Assessment criteria - Years 7 to 11
Students' work is constantly assessed, and feedback is given on an individual basis. This will support, reinforce and further challenge students as appropriate.
In addition to this we assess and report students' attitude to learning and their progress in each subject.
Sixth Form students are assessed against separate Attitude to Learning and A-level / BTEC criteria.
Attitude and Effort
'A and E' assessments are reported on a half-termly basis. From Autumn 2015 these will be on the scale:
Outstanding: Consistently goes the extra mile, dedicated to reaching their full potential.
Very Good: Always shows a very good attitude to learning, has a desire to continually improve.
Good: Regularly shows a good attitude to learning.
Need to Improve: Does the minimum of what is asked of them in and out of lessons.
Unacceptable: Disruptive to the learning of others and themselves. Sanctions have been applied.
Students' progress is reported on a termly basis.
In the 2016-17 academic year we shall continue to track Year 11 students' progress against their Hanley Expected Minimum (HEM) and Hanley Aspirational Target (HAT) grades. These are GCSE grades A*-G or BTEC grades Distinction* to Pass, except for English and Mathematics where their progress will be measured against the new GCSE grades 9-1..
Year 10 students' progress is tracked as for Year 11, except that their progress in all reformed subjects will be measured against the new GCSE grades 9-1.
Please note that from September 2015 National Curriculum levels have been removed in schools. We therefore measure students progress against a set of criteria which the school has devised. These are based on the skills represented by the new GCSE 9-1 grade criteria.
Progress of students in Year 7, 8 and 9 is measured against this W-9 scale, where grade W represents a student who is working towards the skills required for a grade 1. This same scale will be used as they progress through to Year 11.
We use Key Stage 2 test results along with our own baseline testing to determine students' starting point on this scale in each subject. We aim for students to move up 4 grades between Year 7 and Year 11, although we are acutely aware that progress is rarely linear for individuals or within certain subjects. When students reach Key Stage 4 the focus will be on achieving and exceeding their target grades.
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