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Understanding Assessments

We know that changes in the assessment systems for young people can sometimes be confusing. Therefore we have provided some key information below to help clarify how our students are assessed throughout their time with us.

Primary Assessment

If you have a child in Year 2 or Year 6 they will be taking they national curriculum tests; the SATs. They are designed to provide information about how your child is progressing when compared to national averages.

It is important to note that they are not qualifications and do not affect your child's future options in school, but that the results are used to help teachers pitch their lessons at the appropriate level for their classes, with a view to helping children reach their full potential.

In Year 2, two new tests were introduced in 2016: An arithmetic test to check mathematic ability, and an optional test of grammar punctuation and spelling which schools may choose to administer.

In Year 6, the main changes to tests in 2016 were: The inclusion of questions to assess new areas of core national curriculum subjects and a new arithmetic test to check your child is progressing with basic mathematics fundamentals.

  • A scaled score of 100 is the expected standard for KS2 SATs
  • In 2017 the average scaled score was 104 in reading, 104 in maths and 106 in grammar, punctuation and spelling

What is Progress 8?

From 2016 all students and schools will be measured on how much progress they make from when they start year 7 to when they complete their exams at the end of year 11. It is based on progress across 8 subjects across a broad and balanced curriculum.

Scores will always be determined by dividing the student's points total by 10 (the 8 qualifications with English and Mathematics counting for double) regardless of how many qualifications are sat.

Below is a 3 minute video from the DfE to help explain Progress 8 further.

What is Attainment 8?

Attainment 8 is similar to Progress 8, however this measures attainment rather than progress accross the years over the same 8 subjects.

How does the new GCSE assessment system work?

Many of you will know that the courses and exams for GCSE students were recently changed. The reason is to ensure that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to suceed and be graded fairly. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest educational systems throughout the world.

  • GCSEs in England will have a new scale from 9 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest)
  • The old GCSE grading system do not directly compare, however alignments can be made between the letters A*-F and the Scale 9-1
  • They have been designed this way to differentiate between student performance, and support those students who sit at the top of their grade banding

Please see this short video from AQA to help you understand how the grade system translates.