Assessment and Reporting

Reporting Cycle
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9, 10)

 

Monitoring Point data home

Autumn term (2nd half)

Monitoring Point data and Form Tutor report home

Summer term (1st half)

Monitoring Point data home

Spring term (2nd half) / immediately after Easter

Year 11

 

Monitoring Point data home

Autumn term (2nd half)

Monitoring Point data and Form Tutor report home

Spring term (1st half)

Monitoring Point data home

Spring term (2nd half)

Year 12

 

Monitoring Point data home

Autumn term (2nd half)

Monitoring Point data home

Spring term (1st half)

Subject Reports home

Summer term (2nd half)

Year 13

 

Monitoring Point data home

Autumn term (2nd half)

Monitoring Point data home

Spring term (1st half) / immediately after the half term

Subject Reports home

Spring term (2nd half)

In addition to the above, each Year Group will also have a Parents’ Evening during the academic year.  These can be found on the calendar on the home page.

Guidance to Assessment

All work that students are required to carry out will be used to inform staff when making decisions relating to teaching groups and levels of entry for external and internal examinations. This will include work in lessons, homework, topic tests and end of year examinations.
Process

  • Students work will be marked in line with the school assessment policy and a green stamp may be used to indicate what was good as well as what needs to be improved.
  • Marking and feedback takes place on a regular basis, depending on the number of periods taught across individual subjects. 

Specific areas where department practice differs from whole school policy is listed below:

Subject

Homework Practice

Assessment Practice

Business and Economics

Key Stage 5
A level and BTEC externally assessed units – Students set work of approx. 50 minutes / week + silent study work
BTEC internally assessed units – background reading/activity sheets/research which leads towards assessment within coursework

Key Stage 4
BTEC internally assessed units – 30 minutes / 2 week cycle is set
BTEC externally assessed units – 30 minutes / 2 week cycle is set
GCSE Economics – 1 hour / 2 week cycle is set

Key Stage 4 – Internal Assessment
BTEC Business 3 coursework units over 2 years – 8 learning objectives assessed over two years. Students complete an average of one ‘summative assessment’ (assignment – consisting of approx. five tasks) every 9 weeks. Students are given the opportunity to resubmit where appropriate.

Key Stage 4 – Externally assessed units (BTEC Business) / themes (GCSE Economics)
Students are assessed at the end of each learning aim plus a mock exam.  Homework is assessed each cycle using the green stamp and students are given targets showing pathways for progression.

Key Stage 5 – Internally assessed units (BTEC Business)
Students are assessment in accordance with BTEC rules and are ‘summative assessment’ or Unit of approximately 10 - 12 tasks every 10 weeks minimum. In order for students to reach their target grade tasks need to be marked a minimum of twice. This works out on average at one ‘formative assessment’ of one task per week (assuming 11 periods a cycle with one teacher).

Key Stage 5 – Externally assessed units / themes (A Level Business Studies and A Level Economics and external BTEC units)
One ‘summative assessment’ or mock exam every 15 weeks minimum for each of the units/themes per year. Additional assessment would include a wide range of: peer, self-assessment, homework, private study, open book assessment, interim class assessments, mock exam questions, essays, multiple choice tests etc.

English Literature and Language

 

Key Stage 3 – books are marked regularly.  Appropriate grades and feedback is provided along with a relevant target.  Each half term a key assessment is completed linked to either reading or writing and relevant assessment objectives which are tracked.  This forms part of the end of year teacher assessment.

Key Stage 4 – Students receive regular assessment and updates on their progress.  Appropriate feedback and targets linked to GCSE assessment objectives are shared as we progress through the 2 year course.  As well as being valuable for students, it enables us to monitor progress and target our teaching to focus on examination strategies.  In addition, peer and self assessment also provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their progress.

Key Stage 5 - Students will receive regular feedback and assessment on both formal and informal assignments.  The two year courses require timed essays and coursework tasks.  Practice tasks will be undertaken at appropriate points during the course.  Peer and self assessment skills are also actively taught.

Mathematics

In general students will be set homework on a weekly basis by their mathematics teacher.

For Years 7, 8 and 9 the homework will usually alternate between:

  • work set on https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/  for this homework students will need to login in to the website and complete the work electronically.
  • a written piece of work which will generally be completed using appropriate written methods in student’s exercise books.  This work will normally be marked by the class teacher, but in some instances may be peer or self-assessed.

