculum levels are no longer used.

What we do?

  • All pupils are set target grades at the start of each year.
  • Three times each year their teachers predict whether or not they think the pupils will meet these targets by the end of the year
  • For pupils in Years 9-11 (GCSE courses) the teacher predictions and targets are for the end of Year 11 .
  • Champions of Learning reports sent home to parents show targets, predictions for the end of the year and Attitude to Learning grades.

What are the targets based on?

  • Targets for all our pupils are based on FFT Aspire high target grades. We would be in the top 20% of similar schools nationally if all pupils met their targets.
  • FFT Aspire targets are not yet available for Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 7 and Year 8 pupils. Targets for these pupils are currently being  set by their teachers.
  • FFT Aspire targets are based on gender, date of birth and prior attainment. Staff also take into account Pupil Premium, SEN, EAL and the length of time in our school when deciding whether or not to adjust targets.

What are predictions based on?

  • All pupils are monitored closely by their teachers and a range of evidence is used to make predictions. This varies depending on the age of the pupils. Current attainment is taken into account when making predictions but it is not reported to parents.
  • Teachers also consider how well pupils are working when they predict where pupils will be at the end of the year or course.

What is Attitude to Learning?

  • All pupils from Nursery to Year 11 are awarded Attitude to Learning grades. These grades are based on attendance, punctuality, effort in lessons, behaviour and homework.

What do the Attitude to Learning grades mean?

  • A1     You hand your work in on time and produce it to the best of your ability. You show a positive attitude towards school at all times. You often do more than your teacher asks you to do.
  • A2     You usually hand your work in on time and produce it to the best of your ability. You show a positive attitude in lessons at all times.
  • A3     Your effort is inconsistent and sometimes falls below that expected of pupils at Almondbury Community School. You are causing a concern to your teachers.
  • A4     Your effort often falls below that expected of pupils at Almondbury Community School. You are a serious concern to your teachers.

How are pupils assessed?

Nursery and Reception

  • Children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which includes 17 areas of learning.
  • Children are assessed against criteria in each of these areas at the end of the Reception year. These are called the early learning goals (ELGs).
  • In Nursery and Reception grades are awarded for Reading, Writing, Maths (Number) and Maths (Shape). The following grades will be used:

Grade

Meaning

A

Working above the ELG (Exceeding)

N

Working at the ELG (National Expectations)

W

Working towards the ELG (Emerging)

Years 1 and 2

  • The system of assessment is an extension of the practice in Early Years.
  • There are a set of expectations in each year group for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and Maths. These are called the end of year expectations. The grades used are similar to those used in Early Years:

Grade

Meaning

A

Above National Expectations

N

Working at National Expectations

W

Working towards National Expectations

Years 3-8

  • Years 3 to 6 – grades are awarded for Reading, Writing and Maths.
  • Years 7 and 8 – grades are awarded for English, Maths, Science, MFL, History, Geography, Technology, PE, Art and Music.
  • There are clear age-related expectations for Years 3 to 6. Age-related expectations are being developed in school for Years 7 and 8. The grades used for Years 3-8 are an extension of those used up to the end of Year 2:

Grade

Meaning

M

Mastery (top 10% of pupils nationally)

A

Above National Expectations (top 25%)

N

Working at National Expectations

W

Working towards National Expectations (bottom 25%)

B

Below National Expectations (bottom 10%)

Years 9 - 11

Pupils in Year 9 (2018 and onwards) will be assessed using new GCSE 9-1 grades in every subject.

  • Pupils in Year 10 (YL2017) are mostly assessed using GCSE A*-G grades. However, in English Language, English Literature and Maths new GCSE 9-1 grades will be awarded at the end of the courses in 2017 and FFT Aspire targets reflect this. There is a lack of clarity nationally about exactly what is required to achieve these grades which means that assessment is very problematic. In the Ofqual document Setting standards for new GCSEs in 2017 it states that:

“Broadly the same proportion of children will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above” and “Grade 5 will be positioned in the top third of the marks for a current Grade C and bottom third of the marks for a current Grade B.”

However, the SISRA Analytics document New-Style 9-1 GCSE Grades states that:

“The DfE have confirmed that a grade 5 will be the new “threshold” grade, so in all headline figures new-style 9-5 grades will be treated the same as old-style A*-C grades.”

  • Pupils in Year 11 (YL2016) are assessed using GCSE A*-G grades. FFT Aspire targets for the end of Year 11 are expressed as A*-G GCSE grades.

We will keep parents fully informed of any changes we make to assessment, recording and reporting in response to any changes to the national assessment frameworks.