Key Stage 3

Assessment, Recording and Reporting

These guidelines aim to provide an overview of the school’s practice for assessment, recording and reporting the progress and attainment of students. At the same time, these overriding guidelines have been adapted by each individual faculty and subject in order to meet the differing requirements of assessment within each subject area. The policy will be updated in line with national changes and recommendations in these areas.

Background and Rationale

As of September 2015 the school made the decision to stop using National Curriculum Levels to assess students at Key Stage 3. The decision to remove levels was a welcome change and one that has allowed the school to re-think and re-focus the methodologies teachers use to mark, assess and report the progress of students. This has led to the development of our bespoke Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).

We have used the removal of levels to create an assessment system at KS3 that:

  • Is based on developing the key knowledge and skills and understanding required to access the rigorous GCSE specifications.
  • Is based on our high expectations of students.
  • Is simple and easy to understand – for staff, parents and students.
  • Enables pupils to demonstrate evidence of progression before they proceed to the next stage.

Key Stage Three (KS3)

Reporting to parents at KS3

Parent/carers will receive a progress report three times during the year. The report will show which step your child is on at the assessment point in each subject. You will be able to see from the report what progress has been made during the last term. You can also see the ‘work ethic’ grade given for the term. The ‘descriptors’for ‘work ethic’have been included in this booklet.

Sometimes your child will have progressed a full step, sometimes it may be that they are still developing in a particular step and are not yet ‘Secure’. Targeted support will be put in place if your daughter is not progressing through the steps as expected. You will also be able to see the ‘Mastery Test Scores’ for English, Maths & Science. The pass mark for a mastery test is 80% in Maths and Science. If your child does not achieve this they will be required to complete aspects of the step again. In English your daughter’s raw mark will be shown.

You will be able to see on each report if your child has moved onto the next step or stage. In addition, the content for every step is available in the appendix of  booklet so that you can support your daughter at home.

When students join us in Year 7, their Key Stage 2 assessment data in English and Maths will be used to assign them a ‘starting step’ based on their prior attainment. This starting step will give an indication of what they should then go on to achieve by the end of the year.  We will also use this data to see what their ‘expected progress’ will be by the end of Key Stage 4.

For Foundation Subjects (all other subjects) pupils will start their Key Stage 3 journey at the starting step Elementary 1.

We will also use baseline testing in each curriculum subject to support the step they are placed on at the start of each year.

Curriculum for Excellence: Term 1 Summary Report (Example)

 

Breakthrough

Stage

(English & Maths Only)

Elementary

Stage

Intermediate

Stage

 

STEP B1

E  D  S

STEP

B2

E  D  S

STEP E1

E  D  S

STEP

E2

E  D  S

STEP I1

 E D S

STEP I2

E D S

STEP I3

E D S

STEP I4

E D S

 

SCIENCE ONLY >

ADDITIONAL STEPS a b

E1a

EDS

E1b

EDS

E2a

EDS

E2b

EDS

I1a

EDS

I1b

EDS

I2a

EDS

I2b

EDS

I3a

EDS

I3b

EDS

I4a

EDS

I4b

EDS

 

Progress in each Step :     E= Emerging *           D=Developing *             S= Secure *

 

 

Pre-Secondary

Some pupils may begin with this stage

 

 

Y7  Pupils will inevitably progress through the       Y9 

                  steps at varying rates from Y7 through to Y9

 

 

Ready to begin GCSE

                                 

*Emerging, Developing or Secure in their knowledge, skills and understanding at this step

 Below: Current ‘Step’ progress and work ethic(Refer to Curriculum for Excellence Parent Guide)

 

Subject

End of Year Target ‘S’

 

Teacher Assessment of Progress

 

Teacher

Judgement of

Work Ethic

English Reading

E2

 

B2

Secure

 

2

English Writing

E2

 

B2

Developing

 

2

Maths

I1

 

E1

Secure

 

2

Science

I2

 

E2

Emerging

 

2

Art

I1

 

E1

Developing

 

1

Computing

I2

 

E2

Emerging

 

1

Dance

I2

 

E2

Developing

 

2

DT

I2

 

E2

Secure

 

2

Geography

I1

 

E1

Secure

 

1

German

I2

 

E2

Developing

 

1

History

I2

 

E2

Secure

 

2

Music

I1

 

E1

Developing

 

2

PE

I2

 

E2

Developing

 

2

RE

I2

 

E2

Emerging

 

1

Work Ethic Key – Refer to Curriculum for Excellence Parent Guide for greater detail

1

Exemplary behaviour, homework completed to a high standard and re-enforces learning with independent study.

2

Motivated & engaged with work, equipped for lessons and takes responsibility for homework.

3

Not always fully engaged with lessons, needs to act upon advice given to improve and homework is not always completed.

4

Poor behaviour & participation in lessons, failed to respond positively to advice given and homework not done unless directed and reminded.