Explaining how child could achieve more
We have changed assessment and reporting twice this year, the second time in response to feedback to the first reports. With the introduction of Key Performance Indicators in English and Mathematics (with other subjects to follow for September), we will take time to refine our reporting and educate parents about what the assessment means, as was needed with National Curriculum levels when they were introduced. The benefits of this new KPI system though is the clarity it brings about what a child can and cannot do. This enables teachers and parents to be precise about what areas a child needs to develop and generates personalised targets.
As other subjects, including Science, History and Geography, move from levels to this approach in September, we will again be reviewing our reporting. We are mindful always of the need to provide clear and useful information which can help you to support your child/ren.
Along with all schools nationally, we are mindful of the importance of standardising our results and comparing them with those of children from similar starting points so we can measure progress. For this reason, we have been using the United Learning tests for English and Mathematics this year and are holding formal examinations using papers prepared by AQA, along with other United Learning schools, in Summer 2. The results of these will provide us with these important progress comparisons. Our Year 9 Science students are also taking part in an AQA pilot examination which measures their Science skills and preparedness for GCSE, so we look forward to those findings which will provide us with valuable information for GCSE planning.