Assessment, Recording & Reporting

The partnership between school and parents is vital in ensuring maximum progress for all students. Student progress is regularly assessed by classroom teachers and is reported to parents at three points each academic year. In addition parents are invited to attend one parent consultation evening each year to discuss the progress of their child.

Assessment takes many forms, and is an ongoing process involving task setting, completion, feedback and evaluation. Teachers assess classwork, homework, verbal responses and examination style assessments throughout the year. Teachers will use this information to provide parents with a Likely to Achieve grade (LtA); this is the grade that, based on the evidence available at the time, teachers feel a student is likely to achieve in the final summative assessment: GCSE for Years 7-11 and A-level/BTEC for Years 12-13.

Learning is not a linear process, and there will be times when students make more or less progress depending on a wide variety of factors. Therefore, the LtA for any subject may fluctuate through a student’s time at John Colet School. The most important consideration for parents is how the LtA compares to your child’s aspirational target grade. If the two grades are very similar your child is making good progress in that subject. If the LtA is significantly lower than the target grade then teachers and school leaders will ensure suitable support is in place to help your child close the gap.

Each report will also highlight a student’s Attitude to Learning (ATL) as either exceptional, good, inconsistent or unacceptable - these will be colour coded - green, yellow, amber and red. Should an inconsistent or unacceptable ATL be identified teachers will work with parents to support students to be ready to learn. As parents the greatest contribution you can make to ensure your child thrives at school is by supporting them to have an excellent attitude to their learning and complete all homework.

Understanding Progress Reports
Progress reports will be issued at the end of term for every year group. These reports will include information about current levels of progress and also students’ attitude to learning. The final report of the academic year for Year 7 - 10 and Year 12 will include information about the performance on End of Year Exams and also a comment from the form tutor of a student. For Year 11 and Year 13 the form tutor comment will be issued earlier in the year.

Key Stage 3 Reports

At Key Stage 3 student progress will be measured in comparison to their target grade. For each subject a student may be:

  • Exceeding Expectations - With current level of progress the students is Likely to Achieve above their target grade.
  • Meeting Expectations - With current level of progress the student is Likely to Achieve their target grade.
  • Below Expectations - With current level of progress the students is Likely to Achieve below their target grade.

It is important to remember that student progress in a subject may change over the course of a year as new material is covered, students develop their skills and exam techniques and due to a very many external factors.

An example for the format of a Key Stage 3 termly progress report is given below.

Example Key Stage 3 Report

Key Stage 4 Reports

At Key Stage 4, the Likely to Achieve Grade will be published on the report. Parents should compare this to the target grade for a particular subject. If the LtA is above or the same as the target grade then students are making good progress. If the LtA is significantly below the target grade then the student is not making sufficient progress in this subject at the this time.

It is important to remember that student progress in a subject may change over the course of a year as new material is covered, students develop their skills and exam techniques and due to a very many external factors.

An example for the format of a Key Stage 4 termly progress report is given below.

Example Key Stage 4 Report

 

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