Prior to the start of Coronavirus pandemic we began to make significant changes to the way we assess and report to pupils and parents. The outbreak of the virus and subsequent lockdown period have not deterred us in continuing to make the changes we felt were needed.

All pupils will receive a report based on a Tick (T), Line (L) or Cross (X) system.

In Years 10 and 11 this will continue to report on a pupil’s commitment to learning -

T = Working well

L = Areas for improvement

X = Cause for concern

Year 10 and 11 will also receive progress updates on the grades that they have been awarded in unit / termly assessments. These grades will be recorded using the GCSE 9-1 or Vocational D*2 – P1 grades. These grades will demonstrate the progress each pupil is making towards their aspirational target grade.

In Years 7-9 this will be a progress indicator -

T = Working towards the top of the target band

L = Working towards the lower end of the target band

X= Likely to be below the target band

If a Line or Cross are reported then additional codes will suggest the areas that a pupil will be challenged and supported to improve in.


 

Assessment Changes to Y7, 8 and 9

We have made significant changes to our progress, assessment and reporting systems in the last two years. We will use the traditional format of the KS4 Tick (T), Line (L), Cross (X) system to report progress to parents in each subject. The use of the additional comments will guide parents to areas of concern in the way their child is performing. Common concerns may be home learning, effort, behaviour etc.

Parents will receive a TLX report three times in the year; early in the autumn term, before the planned parents’ evenings and a final progress report in the summer term. This system allows parents to be updated regularly on the progress their child is making and to set targets for improvements for the next assessment window if needed. Pupils can also be congratulated on their hard work and effort by recording a report with no X codes or comment codes.

The TLX system in KS3 is different to the way it is used for our older KS4 pupils.

From autumn Year 7 in English and Maths and for all subjects by the end of the year, we will share and report against the most likely statistical grade that each pupil is likely to attain by the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11).

Every year we use the Fischer Family Trust to set aspirational targets for individual subjects based on each pupil’s SAT scores (KS2), gender and month of birth. These targets are based on national data and therefore are only an indication of the grades your child is most likely to achieve. As your child moves through Key Stage 3 we will adjust the targets where we believe it is relevant to do so.

**Where SAT results are not available due to the pandemic we will use the results from baseline tests and CAT scores sat in the autumn term of Year 7 – These will enable us to produce a target grade which we will continue to refine.**

We believe that signposting the most likely outcome to pupils and parents enables us to have realistic and challenging aspirational targets that are achievable through consistent hard work and a dedicated approach to both class and home learning.

Staff will reinforce to pupils that the most likely grade is very much an estimate and that every year pupils often gain higher and lower GCSE outcomes than their target grades.

The percentage chance tables below indicate how likely a pupil is to achieve each grade 9-1 from a starting target of 4.

FFT EST

In the second table this is presented as accumulative total.

FFT EST2

These tables demonstrate that from the same starting target grade of 4 students do go on to gain the full range of available grades. Many make less than expected target and achieve grades 3,2, 1 and U. Many pupils do better than expected and achieve grades 5,6,7,8 and 9.

The most likely outcome is the grade 4. In this instance the initial target band will therefore be 4-5.We will use a band of two grades to provide a most likely outcome at the end of Year 11.

We will use a band of two grades to provide a most likely outcome at the end of Year 11.

Staff will then report at each assessment point whether they believe that the pupil progress is currently:

T = At the top of the target band

L = Towards the lower end of the target band

X = Likely to be below the target band

Unlike the KS4 reports the Tick, Line or Cross does not reflect the commitment to learning. Staff will indicate where classwork, behaviour, home learning etc are disappointing. This may be even where pupils are recording Ticks or Lines.

Where pupils are consistently achieving a Tick (T) it may be appropriate for them to have their target grade raised.

We would not look to reduce targets if a pupil is demonstrating poor levels of effort, classwork and/or home learning etc.

Pupils receiving an X with a lack of comments in the code columns of the report would indicate that the member of staff can see that effort and commitment is present but that the pupil is struggling with the level of challenge. In this instance it may be appropriate to reduce the target band.

We will remind pupils that the Line (L) progress descriptor is likely to be used more frequently than the Tick (T) descriptor. The Line denotes that a pupil is currently working towards their target band but is likely to have the potential to raise this further.

Looking at the comment codes that staff indicate on the report will be essential to determine if there are areas of focus to encourage your child to improve upon. Pupils will record unit test scores and assessment pieces in their books and planners and these we encourage parents to discuss these scores as pupils sit class tests throughout the term. Each year the parents’ evening is an essential meeting where staff will discuss and explain progress and attainment in detail.


 

Mocks and Assessments - Yr 10 & 11

We have planned to hold a series of class assessments for Year 11 in the two week period of 15th-26th November. We are currently awaiting further details from the government regarding the summer assessment of Year 11 pupils. We have spent time in study sessions providing students will the guidance and support they need to begin their revision programmes using the most effective strategies and practices.

Year 10 Summer Assessments

We intend to hold Year 10 summer assessments immediately before or after the Year 11 examination series.


 

Key Dates & Summary Information  

Year 11

Nov 4th – Year 11 Parents’ Evening – Remote

Mock Examinations – 15th – 26th  Nov

Dec 17th – Mock Results Day

Early Feb  – Written Report

Late March – Progress and Monitoring Report

 

Year 10

Nov - TLX monitoring report 1

Dec – Progress Report 1

Feb – Monitoirng Report 2

March – Progress Report 2

April 28th - Year 10 Parents' Evening - In School

May / June – Summer Assessments

Full written report issued in July 2022.

 

Year 9

Nov – Progress Report 1

Jan – Progress Report 2

Jan 18th – Parents’ Options Information Evening

Jan 27th – Parents’ Evening – In School

July – Progress Report 3 + form tutor comments.

 

Year 8

Dec – Progress Report 1

Feb – Progress Report 2

April 13th – Parents’ Evening – Remote

July – Progress Report 3 + form tutor comments

 

Year 7

Year 7 will receive their first report in the autumn term. It will indicate the start they have made to life at St Augustine’s.

Tick (T)        = Excellent start/ no concerns

Line (L)        = Expected start / may pinpoint small issues that pupils should try to resolve.

Cross (X)    = Cause for concern / reasons identified that pupils must seek to resolve.

Feb – Progress Report 2

March 3rd – Parents' Evening - Remote

July – Progress Report 3 + form tutor comments.