Yr7 & Yr8 Assessment Information
In June 2013, the government published a document for schools on ‘Assessing without Levels’, in which it was explained that the old system of Levels at Key Stage 3 would be abolished and not replaced. They said the following:
We believe this system is complicated and difficult to understand, especially for parents. It also encourages teachers to focus on a pupil’s current level, rather than consider more broadly what the pupil can actually do. Prescribing a single detailed approach to assessment does not fit with the curriculum freedoms we are giving schools. The new programmes of study set out what should be taught by the end of each key stage. We will give schools the freedom to develop a curriculum which is relevant to their pupils and enables them to meet these expectations.
At the Becket School, we agreed that levels weren’t very accurate and that they were potentially distracting from learning, it was feedback to the student and teacher that we actually wanted to improve and develop enabling students to act upon their learning and develop.
Our assessment focusses primarily on improving the learning of our students, and builds on the following overarching principles:
- A move towards identifying what a student can do well and what they need to do to progress further;
- A move towards regular assessment to ensure progress is being monitored frequently and gaps in learning are being addressed by both the teacher and student;
- A move towards charting progress relative to a student’s starting point and away from simply charting attainment e.g. Emma is exceeding what we expect of her at this stage in year 7;
- An end of year examination in Years 7 and 8 to produce summative data, and to prepare students for the challenging demands of the examinations required by the new GCSE and A Level courses;
To get this assessment of your child’s progress right, we need to do the following:
- Students’ Key Stage 2 data alongside internal baseline testing (CATS and tests in core subjects) will be used to organise students into a Learner Stage by identifying their starting point at KS3. The Learner Stages are Foundation, Developing, Secure, Advancing and Excellence. It is important to understand that this information will not anchor them in any one group, or limit the progress they are able to make. Their Learner Stage is subject to change on an annual basis given how well they progress. However from this, departments will be able to measure a student’s relative progress throughout the year.
- All subject areas have a clear understanding of what their students should know, understand and be able to do by the end of each topic to demonstrate good progress for their Learner Stage. The content, skills and understanding for each subject and topic can be viewed on the website by going to the subject and then clicking on the Yr7 Assessment tab. Also students will have a copy of what learning they need to develop within their exercise books.
- Every subject will have an assessment at the end of the topic/or term to track progress of the individual student and monitor their attainment.
- Each student will be monitored in terms of making progress that is relative to their starting point and therefore Learner Stage. This will be reported to students and parents throughout the year through our Progress Reports. There are four stages of progress:
- Exceeding working beyond their Learner Stage.
- Meeting working at their Learner Stage.
- Working towards working towards their Learner Stage.
- Underperforming working below expected Learner Stage.