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KS3 Assessment Framework

Major changes have taken place to the assessment and reporting of pupils. National Curriculum levels have now been removed and numerical grades, from 9 to 1, are being phased in for GCSEs, replacing the letter grades A* to G.

At Hurstmere School, we will be using the grades 9 to 1 to report on the assessment and tracking of pupils in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9). A brief description of what each grade represents is shown below.  It is important to recognise that it is not possible to accurately predict GCSE grades for pupils in Key Stage 3 with this new policy.  As such, these grades do not represent predicted GCSE grades, but instead provide an indication of how a pupil is progressing in each subject.

With regards to tracking progress, it is reasonable for a pupil to achieve the same grade throughout Years 7 to 9. Maintaining a grade from Year 7 to Year 9 is a reflection of progress itself, due to the increasing difficulty in content, skill and application, year on year.  Equally, it is reasonable for a pupil’s attainment to fluctuate at times.  A learning journey is rarely a linear and direct path as individuals develop core skills at different rates.  In all instances, staff will ensure that pupils are aware of how to improve and progress, continuing to liaise with parents and guardians accordingly.

Grade              Descriptor

8/9          Exemplary and sophisticated subject knowledge, demonstrating personal flair, even in unfamiliar contexts.

7               Consistent demonstration of advanced skills and subject knowledge.

6               Some demonstration of advanced skills and subject knowledge.

5               Consistent demonstration of sound subject knowledge and skills.

4               Demonstrates some subject knowledge and the general ability to apply skills competently.

  3               There are gaps in subject knowledge and in the application of skills.

  2               Significant gaps in subject knowledge and in the application of skills.

1               Fundamental gaps in subject knowledge.

 

Mrs L. Davis

Vice Principal