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Secondary Curriculum

Assessment in the Secondary Phase 2016-2017

Following the changes to the National Curriculum (September 2014) there is no longer a requirement for schools to report assessments using National Curriculum levels.  After a rigorous and detailed assessment process The Priory Witham Academy devised a system of Learning Bands (1 – 7) and Steps (Within, Secure and Confident) to enable the progress and attainment of Key Stage 3 students to be closely monitored and the necessary steps to ensure rapid and sustained improvement can be taken in a decisive and timely manner.

This process has allowed the Priory Witham Academy to thoroughly revise its Key Stage 3 Curriculum, ensuring that the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for success in Key Stage 4 are effectively and successful developed.  Stretch and challenge has been a key focus, ensuring that the teaching and learning in Key Stage 3 thoroughly prepares students for the rigour of the new linear GCSE examinations.

The Priory Witham Academy Assessment Framework ensures that:

  • Key skills have been identified: these are linked to the relevant Assessment Objectives taught at GCSE level.
  • SPAG Assessment Objectives are common across all subjects.
  • Staff have identified the GCSE ready point and ensures that teaching and learning is driven towards this during Years 7 – 9.

The framework incorporates stretch and challenge to prepare for additional rigour of terminal exams and new GCSE specifications.

Target Setting Key Stage 3

Students will be assessed using the Priory Witham Academy Learning Bands and Steps.  Students are set targets based on 2 Steps progress per year, and 2 Learning Bands over the 3 year Key Stage.  For English and Maths the targets are based on the KS2 grade achieved, which is then converted to the equivalent Priory Witham Academy Learning Band and Step.  For all other subjects the KS3 targets are based on the moderated Year 7 baseline assessment which takes place during Module 1 of Year 7.

Target Setting Key Stage 4

For results 2016-2017

For this academic year the students and staff will continue to use GCSE grades U – A* and BTec grades U- Distinction* where this is the grade they will be awarded in 2017.  Students are set a numerical value as their target for English and Maths, in line with the grade they will receive in 2017.  Students are set targets based on a positive Progress 8 outcome.  This is known as the Witham Minimum Target.  A higher Aspirational target is also set.  English and Maths targets are based on the KS2 scores achieved which are converted to Fine Levels (to 2 decimal places) and then to an equivalent national curriculum level.  For all other subjects the KS4 target is based on the average of the English and Maths levels.

BTec Grade

 

 

L1P

(Pa)

L1P

(Pa)

Pa

(M)

Pa

(M)

Pa

(M)

Pa

(M)

Pa

(M)

Pa

(M)

M

(Di)

Di

(D*)

Di

(D*)

D*

(D*)

D*

(D*)

Non En / Ma GCSE Grade

 

E

E

D

D

D

C

C

C

B

A

A

A*

A*

English and Maths Value

 

2

2

3

3

3

4

4

5

6

7

7

8

8

KS2 level achieved

 

<L2

2c

2b

2a

3c

3b

3a

4c

4b

4a

5c

5b

5a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For results 2017-2018

For this academic year the students and staff will continue to use GCSE grades U – A* for Resistant Materials and BTec grades U- Distinction* where this is the grade they will be awarded in 2017.  Students are set a numerical value as their target for all other subjects, in line with the grade they will receive in 2017.  Students are set targets based on a positive Progress 8 outcome.  This is known as the Witham Minimum Target.  A higher Aspirational target is also set.  English and Maths targets are based on the KS2 scores achieved which are converted to Fine Levels (to 2 decimal places).  For all other subjects the KS4 target is based on the average of the English and Maths Fine Level.

Resistant Materials Target Grade

E (D)

D (C)

C (B)

B (A)

B (A)

A (A*)

A (A*)

A* (A**)

BTEC Target Grade

L1P (P)

P (P)

P (M)

M (D)

M (D)

D (D*)

D (D*)

D* (D*)

Target Grade

2 (3)

3 (4)

4 (5)

5 (6)

6 (7)

6 (7)

7 (8)

8 (9)

KS2 level

2.0 or less

2.5 - 3.4

3.5 - 4.1

4.2 - 4.6

4.7 - 4.8

4.9 - 5

5.1 - 5.5

5.6 - 5.8

Assessment

Key Stage 3

Assessment grades are awarded at the end of each term (3 times a year).  A Learning Band and Step (Within, Secure, Confident) will be awarded which will inform parents and students of the level that the child is currently working at. 

The attainment grade will be accompanied by an Attitude to Learning Grade which takes into account behaviour for learning, effort and commitment to the subject. 

Key Stage 4

Assessment grades and Attitude to Learning grades are awarded at the end of each module (6 times a year). The attainment grade will be a predicted grade: using their professional judgement, this is the grade that staff expect the student to achieve taking into account their attitude to learning, expected progress and any planned intervention and support.  Attainment grades will reflect the grade or numerical level that the child will receive on their examination certificate (letters or numbers). A + given alongside the grade indicates that the student is working at a level that is close to the examination grade boundary for the grade above.

Following a rigorous moderation process to ensure accuracy, Key Stage 3 and 4 grades are entered on to the Academy’s data management system, the data is analysed and the progress and attainment of learners is tracked on a whole subject, teaching group, individual and pupil group basis.