"Pupils clearly take pride in their work, and their books typically indicate an appropriate level of challenge in all of their subjects" - Ofsted 2018

This year we are amending our assessment and reporting system for Years 7 to 11.  Every time you receive a report, you will receive two types of information for each subject taken by your son/daughter.

1. Learner characteristics

These are not new for this year.  We have identified five key characteristics of students who make great progress in their learning, namely:

  • Attitude to learning;
  • Communication skills;
  • Homework quality;
  • Personal organisation;
  • Presentation of work.

We believe that students’ development of these skills is of great importance in determining their future progress and attainment, as well as preparing them for life beyond school.  In each report you will receive a number for each learner characteristic for each subject, with a table that states what that number means.  The assessment is coded 1 -5 but it is very important that you consider what the number means regarding your child’s learning, rather than seeing it as a score:  if a child does not achieve a 4 or 5, it does not mean they are under-achieving.  You can see the full definitions in the table below.






Significant need for improvement

Needs improvement

Working well

Working very well


Presentation of Work

Work is incomplete and shows a lack of care and structure

Requires regular reminding over expectations.

Work is presented with care and effort

Work is carefully completed and shows a wide range of well implemented skills

Spends time outside of lessons improving presentation or redrafting work

Personal Organisation

Never brings kit

Often late to lessons

No planner or equipment

Rarely brings kit. Sometimes late. Often missing some equipment

Normally equipped and ready to learn

Plans ahead and is always equipped and ready to learn

Prepares for lessons by reading around the subject

Attitude to Learning

Negative attitude, does not work well in a group or independently

Completes minimum amount of work. Sometimes avoids responsibility.

Positive attitude to learning, active in teamwork

Engaged, works well with a variety of groups, always contributes to discussion

Highly engaged, seeks independent challenges, demonstrates well developed leadership qualities

Communication Skills

Unwilling to express understanding/ knowledge. Does not respond to feedback

Written work regularly requires more detail or attention to grammar/spelling

Expresses ideas clearly in written work and/or discussion. Acts on feedback.

Articulate. Willing to take risks in expressing ideas

Writes succinctly and effectively in all situations. Eloquent. Able to develop the learning of others.

Homework Quality

No Homework or homework is regularly of a poor quality

Completes some homework and/or this is of a limited quality

Completes homework to a good standard

Completes all homework to a good standard and often adds additional information

Completes all homework beyond our expectations and/or seeks opportunities to complete additional work

2. Projected grades

These are new for this year.  In the past, it has been hard for students and parents, particularly in Years 7 to 9, to interpret what the levels they have been given on their report mean in terms of future GCE performance.  We have therefore moved to a scale based on projected GCSE grades, using the new national system of 9-1 (where 9 is highest, 7 is the equivalent to an old grade A and 4 is equivalent to an old grade C).

In each subject, students will receive a Projected Grade.  These are the minimum Year 11 target grades for each individual student provided to every school from the Department for Education by an organisation called the Fischer Family Trust.  These grades are based on each student’s end of Year 6 (KS2) attainment scores in Reading, Writing and Maths and assume that a student will make progress in line with what would be expected in the top 20% of schools nationally.  These are the minimum grades expected for each student and are therefore not a limiting grade.  At Cheney we will be supporting all of our students to try to exceed their Projected Grades and do the best they possibly can.

For each subject studied, we will report progress compared with Projected Grade based on a colour-coding system.  This will allow you to clearly see the progress your child is making in each subject against their Projected Grade for Year 11.

Blue = the student is on track to exceed their Projected Grade

Green = the student is on track to meet their Projected Grade

Amber = the student is on track to achieve one grade below their Projected Grade

Red = the student is on track to achieve two or more grades below their Projected Grade

You will have further opportunities to learn about our new Projected Grade system at year group parents’ evenings.