Assessment

Assessment

Assessment and Reporting Procedure

At Trentham Academy we measure progress from the time students’ start in Year 7 until they finish in Year 11. There are 3 Data Collection points (known as Achievement Updates –AU) each academic year. Assessments are all focused on a similar style to that being used in the final GCSE examination. For example, In PE, students will sit a written assessment but will also be assessed on their skills in the practical elements of the subject. We assess using a combination of teacher judgement and formal assessment, taken in either the classroom or under examination conditions in the main school hall.  The assessments in each subject, cover the knowledge, skills and understanding required for each of the subject’s curriculum content.

After each assessment window, a mini report goes to parents showing progress at that point. These reports indicate to the parent/carer their child’s achievement compared to their target.

We expect students to:

  • Know what they need to focus on in order to improve their work.
  • Talk to their teacher about the strategies they need to utilise, to maintain continuous improvement.

Year 7 and Year 8

Targets

When a student starts at Trentham Academy, scores from the national tests (SATS) completed in Year 6 (KS2 Scaled Scores) are used to set targets in all subjects. The target is allocated based on KS2 achievement. This shows the grade range we would expect your child to achieve at GCSE.

Assessment Percentages

Students will sit assessments in most subject areas. Students will receive a percentage for each test. Teachers use this percentage to decide whether the student has achieved in line with their target expectation for that subject. Assessments have been moderated over time to make this possible.

Years 9, 10 &11

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students are given a Personal Student Expectation (PSE) that is based on their KS2 SATS score. Students will be challenged to make progress in all subjects and their attainment is closely monitored at each AU point. Personal Student Expectations can be increased by the subject teacher at any point throughout the year in order to allow for further challenge, as each milestone is met. A range is applied to ensure appropriate challenge is always present.

In Year 11 students will sit two ‘mock’ GCSE examinations – one in October/November and one in February/March. The results from these assessments will inform two of the AU points for this year group.

In Years 9,10 &11 we report back to parents using GCSE grades 9-1. Students sit assessments during an assessment ‘window’ and the percentage obtained is converted into a GCSE grade which depends on each subjects individual grade boundaries. When reporting to parents, the Current Teacher Assessment (CTA) and the End of KS4 Prediction (PRED) is shared.

Attitude to Learning

We collect and report to parents a grade for Attitude to Learning (A2L). Your child’s A2L score is an average of all A2L scores awarded in lessons across a reporting period.

  A2L
 

 

1

  • striving to achieve and exceed targets at all times, consistently pushing myself
  • fully prepared to learn
  • supporting the learning of others
  • actively involved in all learning activities
  • taking opportunities to extend my learning beyond the classroom
 

 

2

  • on task and working towards target
  • prepared for learning (including uniform and equipment)
  • allowing others to learn
  • engaged in learning
  • consolidating what I have learned
 

 

3

  • sometimes working towards targets
  • sometimes ready to learn
  • often disrupting learning
  • showing some interest
  • making progress but not in each lesson
 

 

4

  • rarely working towards targets
  • rarely ready to learn
  • frequently disrupting learning
  • showing little interest
  • making minimal progress