Guidance on KS3 reports
Academic reports are sent to parents electronically to your email address using the Xpressions App. If you do not have access to the internet and would like a paper copy of your childs academic report posted then please email Mrs Nicky Gould on NJG@stjamesexeter.co.uk.
Understanding our school reports
As I’m sure you’re aware students sitting their GCSE exams now receive a GCSE grade that is numbered 1-9 instead of the traditional letter grade of A-G. As well as this KS2 and KS3 national curriculum levels have been removed. As a consequence schools are now encouraged to develop an assessment system from year 7 -11 that supports students in developing skills essential for GCSE and beyond and that communicates clearly to parents how well students are progressing. St James have therefore developed a reporting system in line with other Ted Wragg MAT schools that both supports our 7-11 curriculum and makes clear the aspirations for our young people to achieve the very best they can at GCSE.
Reporting at KS3
Students will get a report once a term. This report should give you an indication of what teachers think about your child’s progress towards their GCSE targets. However, given the fact that students still have time to develop the skills needed and that the new GCSE grading system is still being implemented, target grades may change. To reflect this we are therefore reporting a two grade GCSE band within which we expect students to achieve, rather than a single grade.
What do the grades mean?
On a child’s report there will be two grades, one that reflects the overall school target GCSE route and a projected GCSE route for a subject.
- Target route: this is the band of two GCSE grades within which the school expect students to achieve a final grade at GCSE. This target grade band is based on work at primary school and KS2 test score. These targets may change as new GCSEs are implemented, but we are confident they are aspirational and appropriate to the student.
- Projected route: this is the grade band within which the teacher thinks students will get a final GCSE grade in their subjects if they continue to approach their work in the way they currently do in class. Assessment scores are used to help make the judgement but are not the only information we use. The projection might move up and down depending on how students are working but we would anticipate most students should be achieving within their target route for many of their lessons.
What do the new GCSE target & projected grade bands mean?
|New GCSE band||Old GCSE grade||What does this mean?|
The teacher anticipates a student will achieve a grade 9 at GCSE.
The teacher anticipates a student will achieve a grade 7 or 8 at GCSE.
The teacher anticipates a student will achieve a grade 5 or 6 at GCSE.
The teacher anticipates a student grade 3 or 4 at GCSE.
The teacher anticipates a student you will achieve a grade 1 or 2 at GCSE.
Reporting at KS4
At KS4, which at St James is year 9 onwards, a single projected grade is placed on reports. This is the grade the teacher expects students to achieve if they continue to work in the manner they are currently working and continue to make the progress they are currently making in lessons.
What do the grades mean on KS4 reports?
On the report students will be given an overall target of a single GCSE grade for each subject. This grade will be similar for each subject. Students will also be given a projected grade for each subject.
- Target: This is the GCSE grade we would expect the students to achieve in their final GCSE examination. This is based teacher assessment for primary school and the scores in KS2 tests. We get advice from the government as to what targets students should be set. We use this advice, and our knowledge of a student’s ability to set the best target for each student. At St James we believe all students should achieve their very best, and therefore our targets are set with the expectation students will perform better than students of a similar ability nationally.
- Projected grade: This is the GCSE grade a teacher thinks students will get if they continue to work in the manner they currently are in lessons. Assessment scores are used to help make the judgement but are not the only information we use. The projected grade might move up and down depending on how students are working.
At KS4, to help parents and students see how close to the target students are, the report will tell students if they are working towards, at expected or above expectation.
- Working towards means that a student’s projected grade is not yet at the target grade.
- At expected means that a student’s projected grade and target grades are the same.
- Above expectation means students are working above their target grade.
Behaviour, effort and Independent study grades
At both KS3 and KS4, Students also have behaviour, effort and independent study grades on their report. The numbers here range between 1 and 5.
1: This means a student’s approach to classwork and independent study is outstanding.
2: This mean a student’s approach to classwork and independent study is very good.
3 : This means a student approach to classwork and independent study is good.
4: This means a student’s approach to classwork and independent study is variable.
5: This means a student’s approach to classwork and independent study is unsatisfactory.