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Assessment, Attainment and Attitude to Learning

Assessment, Recording and Reporting

Assessments and Attitudes to Learning (ATL) are collected on a termly basis for KS3 and KS4 and will be posted home to parents/carers. Additionally, parents/carers will have the opportunity to attend an annual Parents’ Evening each year, and a Year 10/11 Information Evening in the autumn term.

Attitudes to Learning (ATL) will be recorded in the Student Planner. Parents / Carers will also receive an annual Progress Report, where subject teachers and form tutors will provide a written account of student progress and achievement, including advice on how to improve. 

Year 7 & 8 - Assessment without levels (AWL)

The main focus of AWL is the recording the mastery of the content covered by students at appropriate times. It will indicate how students are responding to what is being taught. Teachers will assess the students against the ‘Learning Objectives’ (LOs) using the terms:

  • Mastering
  • Securing
  • Developing
  • Emerging.

Teachers will monitor and track student progress in lessons giving regular feedback. Students will have internal progress tests once per year.

Year 9, 10 & 11 - Attainment Grades / Levels

An attainment grade/level (including sublevel) is what the student is currently working at. This is based on a variety of assessment, including classwork, homework and formal assessment. Students will have internal progress examinations once per year.

Estimated Grades (KS4 only)

The estimated grade is what the subject teacher believes the student will achieve at the end of Key Stage 4 (final GCSE/BTEC grade) based on current attitude to learning and performance. It takes into account any marks from practice examinations / tests; coursework / Controlled Assessment, as well as classwork and homework.

Target Grades/Levels

Target grades are based on a student’s prior performance at Key Stage 2. A student’s target grade is the minimum expectation by the end of the KS4.

Attitude to Learning

Attitude to Learning scores ensure that all parties can work together to recognise achievement, as well as providing specific information if a student requires additional support.

Attitude to Learning Scores:

1. Outstanding Attitude to Learning (over and above)
2. Positive Attitude to Learning (the majority of students)
3. Cause for concern (the main specific area which is hindering progress - code provided)

Codes: teacher provides one code to highlight the main cause for concern, 
i.e. P – punctuality; A – attendance; H – homework; CW – coursework / Controlled Assessment; 
C – classwork; O – organisation

For further information or advice regarding achievement and progress, please contact your child’s Form Tutor or the relevant subject teacher.