Marking and Assessment

Marking and formative student feedback is an important part of learning and teaching. Students can expect to have their work marked on a regular basis, at least every 3-4 weeks unless other detailed feedback has been given. Home learning tasks will be checked and marked once completed.

Key Stage 3: Years 7-8

Year 7 and 8 students should expect to receive specific targets for improvement on their work when it is marked by their teacher. Students should note these on their subject tracker sheets and respond if appropriate, perhaps by redrafting a section of their work or trying another question as set by the teacher.

National Curriculum levels are now no longer in use. We have published our new Key Stage 3 Assessment Framework which details the expected knowledge and skills which each student will reach at the end of each year. This new framework currently applies to years 7 and 8.

 

Each half term, teachers will assess students’ progress against the framework and report using the following scale:

                C            Cause for Concern

                E             Exploring

                D             Developing

                M            Mastering

                EX           Exceeding

At the beginning of the year, teachers will use baseline tests and Key Stage 2 data to set a target on the same scale for years 7 and 8 students to achieve by the end of the year. More detail about the new KS3 Assessment Framework are available in the booklet which can be downloaded here.

Key Stage 3: Year 9

Students should expect to receive indications of the progress and effort which they have made in their work. Progress is indicated on all marked work by P+ (better than expected progress), P (expected progress) or P- (insufficient progress). Effort is indicated by E+ (exceptional effort), E (good effort) or E- (insufficient effort).

Each half term, teachers will assess the progress made by each student and report to parents using the scale P+, P and P-. Students will receive a National Curriculum level at the end of each year. Each student has an expected progress target level and a rapid progress target level.

Key Stages 4: Years 10-11

In Key Stage 4, students work may be marked using examination board mark schemes or mark grids, and an indication of the working-at grade should be given (grades A*-G or 9-1 for GCSE). Areas for improvement will be given. Sometimes ‘fine grades’ are used which divide each grade into three levels, e.g. C1, C2, C3, where C1 is a strong C, or nearly a B. In the new numerical grade system which is being phased in by the government, these fine grades appear as 4:1, 4:2, 4:3 etc.  During 2016-17, Year 11 will receive new-style 9-1 GCSE grades for English and Maths only, and year 10 will receive these numerical grades for all subjects except Business Studies, Child Development, Design & Technology, ICT, Media Studies, Psychology and Russian.

Each student has two targets in Key Stage 4 – a progress target and a ‘flying high target’. These represent four and five levels of progress from their starting point at Woodbridge in year 7. It is an expectation that most students are working to achieve their progress or ‘flying high’ target.

Tests and formal classroom assessments are used in subjects to determine progress and attainment, or to contribute to summative assessment grade. Mock examinations are held at regular intervals in Key Stage 4.

Parents receive progress reports three times per year. These contain details of progress made towards the expected grade to be reached based on the student’s prior attainment, as well as information on behaviour and study habits.

Key Stage 5: Years 12 and 13

In Key Stage 5, students work may be marked using examination board mark schemes or mark grids, and an indication of the working-at grade should be given (A*-E for A Level). Areas for improvement will be given. Sometimes ‘fine grades’ are used which divide each grade into three levels, e.g. C1, C2, C3, where C1 is a strong C, or nearly a B.

Each student has an ALPS (A Level Performance System) target in the 6th Form. This is their target grade for all subjects. and is based on their prior attainment.

Parents receive progress reports three times per year. These contain details of the current monitoring grade for the student for each subject. Mock examinations are held in January of year 12 and 13.

If you have comments or concerns regarding marking or assessment, please contact your son / daughter’s year co-ordinator in the first instance.