The most important purpose of assessment is that it helps students to make progress with their learning. Effective assessment, tracking and feedback is essential to support students in making progress and achieving as well as they can.
Every child arrives at St Marylebone having reached a different level of attainment in primary school. It is important that we take account of their starting point in setting targets and measuring progress. In our system, teachers will take account of how well each student is doing compared to where they started. All students have scope to make excellent progress regardless of where they start and we want all students to believe that their learning has no limits; that they can continually improve and reach ever higher standards.
Between Years 7 and 9 (Key Stage 3) the curriculum delivers the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to fulfil our curriculum intent and to prepare students for their next phase of learning in Key Stage 4. Our students’ flight paths will see them progress up through numbers 1 to 3/4 (on average) in Key Stage 3. These are the foundations for achievement of GCSE number 4/5 (the expected “standard” or “strong” pass) or above, by the end of Year 11.
In some subjects in Key Stage 3, such as Modern Foreign Languages and Dance, students’ assessment numbers can sometimes be slightly lower than a number 1. This is because some subjects have not been covered in their primary education. We have taken this into consideration by creating grades below number 1. These are called ‘Entry Levels’(EL). These range from Entry Level 1, (the lowest) to Entry Level 3, (the highest).
This presentation explains Assessment & Reporting at St Marylebone.
KS3 Assessment Criteria