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Student Progress and Assessment Information

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We are committed to ensuring we develop systems that mean you are kept well up to date with your child’s progress and learning in school, across all of their subjects. Another development priority for us is looking at the way we assess students - not just when and how but also how we prepare them so they feel confident about sitting tests. At the start of the year all EBACC subjects (English Literature and Language, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages) started to deliver the TKAT Common Assessment Framework which aims to:

  • promote a common and consistent language across the trust
  • provide early indicators of Key Stage 4 performance
  • Identify early intervention and support needed

Students are given a target grade that is tracked from Year 7-11 and each report indicates whether your child is on track to meet their target by the end of Year 11 - this is referred to as their ‘flightpath’. The target grade is based on your child’s attainment at the end of Year 6, triangulated with the outcomes of testing when they arrive at Welling and national performance data. We then use this in conjunction with a national data model, used by the majority of schools, to decide a target which is realistic but supports appropriate challenges and growth.

Each data collection is submitted to the TKAT assessment team where they analyse the distribution of grades across all schools in the Trust to create the grade boundaries. Once the grade boundaries are returned to schools they upload an ‘on track grade’ for each student. The definition of the categories can be found on your child’s school report.

The target is determined and tracked in the following way:

  • students have a flight path based on a Key Stage 2 SATs or their CATs Scores
  • The TKAT curriculum is delivered in lessons
  • short termly tests provide an ‘on track’ grade  the ‘on track’ grade is compared to the student’s individual flight path

Option subjects have a sequenced curriculum, a flight path and an ‘on track’ grade but do not follow the Common Assessment Framework. Departments have planned their assessments in relation to the sequencing of their curriculum. In many cases colleagues across the Trust have met as subject network groups in order to share good practice.

All subjects' curricula, the topics your child is currently learning along with assessment information is available on our website.

Parents' Evening and Reports

Parents’ Evening and Reports Parents will receive two reports during the academic year during the Spring and Summer Terms. On the report parents will be reminded of what each colour represents. The cumulative nature of the report will enable you to see your child’s progress over time.

 A face to face parents’ evening will take place for each year group once a year where you will meet your child’s subject teachers. This academic year we have been able to hold face to face events with Year 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13. Those year groups who have not had a face to face parents’ evening will be prioritised early in the new academic year.

Summer Term 2022 Assessments

All students in Year 7-9 will have end of term in class assessments to allow teachers to track and monitor their progress and Year 10 will have their first Pre Public Examinations (PPEs) otherwise known as their mock examinations.

Year 7-9 assessments will take place after the May half term as the data deadline to return the English, Maths, History, Geography and MFL results to the Trust is Friday 1 July.

Year 10 and 12 PPEs will take place in the Sports Hall under JCQ exam conditions (replicating the Year 11 experience) from Monday 20 June to Friday 8 July. Outcomes will be moderated and standardised across the Trust to ensure the data is accurate.

I have attached the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 topics being studied and/or revised in preparation for your child’s end of year assessment to enable you to have more informed conversations about your child’s learning. When preparing for their assessment this is what they should focus their revision on.

School Bags

I would like to take the opportunity to stress the importance of a school bag for your child. As we return to more consistent face to face teaching and learning it will be important for your child to take their books home. This will support them in completing homework tasks and in your conversations about their learning experience. It is essential that your child has an appropriate school bag to be able to take responsibility for their school books.

If you have any questions related to your child’s progress and attainment please email progress@wellingschool-tkat.org

Yours faithfully,

Miss J Sangster

DEPUTY HEADTEACHER