KS3 is an extremely important time in the development of children both academically and pastorally. There are many changes for students and parents alike: the process of transition from primary school, their growth as socially responsible young people, and the laying of foundations for academic success at KS4 to name but a few.
With the removal of National Curriculum Levels; we have taken the opportunity to design a new reporting system that we feel provides greater clarity and further detail to the previous system.
At KS3, students will receive 3 progress reports per year, one per term. These reports contain information regarding academic progress, attitude to learning, concerns and attendance.
They will also sit formal exams in English, maths and science in January and Ebacc Subjects in May. These scores are reported formally, along with the average score and top 10% score in the year group, for each subject.
The greatest change relates to the grading and the progress tracking system itself. In designing a new system we wanted to develop one with four main principles. We wanted a system that is:
- simple to understand
- allows teachers to make accurate and meaningful judgements about progress
- sets the expectation that students should make at least good progress compared to the national picture
- clearly shows when students are not on track to meet their target
Students have one of four targets, set separately for each subject: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. On each progress report they receive and an emerging grade, for each subject, informing them of the grade they are on track to achieve by the end of the year.
Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, however, we are keen to improve the system further and appreciate any further feedback you may have.
Links have been provided with a sample report, exam score report and a detailed PowerPoint explaining the new grading and reporting system.