Assessment and Praising Stars

Assessment is mapped to National Curriculum age related expectation and then Level 1/2 course assessment objectives. Progression across each subject pathway is expertly planned so that learning in any one year builds effectively to the next. Feedback is regular and timely and occurs both during the lesson and through written feedback. Students are encouraged to engage with all feedback in dedicated Student Response Time (SRT) activities.

An ethic of excellence is promoted through our PROUD practice directing students to take pride in their work and strive for accuracy. Each half term parents and students receive a Praising Stars report providing academic assessment for each subject, an effort grade, attendance and behaviour information. In the lower years students’ current performance is assessed against age related expectations mapped and benched marked across each subject scheme of study. In the older years, where students are studying GCSE Level 1/2 courses, a prediction is made on their expected performance in the subject examination, this is informed by regular assessments.

Assessment information is used to effectively intervene with students and best meet their changing needs. Intervention is embedded into our feedback and assessment practices. A wide range of strategies are used within our teachers’ planning and responsive practices and beyond the lesson through small group tuition, after school or break time support, master classes, access to online learning programmes such as Hegarty Maths or in class support and targeted homework etc.

Covid-19 Recovery Adaptation

Changes to the curriculum moving forward from September 2021 will change the form of assessment in Praising Stars for Year 9. For Year 9 2020/21 a transition year will operate and Year 9 students will continue to receive a Prediction. Moving forward Year 9 Schemes of Work will be adapted to map and assess age related expectations so that Year 9 Praising Stars from September 2021 will report upon students current performance against age related criteria within units of work. Year 10 and 11 students will continue to receive a GCSE Level 1 & 2 predicted grade.

Some adaptations will be made relating to how we mark and feedback on students’ work in exercise books. During this period assessed pieces will be carried out on paper rather than in books to allow time between collection, marking and return. Teachers will operate their live marking strategies using the visualisers and self-assessment strategies will be employed rather than peer assessment strategies.