Assessment at All Saints Academy

    At All Saints Academy we want each and every student to achieve or exceed their potential to support them in succeeding in their life goals and our Assessment process helps them on this journey.
     

    Year 7 to Year 11

     
    Target Setting

    Our target setting method allows us to set achievable, but aspirational, targets that are tailored to each individual student where KS2 levels have been decimalised and the grouping of students into one level has been removed, eg a student with a fine level of 4.1 will be targeted in line with other 4.1 students rather than any students in the range 4.0 to 4.9 as in previous years.

    Different targets will be set for the four subject groupings below as it has been shown that achievement in these areas can differ, eg a student may be targeted higher in an EBacc subject compared to English if national achievement shows this.
     

    Group Subjects
    English GCSEs in English Language and English Literature
    Maths GCSEs in Maths
    EBacc GCSEs in all Sciences, Computer Science, Geography, History, French and Spanish
    Other GCSEs in any subject not listed above and all vocational/BTEC subjects

     
    Our targets are based on the results achieved nationally of students with the same KS2 fine level and while we understand that not all students progress in the same way or at the same pace we encourage an ‘I can’ attitude where students understand that they have the same chance of achieving these grades as any other student across the country.

    Every student will be set targets for the end of Year 11 and for interim points at the end of each year from Year 7 through to Year 10. This enables the students themselves, parents/carers and the Academy to track whether they are below, on or above track. The Academy has created target bands to empower students to strive for higher grades.
     

    Target Band Explanation
    Bronze Below expected progress
    Silver On track to make expected progress
    Gold Above expected progress
    Platinum Exceptional progress

     
    Students’ targets and the Academy’s target setting methods are regularly reviewed to ensure students’ targets not only help them realise their potential, but stretch and challenge them too.
     
    Reporting to parents/carers

    Communication with parents/carers is paramount and our reporting cycle reflects this. Students receive a Flight Plan after each Assessment Point as well as one Annual Report per academic year.

    Flight Plans show Working At Grades for each subject as well as end of Year 11 and interim targets. As students move through the year their Flight Plan builds into a picture of progress as Working At Grades from each Assessment Point are added. Working At Grades can be compared to interim targets to see which target band is currently being achieved, eg Silver. In turn, the interim target band can then be matched to the equivalent end of Year 11 target band, eg Silver, to estimate the student’s possible GCSE outcomes.

    Annual Reports contain Working At Grades for each subject along with a brief comment from the class teacher and a score for the student’s Attitude To Learning; Target Grades for each subject group and band are provided for comparison. The student’s attendance percentage and both behaviour and achievement points are also included. Where possible, Annual Reports are sent home prior to Parents’ Evening to give parents/carers the opportunity to read them thoroughly and discuss them with the student before speaking to teaching staff. If an Annual Report is not available before a Parents’ Evening, a copy of the latest Flight Plan will be available to inform discussions with staff.
     
    What grades will students receive?

    The Government has introduced a change in the way that GCSE results are graded with a gradual move from letters to numbers over the next three years. Any grades that students bring home will mirror the way in which they will receive the results in their GCSEs. The grid below shows which subjects have moved to the new grading in years 9 to 11. All GCSE subjects not shown are still reported using the letters A*-G. Vocational (BTEC) subjects will remain on their current grading system of Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass and Level 1 Pass.
     

    Year Group Subjects using number grading of 9-1
    Year 11 English Language, English Literature, Maths
    Year 10 English Language, English Literature, Maths, Sciences, Languages, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art, Dance, Drama, Computing, Photography
    Year 9 All GCSE subjects use the new grading

     
    The Government have also removed the use of levels for Year 7 and Year 8 and allowed schools to set up their own methods. We have adopted a system that uses the new 9-1 GCSE grades across years 7 to 11. Students will be able to see their progress through the grades from the time they join the Academy to the time they leave. For Year 7 and Year 8 we have added an extra grade of ‘W’ to represent areas where students are working towards a GCSE Grade 1.

