Assessment

National indicator grades are based on prior attainment – KS2 SATs. They are an estimate of how any given student should do in a particular subject when they take the final examination in Year 11. They are produced by Fischer Family Trust.

For Years 9-11, the national indicator grade is for the end of Year 11 and the completion of the course. This will be shown as a GCSE grade (or equivalent).

For all subjects new GCSE grades are used (1-9).

Projected grades are given by teachers to each student at each tracking point. These grades show what the teacher believes the student would get at the end of Year 11 and are based upon the student’s approach to learning and homework.

 

Year 7 and 8:

With the demise of National Curriculum levels, we took the decision in 2014 to assess all students from Year 7 onwards using GCSE grades for English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and French.  These are reported to parents at least three times an academic year along with an Attitude to Learning level. 

For these subjects, students will be given national indicator grades (see above). These grades will project what GCSE grade each student is capable of achieving in Year 11 based on their Key Stage 2 attainment.

Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Physical Education, and Technology will use five standards: blue, green, yellow, orange and red. As students begin one of the above subjects, the subject teachers will conduct assessment tasks that will identify what standard of skill and aptitude a student has in that area. This will allow us to allocate the student to a standard. As the student moves through Years 7 and 8, we will be able to monitor their progress based on the standard they are in.

 

Reports will show what progress the student is making in each of these subjects and their approach to learning and homework. Normally, we would expect a student to remain in the same standard throughout Years 7 and 8. However, as a result of the student’s approach to learning and/or homework, students can move into the adjacent standard. A student, who remains in the same standard throughout Years 7 and 8, will have made expected progress, as to remain in the same standard will require a higher level of work as the student progresses throughout Years 7 and 8.

 

Broadly, a standard will indicate what we would expect a student to achieve in the subject as they progress. It will also SUGGEST a potential GCSE grade that could be achieved, if the student were to continue with that subject to Year 11. However, this will only ever be an estimate as studying these subjects at GCSE requires a multitude of additional skills which are only touched upon in KS3.

Please refer to the table below:

Standard name

Description

Potential indicator for end of Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Blue

Mastery

7-9

Green

National Standard

5-6

Yellow

Almost at National Standard

4

Orange

Working towards National Standard

3

Red

Working below National Standard

1-2

 

The work covered in the Foundation Subjects at KS3 covers a broad and varied skill set. Students will study topics that they have never encountered before, and ones that they have practiced several times before. As expected, students will have different aptitudes for different areas within a subject, therefore, their day-to-day grades may be quite varied. However, the termly assessments will be carried out in a way which allows progress to be accurately measured. This progress will then be reported to parents. The key focus for all students should be on improvement – work will be marked in pink and green to show areas for improvement and areas that went well. All students should be aiming for the Blue standard, to master the skills that set up the foundation for KS4.

 

Rye Smart: Approaches to Learning and Approaches to homework/independent study:

We will also monitor and report on the following for ALL years:

1.      Approach to learning – effort and behaviour

2.      Approach to Independent study/Homework -- quality and deadlines

We use the following grading system for the above areas:

·        Outstanding

·        Good

·        Requirement to improve

·        Unsatisfactory

Please see the table below for detailed explanation of the grades:

 

Grade definitions for learning in lessons (approaches to learning and independent study/homework):

Comment

Definition

Outstanding

The quality of work, behaviour or ability to meet a deadline is outstanding. The student consistently makes an excellent level of effort, working above and beyond expectations. With this continued level of effort the national indicator grade is likely to be met and the next level could be achieved.

Good

The quality of work, behaviour or ability to meet a deadline is good. The student consistently makes a good level of effort. With this continued level of effort the national indicator grade is likely to be met.

Requirement to improve

The quality of work, behaviour or ability to meet a deadline requires immediate improvement in order to achieve expectations. The student has an inconsistent attitude to learning and concentrates on simply completing tasks. Without improvement, the national indicator grade is unlikely to be met.

Unsatisfactory

The quality of work, behaviour or ability to meet a deadline is currently not acceptable. The student’s effort and behaviour is a cause for concern. The national indicator grade will not be met.

 

Subject Information:

Art

Dance

Drama

English

Geography

History

Maths

Modern Foreign Languages

Music

Physical Education

Science




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