KS3 Assessment & Monitoring

The whole content of this web-page can be downloaded via the following link – KS3 Assessment & Monitoring Parent Handbook

For more information relating to our curriculum please visit this page – Curriculum Plan

Contents

  1. Assessment of Progress
    1. Providing support at home
  2. Reporting of Progress
    1. What will you see in an “Assessment & Monitoring Report”?
    2. What does the “Working to Achieve (W2A) At Least” grade mean and where has it come from?
    3. What do the “+” and “-” symbols mean in a W2A grade (and PPG)?
    4. What is “Intervention”?
    5. What will an “Assessment & Monitoring Report” look like?
  3. Key Assessment & Monitoring Dates for the 2016/17 Academic Year
  4. Subject Specific Assessment Information Sheets
  5. Assessment & Monitoring Additional Information

Assessment of Progress

During the course of your child’s time in Key Stage 3 (KS3) at Tytherington School, their progress will be assessed in two ways:

  • Formative Assessment – including assessment of work done in class and for homework throughout the course of the year; leading to written and verbal feedback to support progress of learning.
  • Summative Assessment – carried out in a more formal manner during our KS3 Assessment Windows in December and June, including examinations for core subjects that will take place in the Main Hall and other examination venues in order to help prepare your child for what lies ahead in Key Stage 4 (KS4). The results of the summative assessment provide a clear indication of progress of learning and will be reported to parents in the Assessment & Monitoring Reports that follow the Assessment Windows (please see “Reporting of Progress” below for further details of this).

The specific dates of the Assessment Windows can be found with the release dates of Assessment & Monitoring Reports and those of Parents’ Evenings in the “Key Assessment & Monitoring Dates for the 2016/17 Academic Year” section below.

Providing Support at Home

With your child learning from every experience that they have, in and out of school, there are many ways in which you can provide support at home. The following are some general tips:

  • Listen, talk, and encourage – this can have a big influence on children’s learning.
  • Encourage your child to talk to you about their learning, what learning is happening at school and do what you can at home to build on that – ask them questions like, “What topic did you cover in <subject> today?”, “What do you think about…?” or, “How does that effect…?”.
  • Talk to your child about their strengths and interests and how they are progressing.
  • Encourage your child to talk to you about their next steps in learning and find out how you can work with the school to support this.
  • Talk to your child about how they are feeling.
  • Ask for help if you think your child needs it for any reason.
  • Praise your child if he/she is working hard at something or has achieved something within or out of school.
  • Encourage any reading – could be through providing material, reading together and letting them see you read.
  • Look for opportunities at home to develop literacy and numeracy skills: money, number problems, time, measuring, matching, size, reading, writing, understanding instructions, questioning information.
  • Encourage your child to take part in activities, for example hobbies or clubs which will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills.
  • Help them work on tasks on their own and then talk about it with you afterwards.
  • Do things together where appropriate – learn together, for example if your child has a project or task to do, take an interest and discuss with them what they are doing or offer support if this is needed.
  • Work together with the school by taking part in discussions about your child’s learning and progress, for example at parents’ evenings.

Reporting of Progress

During the course of your child’s time in KS3 at Tytherington School, they will receive two Assessment & Monitoring Reports in each year that, combined with a Parents’ Evening, provide them and their parents/carers with insight into the progress that they are making. The Assessment & Monitoring Reports are intended to be useful to spark discussion between you and your child, allowing you to take the opportunity to support your child in taking their next steps and developing further.

What will you see in an “Assessment & Monitoring Report”?

When Assessment & Monitoring Reports are sent home with your child, you will be able to see the following information:

  • Attendance – Your child’s attendance percentage for the year so far, to the date that the report is printed, and how it compares to the school target.
    It is widely acknowledged that attendance has a direct impact upon achievement, success and welfare. Strong evidence shows that where any individual child’s attendance percentage is below 96% it will have a detrimental effect on their achievement, becoming increasingly damaging as their attendance percentage becomes lower. Please see our “Attendance & Absence” web-page on the school website for further information.
  • Achievement & Behaviour Points – The achievement and behaviour points that your child has accrued, to the date that the report is printed, and how their figures compare with the averages of each in the school. The higher the achievement points, and the lower the behaviour points, the better.
  • Subject Progress & Achievements – Within a table that lists the subjects that your child is studying will be details of:
    • Teacher Initials – The timetable initials of the teacher that your child is being taught by.
    • Working to Achieve (W2A) At Least – The grade that your child is working to achieve or exceed at the end of KS4.
    • Assessment & Monitoring Windows – Providing the following details after each of the Assessment Windows described above:
      • Professionally Predicted Grade (PPG) – The teacher’s judgement of what your child is likely to get at the end of KS4, based on what is known about them from assessment of their work and their effort and attitude.
      • Progress to Date (P2D) – Provides a clear indication of the progress being made by your child towards the W2A grade.
      • Assessment % (Tier) – Gives the percentage that your child has achieved in their formal assessment within the Assessment Window and, where applicable, the tier of the assessment (Mathematics and Science only).
      • Average % of Year Group – Gives the average percentage of all students that took the same assessment (including tier).
      • Attitude to Learning (A2L) – Provides an indication of your child’s attitude to learning based upon their:
        • Lesson Attendance – Being in lessons in order to take advantage of the learning opportunity.
        • Punctuality – Being at lessons on time.
        • Readiness – Being equipped, uniform smart and ready to learn.
        • Engagement – Being engaged properly in learning activities and making the most of them.
        • Homework & Deadlines – Completing homework to a good standard and meeting deadlines for pieces of work that have been set.
What does the “Working to Achieve (W2A) at Least” grade mean and where has it come from?