    Use this link if you would like to see how the new number grading aligns with the letter grading. New GCSE Grading
     
    How we are judged by the Government?

    The Government has changed the way in which it judges a school’s results with a new measure called Progress 8 which has replaced the 5+ A*-C including English and Maths measure of previous years. Progress 8 takes into account the performance of all students in their best 8 subjects rather than focussing only on students who have reached a minimum of a C grade. It measures how much progress students have made from their KS2 starting point compared to students nationally within their year group. Schools receive a Progress 8 score which is a decimalised number that can be positive or negative.
     
    How is Progress 8 calculated?

    Subjects have been grouped and these are the groups we have used in our target setting method above. The highest results for each these groups as shown below are then used as the student’s best 8 subjects.

    1 for English

    1 for Maths

    3 for EBacc

    3 for Other

    The points for each grade are added together and compared to the average national achievement to calculate whether the student has made more or less progress than students with the same KS2 decimal point score nationally. The difference between the student’s score and the national score gives us the Progress 8 score for each student. A school’s Progress 8 score is the average of all the students’ Progress 8 scores.

    A school which achieves the national average Progress 8 score of zero has helped its students to achieve the same progress as students nationally. The Government has a minimum expectation of -0.5 which is known as the floor target.

    Progress 8 scores for all schools along with other headline measures are published on the Performance Tables.
     

    6th Form

    Assessment and communication within 6th Form is similar to that used in years 7 to 11 but adjustments need to be made as 6th Form qualifications have their own grading.
     
    Target Setting

    The target setting method used for our 6th Form students also allows us to set achievable, but aspirational, targets that are tailored to each individual student. Targets are set in a similar way to the lower year groups but a student’s GCSE results are used instead of their KS2 results. A comparison can then be made to the national achievement of students with the same level of GCSE scores to set targets. There is no banding within targets at 6th Form but if there is a higher level of qualification available for a subject, students will receive targets for both levels, eg a student studying AS Level will also receive an A2 Level target or a student studying a Subsidiary Diploma vocational subject would also receive a target for the Diploma.
     
    Reporting to parents/carers

    6th Form students also receive a Flight Plan after each Assessment Point as well as one Annual Report per academic year.

    Flight Plans show Working At Grades for each subject as well as their targets. As students move through the year their Flight Plan also builds into a picture of progress as Working At Grades from each Assessment Point are added.

    Annual Reports contain the same information as those received by students in lower year groups.
     
    What grades will students receive?

    The grades provided to students in 6th Form depend on the level of qualification they are studying. The grid below shows the grading for qualifications.
     

    Level Grades Used
    AS Level and Extended Project A, B, C, D E
    A2 Level A*, A, B, C, D, E
    Certificate/Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass
    Diploma D*D*, D*D, DD, DM, MM, MP, PP

     
    How we are judged by the Government?

    6th Form are judged using a similar measure to Progress 8 called Level 3 Value Added which also takes into account the performance of student but in all of their subjects rather than a select few. This is then compared to the national performance of similar students. Schools receive separate Level 3 Value Added scores for each type of qualification ie Academic (AS/A2) and vocational. It is also a decimalised number that can be positive or negative.

    A school which achieves the national average Level 3 Value Added score of zero has helped its students to achieve the same progress as students nationally. The Government has a minimum expectation floor target of -0.3 but this is still to be confirmed.

    Level 3 Value Added scores for all schools along with other headline measures are published on the Performance Tables.
     
    Parents’ Evenings
    For the academic year 2016/17 Parents’ Evenings will be held as follows:

    Year 7

    Wednesday 19th October 2016 (Settling In Parents’ Evening)

    Thursday 27th April 2017

    Year 8

    Thursday 9th February 2017

    Year 9
    Wednesday 22nd March 2017

    Year 10

    Tuesday 24th January 2017

    Year 11

    Thursday 24th November 2016

    Tuesday 28th February 2017

    Year 12

    Thursday 6th October 2016

    Year 13

    Thursday 2nd February 2017