Curriculum/Assessment

KS3 Assessment

As part of the development of our teaching and learning we have introduced assessment criteria for all subjects for Years 7, 8 and 9. The assessment criteria supports parents\carers to have an ongoing dialogue about your child’s progress. In the same way students and teachers will be able to have effective conversations about learning progress.

Each student in Year 7, 8 and 9 is set a Key Stage 2 baseline as the starting point for each student, so that appropriate and individual progress can be measured. Key Stage 3 progress will be reported with the following hierarchical measures:

• Embarking
• Emerging
• Developing
• Securing
• Mastering

For each baseline we would expect students to be at the following progress levels by the end of each academic year:

Key Stage 2 Baseline

 Key Stage 3 Expected Progress

KS4 Indicative GCSE Grade

Foundation

Embarking or Emerging

1 to 3

Intermediate

 Emerging, Developing or Securing

3 to 6

Higher

 Securing or Mastering

5 and above

That is not to say that students cannot make better than expected progress, it is perfectly possible for a student with a Foundation baseline to attain Developing progress, for example. The assessment criteria have been designed with an increasing level of demand across Year 7, 8 and 9. For example, a student with an Intermediate baseline and progress of Developing at the end of each academic year, will be making their expected progress.

The assessment criteria for each subject are provided below:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

English

English

Maths

Maths

Maths

Science

Science

Science

Computing

Computing

Computing

Humanities

Geography

Geography

Modern Foreign Languages

History

History

Art

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

Design Technology

Art

Art

Performing Arts

Dance

Design Technology

PE

Design Technology

Drama

Drama

Music

 

Music

PE

PE

Religious Studies

Religious Studies


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