Somervale School

Keystage 4 Assessment

How will we assess you at KS4?

  • New GCSE grades will now be used in KS4 to report your attainment.

  • These GCSE grades will now be in the form of 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 & 1, with 9 as the highest grade, and a 5 equivalent to a high C.

  • We will use the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, & ‘c’ to further divide these number grades, with ‘a’ showing you are at the ‘top end’ of the grade, ‘b’ showing you are in the ‘middle’ of the grade, and ‘c’ showing you are at the ‘lower end’ of the grade.

  • The ‘old style’ GCSE grades of A*to G will no longer be used in any exams, apart from RM GCSE and Business GCSE. The BTEC grades will remain.

 

The table below shows you how the new GCSE grades compare to old GCSE grades, or KS3 levels.

Target setting

A target will be set for the end of Y11. We will use their previous progress and the professional judgement of the teacher to set this.

 

Your PROGRESS will be reported using the following terms:

T+ = Above expected progress is being made to achieve their Year 11 Target
T = Making expected progress to achieve their Year 11 target
T- = Below expected progress is being made to achieve their Year 11 Target

 

Your ATTAINMENT will be reported in the following ways:

 

A Most Likely grade will be given.

The Most Likely grade DOESN’T show what you are achieving now. Instead, it shows what we feel you can achieve if you continue to make this level of progress. This will take into account the full range of activities you cover in that subject.

 

A Most Recent Assessment grade (MRA) will be given.

The MRA will show what grade you have achieved in the latest assessment. It won’t show how you are doing over-all. The ‘Most Likely’ grade will do this. For this reason, the MRA may well move up and down as you tackle differ-ent parts of the course, whereas the ‘Most Likely’ will stay fairly similar.

 

An End of Y10 exam / Y11 mock grade will be given

Exams will take place throughout the year, depending on the needs of individual subjects, and particularly if you are taking BTEC qualifications. However, all GCSEs will have an End Of Year exam in June of Y10, and a further Mock in December of Y11. Further Mocks in Y11 will occur for English and Maths.
If you fail an exam or a mock, or have hugely underachieved compared to your target, then you will be expected to retake the mock / exam.

Ks 4 Assessment and Reporting

GCSEs are changing. The way they are graded is also changing. Over the next three years, the old grades of A* - G will be changing to the grades 9-1

 

The old and new grades do not match exactly. However, there are certain points that do match:

  • The grade  bottom of a grade A is the same as a grade 7

  • The grade bottom of a C is the same as a grade 4

  • The grade G is the same as a grade 1

We will use the letters a, b and c to help show whether a student is at the top or lower end of the grade.

For example:

7a = confident  grade 7, at top end and working towards a grade 8

7b = secure grade 7

7c = insecure grade 7, lower end and at risk of achieving a grade 6 instead.

 

Which subjects will use these grades?

Not all subjects will change their grades at the same time. This is because the Department for Education have staggered the release of the new GCSEs. The following subjects will change their grades to the 9 -1:

 

Y11: in September 2016

· Only English Language, English Literature and Maths will use the 9-1 grades.

· All other subjects will remain with A*-G

 

Y10: in September 2016

· Nearly all subjects will now use the 9-1 grade.

· Only Business and Technology GCSE will remain with the A*-G.

 

By the time students start their GCSEs in 2017, they will have all of their grades recorded as 9-1.

 

What do these changes in grade mean ?

The department for education will now be recording a Grade 5 as a ‘good pass’, which is meant to be more in line with international standards.  This is equivalent to between a C+ and a B-.

 

The same number of students who normally achieve a Grade C or above nationally, will still achieve a  Grade 4 or above nationally. The same number of students who would achieve a Grade A nationally, will still receive a Grade 7 nationally. Therefore, students shouldn’t be affected by moving to a new GCSE or grading system.

What information will you receive in your reports home?

You will receive a Progress report 3 times a year. This will include the following data:

  • Their most recent assessment, recorded as a GCSE grade

  • Their Most Likely Grade, based on the attainment they have made so far, and their effort and behaviour.

  • Their target.

  • Whether they are making EXPECTED PROGRESS or not. This will be through one of the following phrases:

  • Above expected progress is being made to achieve their Year 11 Target

  • Making expected progress to achieve their Year 11 target

  • Below expected progress is being made to achieve their Year 11 Target

 

What will be written in the Report?

The final Progress Report will be a Full school report, which will include the results of the End of Year Exam, their Most Likely Grade, their Target, and whether they are making EXPECTED PROGRESS or not.

 

You will also be told about how your child is getting on in general.

 

This will be broken down into two main sections:

  1. WWW—What went well. This will explain what your child is succeeding at.

  2. EBI—Even Better If. This will explain what your child now needs to do to improve further

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