KS3 Assessment 2018/19
Key Stage 3 National Curriculum Levels were abolished by the Department for Education from September 2014. All schools in England are now expected to develop their own model of assessment and publish it for parents.
- Two-year KS3 programmes of study across all subjects have been designed.
- At up to three points in the year, students will take an examination-style assessment which will inform our teaching.
- This approach will prepare students best for the new GCSEs, and allow us to compare student performance across the school.
Pathways, Assessment & Reporting
All pupils are placed on a coloured Progress Pathway for each subject: Blue, Grey, Purple and Yellow. These pathways represent a journey from pupils’ attainment on entry to their expected attainment at the end of Year 11. Pupils are expected to meet criteria in each subject to be ‘secure’ on their pathway. We are confident that any pupil who remains ‘secure’ is on track to achieve the high expectations we have in place for them at the end of KS4. The attached diagram is an illustration of this model.
Progress Pathways are based, initially, on pupils’ attainment in Reading and Mathematics in the Year 6 SATs. However, where we identify potential in other subject areas, pupils may be moved to a higher pathway. The first review of pathways will take place following the first Assessment Week, which acts as a baseline for many subjects.
Assessment Weeks and Progress Tests
Pupils have 3 Assessment Weeks per year during which they sit a Progress Test in every subject. The dates of these are in their planner and on the school calendar. The content of each Progress Test is cumulative, such that the topics or skills assessed on the first test will be reassessed on the following 2 or 3 tests. Teachers will provide guidance in lessons on what topics and skills pupils need to revise. Progress Test content is also available to download from the subject pages, to allow parent to support their child’s learning at home.
Over the year, parents receive three Progress Reports, around three weeks after the Assessment Week. These contain AELs (Attitude to Effective Learning grades) and Pathway results (below, developing, secure, exceeding) for each subject. One of these will be a Progress Overview which also includes a written comment from your child’s form tutor. The first report of the year will include information for parents on how you can support your child further.