Reports to Parents

A Guide to Student Reviews at Haslingden High School


Years 7 & 8

Many of you will be familiar with the National Curriculum which, until recently, used a system of levels for grading learner progress. These were based on a 1-8 scale with 1 representing the lowest level of attainment and 8 the highest.

These levels were scrapped by the Government in 2014 and schools were left to devise their own assessment solutions. In addition to this change, the GCSEs your children will be taking at the end of Year 11 are being reformed and will be graded on a new 1-9 scale, where 1 is the lowest level of attainment and 9 is the highest.

In response to this, we have decided to introduce a new system of assessment that extends ‘reformed’ GCSE grades into Years 7 and 8. This will streamline assessment at Haslingden High School and provide a greater degree of continuity.

The new 9-1 GCSE grades are very different from the current A* to G scale, although a grade 4 is equivalent to a current ‘low’ grade C. A Grade 5 is deemed a ‘strong pass’ by the Department for Education. Please find below approximate equivalences between new and old GCSE grades and National Curriculum levels.

 

 

 

 

We have added four further grades for students in Years 7 and 8 – Entry 1 (E1) to Entry 3 (E3) and Working Below Entry 3 (WB3) which broadly describe attainment equivalent to the ‘old’ Levels 1 and 2. These new Entry Levels are especially important in subjects where students may have had little experience at primary school, such as Modern Languages and Computing.

What information will I receive about my child’s progress in KS3?

We issue three reports each year, one at the end of each assessment ‘block’. Reports go home towards the end of each term.

Key Piece Assessment and Ongoing Grades

These are our new GCSE grades (9 to 1, with a +/- discriminator) and WB3 to Entry 1.

Key Piece Assessment

Indicates the students’ current GCSE (or equivalent) grade achieved in a specific piece of work or test, carried out during the Block Assessment week.

Ongoing grade

Indicates the current GCSE grade that the student is working at, taking into account all work completed during the term, not just during the assessment week.

Target grade

Indicates the GCSE grade that a student should aspire to at the end of Year 8, based on prior attainment and a teacher’s professional judgement.

 

Attitude to Learning (ATL):

A Excellent: an exemplary attitude at all times – concentrates and participates eagerly in all activities and always willing to try their best.

B Very good: a very good attitude, working hard, concentrates in lessons and participates well in a variety of tasks

C Room for improvement: does what is required but tends to lack self-motivation and concentration. Often needs encouragement to participate and work/effort is of an inconsistent standard

D Unsatisfactory: often needs significant encouragement to engage with the lesson and related tasks. Work/effort is not regularly representative of their best

E Serious cause for concern: a generally negative attitude to tasks set, often reluctant to participate willingly, regularly distracted or distracting others in lessons. Work is rarely completed to an acceptable standard

How Parents / Carers can help:
Look carefully at the grades your child has achieved in the latest progress report. Compare them with your child’s Block A report and later reviews published during the year. Note any positives where your child has improved and encourage them to continue to do their very best.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or if you think your child is doing less well in a certain aspect. Your child’s Head of Year is the first point of contact for this and you can do this by emailing or telephoning school. Anything urgent, please call or make an appointment to come into school.

Homework Booklets in KS3
Homework booklets are an important element of assessing, recording and reporting and provide:

  • An opportunity for more detailed, in-depth work
  • A clear homework task, available on our website
  • A focus on one subject per week– along with English and maths
  • The building blocks for independent learning
  • A further opportunity for challenging able, gifted and talented students as well as providing differentiated tasks for other students
  • A common framework for assessment in each subject

How are homework booklets assessed?

  • Grades and effort levels are awarded for each piece
  • Teacher comments
  • Targets for the next booklet in that subject
  • Self-assessment

A booklet completed at an excellent level for a particular student, showing an outstanding amount of effort, could gain 10 House Points!

Show My Homework

When homework is set, your child’s teacher will record the deadline date on the Show My Homework website, www.showmyhomework.co.uk. You can access this website, and learn how to view your child’s homework, by clicking this link: http://help.showmyhomework.co.uk/?b_id=10119 or by using the app on your child’s iPad.

If you have any further queries about homework booklets or anything curriculum related, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Curriculum Leader.

AR STAR Reading Age

This is your child’s reading age (in years and months) based on a reading assessment done in school.

