Reporting and Assessment

Throughout the academic year, parents/carers and students receive progress reports providing a range of academic information about the student's current performance.

KEY STAGE 3

Charters' Key Stage 3 assessment model was introduced in response to the government’s decision to remove the requirement on schools to report using national curriculum levels.  It is now the responsibility of all secondary schools to put in place their own assessment system for Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9).

We have developed a system that is clear and understandable for parents/carers and students and has some coherence with the changes in examinations in Key Stage 4.

Year 7

Progress will be reported to parents/carers twice for the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and once for all other subjects.  This is to ensure that subject teachers have a good understanding of your child based on the learning completed through the year.

Year 8 and 9

Progress will be reported to parents three times each academic year for the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and twice for all other subjects. In Year 9 one of the most effective methods to identify students’ needs is to place them into a Horsforth Quadrant.

EXPLANATION OF THE KEY STAGE 3 ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

The aims of the model are as follows:

  • To help students, parents/carers, and teachers track and record a student’s progress across Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) in all subjects
  • To make a clear and distinct link between Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 performance

Students are set aspirational targets for all their subjects and work towards reaching their targets by the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 9). These targets are set according to key factors:

  • Key Stage 2 SATS performance in reading and Mathematics
  • Performance in each subject’s baseline test, held during the first term of their time at Charters
  • Performance throughout the first term, including the outcomes from the Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs) that they take during September of Year 7

Once a target is set, students will be placed on a ‘flight path’, against which progress will be measured.  It is anticipated that a student will make on average 1 grade of progress during each academic year.  However, we do understand that not all progress is linear and therefore peaks and troughs are expected. The Assessment Objectives (AOs) that teachers use when making their judgements about the grade that each student is achieving can be viewed by clicking on the link under Further Information.

ACADEMIC PREDICTION

The grade in this column indicates a professional prediction that teaching staff believe your child will achieve at the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 9).  The grade will also have a letter which is linked to a likelihood of your child achieving that grade.  The letters are explained below.

a Confident that the grade predicted will be achieved

b Should achieve the grade predicted

c At risk of falling to the grade below that predicted
 

ATTITUDE TO LEARNING

Alongside this, an Attitude to Learning Grade (1 = Outstanding, 2 = Good, 3 = Requires Improvement, 4 = Inadequate) will be awarded in three areas across all subjects based upon the student's Motivation, Organisation and Behaviour for Learning.  In core subjects an attitude to learning score for homework will also be awarded.

KEY STAGE 4

EXPLANATION OF THE KEY STAGE 4 ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

 

ACADEMIC PREDICTION

The grade in this column indicates a professional prediction that teaching staff believe your child will achieve at the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11).  The grade will also have a letter which is linked to a likelihood of your child achieving that grade.  The letters are explained below.

a Confident that the grade predicted will be achieved

b Should achieve the grade predicted

c At risk of falling to the grade below that predicted
 

ATTITUDE TO LEARNING

Your child’s Progress Report contains important information about their attitude to learning.  Allowing students to adopt a growth mind-set and not having limitations will encourage them to focus on the possibilities of what they can achieve with hard work, dedication and resilience.  The attitude to learning is a vital aspect in the development of your child and we would like you to make this a priority focus when receiving their progress report.