Assessment and Reporting at Wye School

The aim of our assessment and reporting system is to ensure that students and parents understand what their current level of achievement is, what they should be aiming to achieve and how to get there. As you may be aware there have been changes to the KS3 National Curriculum and two years ago the government said that schools would no longer need to report National Curriculum levels. All schools are now free to use their own systems of assessing progress. This has become known to teachers as ‘life without levels’. We therefore we have two reporting systems, one for Year 9 and another for Years 7 and 8.

Year 9

Three times a year parents receive Learning Indicator Reports which show a Working at Grade (WAG) which is an old National Curriculum level, Learning Indicator level and a target level for each subject (please see explanations below). Annually parents will receive a full Progress Report, which also contains detailed comments from each subject teacher. This explains the progress that the student has made and gives targets for further improvement. Staff use the information to differentiate work in lesson, change seating plans, make suggestions for set changes and to track vulnerable students. In addition, we have annual Progress Review Meetings with parents and students when they meet with subject teachers to discuss the progress which they have made and how parents can support their children to be successful.

Measures Explained

The Learning Indicator is a measure of the student’s attitude towards their learning. This is rated on a 1-4 scale. This includes: organisation (equipment, deadlines); participation and effort in class; and effort in the Independent Learning Projects (ILPs).

1= Excellent attitude towards learning

2= Good attitude towards learning

3= Satisfactory attitude towards learning

4= Poor attitude towards learning

The Working at Grade (WAG) is the National Curriculum level which is assigned by the subject teacher, based on the student’s assessed work.

The end of year target level is calculated from the students' KS2 English and Maths test scores. For subjects other than English and Maths, an average has been taken of these two subjects to create a baseline. The target level is based upon the national expectation of a minimum of two sub-levels progress (eg 4c to 4a), per year, in each subject. Where KS2 information is not available, we use the data from Cognitive Abilities Tests and our first assessments to judge what the baseline should be. The target level is an aspirational end of year target, which includes personalised challenge and stretch for all students.

Years 7 and 8

Three times a year parents receive Learning Indicator Reports which show Progress (see below) and the Learning Indicator level. The first Learning Indicator report of the year also contains a general tutor comment. Annually parents will receive a full Progress Report, which also contains a comment from each subject teacher. This explains the progress that the student has made and gives targets for further improvement. Staff use the information to differentiate work in lesson, change seating plans, make suggestions for set changes and to track vulnerable students. As with Year 9, we have annual Progress Review Meetings with parents and students when they meet with subject teachers to discuss the progress which they have made and how parents can support their children to be successful.

As part of the United Learning group, it has made sense for us to draw on the expertise of the group as a whole. English and Mathematics assess students on a series of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure progress. Some key elements of this new system are:

  • KPIs and the new curriculum and assessment require a change in mindset towards what typical progress might look like.  Schools no longer report levels.
  • The curriculum is structured around achieving ‘mastery’ in key subject elements to be known as age related expectations.
  • You will be told whether your child has achieved or not achieved these age related expectations and the percentage achievement of these.
  • Yearly KPIs will not present a ceiling of achievement for the most able who will still be stretched to demonstrate mastery of the yearly KPIs and be challenged to go beyond age related expectations to those of the following year group.

Measures Explained

The Learning Indicator is a measure of the student’s attitude towards their learning. This is rated on a 1-4 scale. This includes: organisation (equipment, deadlines); participation and effort in class; and effort in the Independent Learning Projects (ILPs).

1= Excellent attitude towards learning

2= Good attitude towards learning

3= Satisfactory attitude towards learning

4= Poor attitude towards learning

Progress for each subject (except English and Mathematics) on the report will indicate whether your child is:

-          On target

-          Below target

-          Exceeding target.

This is based upon a flight path of expected progress from your child’s KS2 SATs score.

Separate KPI information sheet for English an Mathematics will indicate which KPI statements have been ‘achieved’, ‘partially achieved’ or ‘not achieved’ at each point within the year. The aim is that all students will have achieved all these age related expectations by the end of the academic year.

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