We aim to keep all parents and carers up to date with the progress of their child in school; to this end, we produce three reviews spread across the school year. Each review contains information about your child’s attitude to learning, any key causes for concern impacting on their performance and an ‘ongoing’ level reflecting on their achievement across a term. We report a ‘key piece’ or ‘assessment’ level twice a year. This is the result arising from a test, mock exam paper or another piece of work completed under test conditions.
If you have any questions about your child’s report, their subject teacher can help in the first instance, or where there are multiple causes of concern, their head of year can assist.
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Our Year 7 reports provide information about your child’s learning in a number of different areas:
- Attitude to Learning
- An assessment or ‘key piece’ level, reported during the spring and summer terms
- An ongoing assessment level
- Target level
Here is an example of a Year 7 Student Review:
An example of a Year 8 Student Review:
Attitude to Learning (ATL):
The attitude to learning grade encompasses learning and study at home (primarily homework) as well in school.
A Excellent: an exemplary attitude at all times – concentrates and participates eagerly in all activities and always willing to try their best.
B Good: a positive attitude, working hard, concentrates in lessons and participates well in a variety of tasks
C Room for improvement: does what is required but tends to lack self-motivation and concentration. Often needs encouragement to participate and work/effort is of an inconsistent standard
D Unsatisfactory: often needs signiﬁcant encouragement to engage with the lesson and related tasks. Work/effort is not regularly representative of their best
E Serious cause for concern: a generally negative attitude to tasks set, often reluctant to participate willingly, regularly distracted or distracting others in lessons. Work is rarely completed to an acceptable standard
Key Cause for Concern
If your child’s ‘Attitude to Learning’ is a C, D or E grade, the subject teacher will provide a reason for this, such as lateness, effort or behaviour in class. If you wish to discuss any key causes for concern, please contact the subject teacher in the first instance, or where there are multiple causes for concern, your child’s head of year can assist.
Key Piece Assessment
This indicates the level achieved in a speciﬁc piece of work or test, carried out during each assessment week:
W Working at a pre-Key Stage 3 level
W+ Working towards the expected standard
M Reaching the expected standard
M+ Consistently and securely meeting the expected standard
E Working at the expected standard and exceeding in several areas
E+ Comfortably exceeding all of the expected standards
Levels are based on the knowledge, skills and understanding that students are expected to develop and apply at Key Stage 3 in each subject area of the National Curriculum. Where a subject does not form part of the National Curriculum, such as Dance and Drama, staff have defined appropriate learning outcomes.
This indicates the grade that the student is working at, taking into account all work completed during the term, not just during the assessment week. We use the same set of levels as for the Key Piece Assessment.
Indicates the grade that a student should aspire to at the end of the year, based on prior attainment and a teacher’s professional judgement.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, target levels for Year 7 students have not yet been set.
How Parents / Carers can help:
Look carefully at the grades your child has achieved in the latest progress report. Compare them with your child’s previous reports – these can be viewed on the Edulink One app under ‘Documents’. Note any positives where your child has improved and encourage them to continue to do their very best. It is also helpful to collectively identify areas for improvement which should be revisited regularly.
Please contact us if you have any concerns or if you think your child is doing less well in a certain subject. Your child’s form tutor, subject teachers or Head of Year can assist here and you can do this by emailing or telephoning school. For anything urgent, please call to make an appointment.
Homework booklets are an important element of assessing, recording and reporting and provide:
- An opportunity for more detailed, in-depth work
- A clear homework task, available on our website
- A focus on one subject per week– along with English and maths
- The building blocks for independent learning
- A further opportunity for challenging able, gifted and talented students as well as providing differentiated tasks for other students
- A common framework for assessment in each subject
How are homework booklets assessed?
- Levels are awarded for each assignment using the grades above
- Teacher comments
- Targets for improvement
A booklet completed at an excellent level for a particular student, showing an outstanding amount of effort, could gain 10 House Points.
When homework is set, your child’s teacher will record the deadline date on the Edulink One app. All students have access to Edulink One and parents will receive an invitation to log in.
If you have any further queries about homework booklets or anything curriculum related, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Curriculum Leader.