"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.
2. Projected grades
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.
- What is the FFT projected grade? This is a grade that is set by an organisation called the Fischer Family Trust (FFT) who provide a projected grade to schools based on students Key Stage 2 SATs results. This grade is a statistical projected grade of what good progress looks like from Year 6 to Year 11. This grade is not set by teachers or the school.
- Can the FFT projected grade be changed? The answer to this is yes it can go up, but never down. The grade can be put up based on teacher recommendation that the grade for a specific student is too low and from discussions with parents/carers. If towards the end of Year 7 or in Year 8 your think your child's grade(s) are too low then please contact the subject teacher.
- The colour coding of students current progress against the FFT projected grade.
|Blue||Student is projected to exceed FFT target|
|Green||Student is projected to achieve FFT target|
|Orange||Student is projected 1 grade below FFT target|
|Red||Student is projected 2 or more grades below FFT target|
Do not be alarmed if you see some orange on your child’s report. Learning has its peaks and troughs, and children often make faster progress at some points and slower at others. However, do look for patterns over time. If you child has a red on their report then please follow up with their classroom teacher if they have not already been in contact with you. They can share with you what their concerns are, how they are supporting your child, how your child improve and/or how you can you support your child.
You will have further opportunities to learn about our new Projected Grade system at year group parents’ evenings.