Assessment

At KS3 the school will monitor student progress using four stages, which will be tracked against criteria used in the curriculum maps of each subject. These stages will reflect potential GCSE grade outcomes and a traffic light system will be used to identify progress, so that parents/carers and students can understand where they currently are in each individual subject. Curriculum maps will be available on the school VLE and website, and therefore parents/carers and students will also be aware of what is required to achieve the next stage up.

  • Red (Significantly below expected progress)
  • Amber (Below expected progress)
  • Green (Making expected progress)
  • Blue (Beyond expected progress)

Students will be expected to reflect on their progress at each data entry point, and this will be discussed with teachers and tutors, and with parents/carers at consultation events. As students progress to KS4, GCSE grades will also be used on some assessments and reports so that parents/carers and students are aware of their progress towards their GCSE targets.

At Edgar Wood Academy, we strongly believe that a student’s attitude towards their studies is the biggest determining factor towards the grade they will achieve at GCSE. Therefore, from year 7 students will also receive an Attitude to Learning (A2L) grade on each report card and on some of their assessments. We will use the traffic light system and have a set of criteria for classwork and homework for each category.

  • Red (Concern)
  • Amber (Coasting Learner)
  • Green (Engaged Learner)
  • Blue (Independent Learner)

The following forms of assessment will be used at EWA for students from Y7-11:

  • Formative: To identify future targets for individual students and to inform teacher planning at class and student level
  • Diagnostic: To identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and inform future teaching or identify necessary intervention
  • Summative: To examine student performance and progress over time and report to parents, SLT, governors and DfE about students, subjects, groups of students and whole academy performance

Reporting

We will keep parents fully updated. Aspects of student performance, such as attendance and punctuality, will be available to track online using our VLE. In years 7 and 8, an electronic report card (paper copies will be available to parents/carers without IT access) will be uploaded to the VLE for parents to access. There will also be an early consultation event in October for year 7, focused on pastoral issues. A formal year 7 consultation evening will be held in the spring term. In years 9 – 11, electronic reports will be uploaded to the VLE twice a year followed by a parental consultation event. Parents/carers who cannot attend the events will be contacted by the pastoral team to arrange an alternative appointment or to receive feedback. The VLE will be developed to capture real time attendance and positive reward points and sanctions. We aim to be transparent in our support for students and engagement with parents.