Where an “FFT estimate” is available for your child (please see below) we use that as a starting point for the W2A grade. We then consider the results of the Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT) that Year 7 children take at the start of the academic year, combined with the knowledge that we gain from working with them in order to set and confirm a “Working to Achieve (W2A) At Least” grade.

As the full name suggests, the W2A grade is one that children are working to achieve “at least” as part of their aspirations for their future; providing them with a set of results that open doors for them as they complete KS4 and move on to Post-16 education and training.

What is an “FFT estimate”?

An FFT estimate is simply a starting point for estimating what grade a pupil might attain at the end of KS4. The FFT estimates are provided to schools by FFT Aspire (linked to the Fischer Family Trust) who process national data for the Government, including school census, national assessment, test and exam information.

What happens if an “FFT estimate” is not available for a child?

Sometimes children do not receive an FFT estimate. This is normally owing to not being educated in England during Key Stage 2, or having been in private education during that time.Where a child has not received an FFT estimate, Tytherington School will use the results of CAT testing, combined with the knowledge that we gain from working with them in order to set and confirm a W2A grade.

What do the “+” and “-” symbols mean in a W2A Grade (and PPG)?

Where a “+” or a “-“ symbol appears, it reflects the level of probability in achieving the grade. Tytherington School uses these symbols in order to more accurately assess and indicate the progress that your child is making, and inform decisions about intervention work to support them.

The following table uses the grade 5 in the 1-9 scale to explain the “+” and “-“ symbols:

Grade Descriptor
5+ Your child is firmly expected to achieve a grade 5 and may make a grade 6 if tier entry allows and some intervention is put in place.
5 Your child is expected to achieve a grade 5 but may require some support to ensure this is the case.
5- Your child is on for a grade 5 but is very borderline, i.e. close to a grade 4. Intervention is required to ensure a grade 5 outcome.
What is “Intervention”?

Intervention work refers to any work done with a child that is outside of normal lesson time and could include:

  • Support from their family to:
    • Do additional reading around the subject;
    • Do further practice and independent work;
    • Go on a visit to a location to give further context to learning (e.g. a museum).
    • Please also see the “Providing support at home” section above.
  • Attendance to “Homework Club”.
  • Participating in the Accelerated Reader Programme or Advanced Learner Programme.
  • Attendance to and involvement in “Extra Support” sessions.
  • Peer mentoring that is coordinated by a core subject.
What will an “Assessment & Monitoring Report” look like?

Our “Assessment & Monitoring Report” will provide the details explained in the “What will you see in an “Assessment & Monitoring Report”?” above, displayed in the following way:

Monitoring Report Example

Key Assessment & Monitoring Dates for the 2016/17 Academic Year

Assessment/Monitoring Event Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Initial “Settling In” Monitoring Report[1] 04/11/16 n/a n/a
Assessment Window 1 Weeks Beginning 05/12/16 and 12/12/16
Assessment & Monitoring Report 1 13/01/17 27/01/17 20/01/17
Parents’ Evening 19/01/17 02/02/17 26/01/17
Assessment Window 2 Weeks Beginning 05/06/17 and 12/06/17
Assessment & Monitoring Report 2 30/06/17 07/07/17 14/07/17

[1] The initial “Settling In” report provides you with insight into your child’s attitude and approach to learning since starting at Tytherington School and is unique to Year 7 children.

Subject Specific Assessment Information Sheets

The following table allows you to download subject specific information sheets that provide you with details of topics that will be covered and the summative and formative ways through which your child’s progress will be assessed:

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English Download Information Sheet Download Information Sheet Download Information Sheet
Mathematics Download KS3 Information Sheet
Science  Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet  Year 9 Science is assessed through the AQA GCSE specification
Geography Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet Download Information Sheet
History  Download Information Sheet Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet
French Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet
German & Spanish  Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet
Computing  Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet
Design Technology Download Information Sheet Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet
Philosophy  Download Information Sheet Download Information Sheet  Download Information Sheet
Physical Education Download KS3 Information Sheet

Assessment & Monitoring Additional Information

The following links allow you to download any additional information about assessment and monitoring that has been published through letters:

Letter Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Assessment Window 1 Letter from 21/11/16 Download Letter & Timetable Download Letter & Timetable Download Letter & Timetable
Assessment Window 1 Update Letter from 16/12/16 Download Letter Download Letter Download Letter
Assessment Window 2 Letter from 22/05/17 Download Letter & Timetable Download Letter & Timetable Download Letter & Timetable

From Assessment Window 2 in the 2016/17 academic year, a full set of KS3 Assessment Timetables can be downloaded through the following links:

Assessment & Monitoring Window Link to Download
Full Timetables of the 2016/17 Assessment Window 2 Download Full Set of KS3 Assessment Timetables

The following links allow you to access further detail about assessment and monitoring windows, including the average performance of each year group in each assessment window and the percentage boundaries of performance quintiles:

Assessment & Monitoring Window Link to Details
Details of the 2016/17 Assessment Window 1 Click Here to Access
Details of the 2016/17 Assessment Window 2 TBC after Assessment Window 2 is Complete