For Years 10 and 11 the homework will usually alternate between

  • work set on https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/  for this homework students will need to login in to the website and complete the work electronically.
  • a written piece of work which will generally be completed using appropriate written methods in student’s exercise books.  This work will normally be marked by the class teacher, but in some instances may be peer or self-assessed.

Please note as students approach the end of year examinations they will be asked to complete past papers for their homework which will be marked by a mixture of teacher and peer assessment.

For Years 12 and 13 homework will be set weekly by each class teacher and will be a mixture of past paper questions, completion of exercises and formal assignments.  Students not meeting the expected standards for these pieces of work will be asked to repeat them, to develop their understanding, lunchtime support is available for students who need help in these instances.

For Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 students will be asked to complete an assessment around October half term, Christmas and February half term.  In the last term of the year all students will complete a set of formal examinations.  These will be marked and students will be provided with feedback as quickly as possible.

Religious Education (Short Course)

Homework will consist of revision for assessments, learning key words and quotes.

There will be one exam style assessment at the end of each unit taught, this will be marked by the class teacher. 

Science

Key Stage 3 - Homework is usually set fortnightly by each member of staff teaching the groups (they all have 2 teachers) and this may consist of research, worksheets based on the work covered in lessons or past paper questions on topics covered.

Key Stage 4 - Homework is usually set fortnightly by each member of staff teaching the groups (they all have 2 teachers except triple who have 3 teachers) and this may consist of research, worksheets based on the work covered in lessons or past paper questions on topics covered.

Key Stage 5 - Past questions/papers are regularly completed either in class or as homework with these either being marked by teachers/peer assessment or self-assessment.

 

Key Stage 3 - Assessments are completed every topic in Year 7 and Year 8 and every two topics in Year 9.  A total of 10 summative assessments are completed in Year 7.  A total of 8 summative assessments are completed in Year 8.  A total of 5 summative assessments are completed in Year 9 up until Christmas.

In addition, at least 2 other assessments are usually set every topic, such as homework marking, peer assessment, going over tests and practising extra questions.

At the end of Year 7 and Year 8 students complete an end of year exam which is based on the topics completed to that point in the year. In Year 9 after Christmas, students complete an end of Key Stage 3 exam based on work completed in all years and after that point they begin to follow the Key Stage 4 curriculum as detailed below.

Key Stage 4 –Students choose to follow a course in either Combined Science or Single Science with assessments completed for every topic.

  • Biology- There are a total of 7 summative tests completed.
  • Chemistry- There are a total of 10 summative tests completed.
  • Physics- There are a total of 8 summative tests completed.

 

Students also complete exams at the end of Year 10 and have mock exams in Year 11.

Tests / mocks aim to be marked within a week.

Key Stage 5 - Feedback is given on each piece of homework which is usually set weekly/fortnightly by each teacher depending on the length set. These are either marked by the teacher or through peer/self-assessment.  There are a minimum of 2 progress assessments per topic and at least one mock exam at the end of the topics.

Vocational Subjects

 

All BTEC subjects are made of a combination of internally and externally assessed units.

For externally assessed units, students will complete a formative assessment usually every fortnight and summative assessment every half term, with the opportunity for reflection as in line with whole school policy.  The exact timings/nature of formative and summative assessment will depend on the course structure decided by subjects in any given year.

For internally assessed units, students will undertake some preparation tasks which will be assessed by their teacher as appropriate.  For the unit assessment(s) students will be issued an assignment brief which details the tasks and deadlines.  When the work is submitted it will be marked by the teacher using a summative Assessment Record sheet within 10 working days, an appropriate sample of work will be internally verified by the relevant department within 10 working day before feedback is given to students.  Students may be given the opportunity to resubmit their work (with 15 working days), provided;

  • They have met the initial deadlines
  • Their teacher believes the student can improve their work without further guidance
  • The initial work was submitted with a signed-and-dated declaration of learner authenticity by the student

Your child’s work will be moderated within subject areas at least three times a year, before a level/grade is given into a central data system.  This level/grade will be reported to parents. Students will also complete an end of year exam for each subject in the summer term.

From the central database Senior and Middle Managers will review performance of students. Should underperformance be identified the students’ Head of Year and Head of Faculty will make a decision regarding the correct approach to support your child.