Years 9 to 11

Assessment at KS4
The Government and Ofsted use many criteria when making a judgement about a school. Although the percentage of students securing at least 5+ GCSEs including English and Mathematics at grade 4/C or above is a key indicator of success, most importance is now attached to the progress made by a student (and the contextual group each student belongs to).

What is a level?

Throughout primary school and in Years 7 & 8 at Haslingden High School, a student’s attainment was measured in national curriculum levels. Most students joining us in Year 7 gained a level 4 or higher in English and mathematics in their Key Stage 2 SATs taken in Year 6 at their primary school. However, a level 4 still covers a wide range of ability so every level is divided into 3 sub-levels, for example 4a, 4b and 4c, where 4a is the highest sublevel. 4a is two sub-levels above a 4c, while 5c is two sub-levels above 4b. Since September 2016, Year 7 students are graded on a series of points scores where 100 represents a score for a child of broadly average ability.

What is a level of progress?
If a student was a 4b in English in Year 7, September 2011 and is 5b in September 2012, he/she has made 1 whole level of progress in a year. If he/she goes on to achieve a C grade in June 2016, that student has made 3 levels of progress.

 

 

 

What is a target grade?

We use data provided by the Fischer Family Trust to help generate a target grade for each student in each subject. The data provided by the Fischer Family Trust is based on the achievement of students during recent years, so this can predict with some certainty the likely outcome of each child based on the achievement of similarly attaining students in the past.

How can I tell if my son/daughter is on track to make the required levels of progress?

We know that every child is different and we respond to their development needs on a personal level. Progress is rarely linear and differs from subject to subject. It is expected however that from the start of KS3 (Year 7) to the end of KS4 (June Year 11) students will make a minimum of three levels of progress.

Look back over the progress reviews issued to you child during their time at Haslingden High School. Are grades going down or up? If you have any concerns about the progress of your child, please contact the relevant curriculum leader from the list below.

New grades for new GCSEs

Year 11 will sit ‘new’ GCSEs in most subjects – these will be graded on a 9-1 scale, see below. A small number of other subjects, such as Media, will be graded on the ‘old’ A* to G scale. Computing, the core ECDL course studied by all students in Year 10, is graded Pass, Merit and Distinction (see Key Piece section below). Years 9 and 10 will site ‘new’ GCSEs in all subjects.

These are the approximate equivalences between new and old GCSE grades and National Curriculum levels. A new ‘4’ grade is equivalent to a C at GCSE.

 

 

 

What information will I receive about my child’s progress in KS4?

Key Piece Assessment and Ongoing Grades

New GCSE grades (9 to 1, with a +/- discriminator) and/or current A*-G grades depending on the subject studied and the year your child is in. In Computing, (all Year 9 and 10 students study ECDL as part of the core computing curriculum), grades range from Level 2 Distinction* (equivalent to an A* at GCSE,) Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Pass (equivalent to a C at GCSE) and U (unclassified).

Key Piece Assessment
Indicates the students’ current GCSE (or equivalent) grade achieved in a specific piece of work or test, carried out during the Block Assessment week.

Ongoing grade
Indicates the current GCSE (or equivalent) grade that the student is working at, taking into account all work completed during the term, not just during the assessments.

Target grade
Indicates the GCSE (or equivalent) grade that a student should aspire to at the end of the key stage (Year 11), based on prior attainment and a teacher’s professional judgement.

Predicted grade
Predicted Grade indicates the most likely grade that the student will achieve at the end of KS4 based on all the current evidence.AR STAR Reading AgeThis is your child’s reading age (in years and months) based on a reading assessment done in school.

Homework

A Excellent: consistently completed to the best of a student’s ability and submitted on time
B Very good: usually completed to the best of a student’s ability and submitted on time
C Room for Improvement: quality is variable and/or not submitted consistently on time
D Unsatisfactory: regularly completed to an unsatisfactory standard and/or regularly not submitted on time
E Serious cause for concern: persistently completed to an unsatisfactory standard and/or persistently not submitted on time

Attitude to Learning:

