Assessment and Reporting
You may be aware that the DfE have discontinued the use of national curriculum levels when reporting on performance of pupils in Key Stages 1 to 3. Pupils at the end of primary school (KS2) are no longer being awarded a level in English and Maths. Instead, they are being given a score to indicate their performance in relation to national standards, with 100 indicating that they have reached the national standard.
The reason the DfE decided to discontinue the use of levels is because they want schools to focus on the knowledge and skills a pupil has mastered.
Schools have therefore been adapting their reporting systems to mirror these changes. There is no recommended approach – schools are free to select the most appropriate system for them.
Parents of pupils at the Marlborough C of E School will continue to receive three reports per year (for most year groups), and there will be both a Form Tutor and Subject Teacher Evening at which you can discuss your son/daughter’s progress.
Key Stage 3
For pupils in KS3, the main focus of the first report will be ‘Ready to Learn’.
It is very important for future success that pupils are able to demonstrate that they are well prepared for their lessons, attentive in class and complete the homework necessary to support their studies. The Ready to Learn report will give an indication of the study habits demonstrated to date.
You will have an opportunity to discuss any other concerns with your son/daughter’s form tutor.
You son/daughter will undertake tests in each subject twice a year (mid-year/end-of-year) to check their academic progress. After each test a Personal Learning Checklist (PLC) will be completed, indicating their performance on the knowledge and skills demonstrated in the test. This will be found in their exercise book or work folder. The pupil’s performance will be recorded on the report as a percentage score. In addition, you will be given information on their relative performance within the year group.
One of the reports will contain teacher comments.
Key Stage 4
In addition to giving information on ‘Ready to Learn’, you will be notified of a ‘Working at Grade’. This represents the grade (or grade range) that the pupil is currently demonstrating in class. However, it relates only to the work studied to date, and consequently may vary depending upon the level of difficulty of the section of the syllabus being taught.
For pupils in Year 10 who are using the newly-introduced numbers, this will be in the form of a range, as it is not possible at this very early stage of the new courses to give a definitive grade.
As you will be aware, new GCSE syllabuses have been commenced for most subjects in Year 10 (except for English and Maths).
All new GCSEs will be graded on a 9 – 1 scale, rather than A* – G.
Key Stage 5
Pupils in Year 12 are, in most cases, commencing a two-year course. In addition to the ‘Ready to Learn’ grades, a Challenge Grade is recorded. This represents the performance of the top 25% of pupils with the same GCSE profile, and is the grade that the pupil should aspire to achieve by the end of the course.