Key Stage 3 Reporting
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I interpret the report?
An overview of KS3 Levels
Students in Y7 and Y8 are being assessed using our new AGGS Levels. Levels are given a number, 1 (lowest) through to 8 (highest), with some subjects also recording exceptional performance (EP) awarded for outstanding attainment exceeding Level 8. Most students will start at level 1 at the start of Y7 and move through the scale during Key Stage 3. These numeric levels are further broken down by the letter c, b or a. The number refers to the level a pupil is working at according to criteria set out in each subject area. The letter refers to whether a pupil is;
– Moving into this level (c)
– Working solidly at this level (b)
– Moving out of this level towards the next level (a).
All students will complete baseline tests at the start of Y7 in each subject. This will determine their starting point and will define their target levels for each of Y7, 8 and 9. We are expecting students to make progress at a different rate to that of the â€˜old styleâ€™ NC levels, and as such, students will be expected to make 5 sub-levels of progress in each year of Key Stage 3.
For science and maths subjects, where the GCSE courses begin in Year 9, their assessments will appear as a GCSE grade equivalent.
What assessment is carried out at the start of KS3?
Students who enter the school at the start of KS3 are given a baseline test in each subject area. This is a test which is designed by each subject area to gauge the ability of the student in their subject, upon entry to the school. Further information about these tests can be accessed through the KS3 subject information pages opposite.
What information is included in the reports?
Autumn & Spring Term
Student progress is reported as a letter to indicate whether the students is making expected progress (E), below expected progress (B) or above expected progress (A). Students are also assigned an â€˜Attitude to Learningâ€™ grade on a 3 point scale, the definitions of which are below;
1 â€“ Engaged and motivated in lessons and displays a positive attitude to learning. 2 â€“ Occasionally off task with a lack of engagement at times. 3 â€“ A consistent lack of engagement and focus.
In some case, students may also find they have an â€˜Oâ€™ in the organization column of the report. This indicates that the subject teacher has raised a concern regarding the studentâ€™s organization. This might be a concern regarding homework, or regularly forgetting the correct equipment or PE kit.
During the spring term, you are invited to an evening meeting with subject teachers to discuss progress.
End of Year Report
A full written report on pupilsâ€™ progress for the year in each subject is available on SLG. This includes a comment from the form tutor. You will also receive an end of year attainment level for each subject. By comparing this with the baseline level which you received at the start of Year 7, you should be able to monitor progress throughout the Key Stage.
How do I monitor progress?
For subjects that are following the KS3 curriculum
For the autumn and spring terms, the report table will summarise, for each subject, the progress being made. Each subject carries out its own baseline assessment at the start of Year 7, and details of these can be found in the departmental pages of the curriculum booklet.
As the academic year progresses, the level achieved for each subject should generally increase through the sub-levels (c,b,a) outlined above.
At the end of the academic year, you will be provided with an End of Year Level for that particular subject which you can compare to the starting point.
For subjects that are following the KS4 (GCSE) curriculum
For subjects that have started their GCSE course, attainment will be reported as a grade. You will also be provided with a GCSE statistically expected grade. This is a GCSE prediction made from Key Stage 2 results. These predictions take into account the individual subjects and a number of other student factors and are provided for the school. The target is the minimum grade that we would expect the student to achieve in her GCSE examination in that particular subject.
As the academic year progresses, you would expect the grade to begin to reflect progress.
What happens if a pupil appears to be making no progress?
If the level or grade does not increase during the academic year, it could be that a new or different skill has been introduced and this may be the reason for progress appearing to be static. However, if the level continues to remain static for two reporting periods, it is likely that there may be cause for concern, signalling that further support is required. This may be provided in a number of ways and could be for a short period or longer term depending on the nature of the concern. Examples include:
- pupils requested to attend subject specific support sessions
- pupils required to attend homework club
- pupils assigned extra assistance from a teacher or Sixth Form mentor
- pupils placed on daily monitoring by Senior Tutor/Assistant Senior Tutor