A Excellent: an exemplary attitude at all times – concentrates and participates eagerly in all activities and always willing to try their best
B Very good: a very good attitude, working hard, concentrates in lessons and participates well in a variety of tasks
C Room for improvement: does what is required but tends to lack self-motivation and concentration.
Often needs encouragement to participate and work/effort is of an inconsistent standard
D Unsatisfactory: often needs significant encouragement to engage with the lesson and related tasks. Work/effort regularly not representative of their best
E Serious cause for concern: a generally negative attitude to tasks set, often reluctant to participate willingly, regularly distracted or distracting others in lessons. Work is rarely completed to an acceptable standard

How Parents / Carers can help:
Look carefully at the grades your child has achieved in the latest progress review and com-pare them with subsequent reviews that you will receive. Note any positives where your child has improved and encourage them to continue to do their very best.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or if you think your child is doing less well in a certain aspect. Your child’s Head of Year is the first point of contact for this and you can contact them by emailing or telephoning school. Anything urgent, please call or make an appointment to come into school.

Homework in KS4
Homework is an important element of assessing, recording and reporting and provides:

  • An opportunity for more detailed, in-depth work
  • The building blocks for independent learning, particularly important in preparation for post 16 study
  • A variety of tasks which might include research, completing exercises, drafting essays, learning vocabulary, practising skills, preparing for assessments and so on.
  • All homework creates further opportunities to challenge students as well as provide differentiated tasks for all abilities

How is homework assessed?

  • GCSE grades and effort levels
  • Teacher comments
  • Targets for improvement
  • Peer or Self-assessment as a class discussion tool

Show My Homework

When homework is set, your child’s teacher will record the deadline date on the Show My Homework website, www.showmyhomework.co.uk. You can access this website, and learn how to view your child’s homework, by clicking this link: http://help.showmyhomework.co.uk/?b_id=10119 or by using the app on your child’s iPad.

GCSEPod

All students have been provided with access to GCSEPod, an online revision aid containing hundreds of podcasts which can be downloaded or streamed. Materials are provided for most GCSE subjects and these have been updated for exams in 2016 and 2107. For more information, please visit www.gcsepod.com

If you have any further queries about homework or anything curriculum related, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Curriculum Leader.

Year 12 and 13

Block A progress reports are issued to all students towards the end of each term.

In a KS5 Progress Report, the following information is provided:

Independent Study (IS) and Homework

Independent Study is an important part of learning in the sixth form. It is not simply completing homework, but reflects the time each learner spends reflecting on their work, reading around a subject, or engaging in wider learning via the internet, television and social media, for example by subscribing to TED Talks or the Khan Academy.

Independent study is fundamental to success in KS5 and at university. We timetable all students for three periods of independent study in a room staffed with a teacher, but this should be seen as just the beginning. A regular and genuine commitment to independent study will pay huge dividends in final grades.

A Excellent: always completed to the best of a student’s ability
B Very good: usually completed to the best of a student’s ability
C Room for Improvement: quality is variable
D Unsatisfactory: regularly completed to an unsatisfactory standard
E Serious cause for concern: persistently completed to an unsatisfactory standard

Key Piece Assessment, Ongoing, Predicted Final Grade and Target Grade
For A level courses grades A*- E or U (no pass) and for vocational courses grades Di* (Distinction*), Di (Distinction), M (Merit), P (Pass) or U (no pass).

Key Piece Assessment
Indicates the students’ current A Level (or equivalent) grade achieved in a specific piece of work or test, carried out during the Block Assessment week.

Ongoing grade
Indicates the current grade that the student is working at, taking into account all work completed during the term, not just during the assessment week.

Predicted Final Grade
Indicates the grade that your child’s teacher believes that they are most likely to achieve at the end of the course. This is based upon a teacher’s professional judgement of the ability and performance demonstrated to date.

Target grade
Shows the grade that a student should aspire to and could, at best, achieve at the end of the course. This is based upon a teacher’s professional judgement of the ability and performance demonstrated to date.

How Parents / Carers can help:
Look carefully at the grades your child has achieved in the latest progress review and com-pare them with subsequent reviews that you will receive. Note any positives where your child has improved and encourage them to continue to do their very best.Please contact us if you have any concerns or if you think your child is doing less well in a certain aspect. Your child’s Head of Year is the first point of contact for this and you can contact them by emailing or telephoning school. Anything urgent, please call or make an appointment to come into school.

If you have any further queries about anything curriculum related, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Curriculum Leader.