Understanding national standards and school assessment procedures are cruical in measuring the progress that students make. From September 2016, at Grainville, we will be measuring student’s attainment on the new GCSE grading scale of 1 – 9. It is very important that teachers, parents and the students themselves view the progress as a journey over the five years that students spend at Grainville. Small steps in progress will be made every term, whilst building knowledge and developing skills, as this is the key to GCSE success. Students are not expected to move up the scale quickly; the average grade at the end of Year 8 should be around a new GCSE grading of 2 or 3. Progress should be steady and secure over time.
The new GCSE structure
|Old national curriculum level equivalent||New GCSE grading||Legacy (old) GCSE|
|8a - 8c||6||B|
|7a - 7c||5||B/C|
|6a - 6c||4||C|
|5a - 5c||3||D|
|4a - 4c||2||E/F|
|3a - 3c||1||G|
We also record the commitment to learn for classwork, homework, behaviour and organisation in class. These judgements are made on a scale of 1 – 4:
- Needs to improve
- Serious cause for concern
Each term parents will receive a termly update on the progress at Grainville. This will include two interim assessments, indicating if the progress that their child is making is above expected, as expected or below expected. Grades will also be received for their commitment to learn for classwork, homework, behaviour and organisation. A full annual written report will form the third progress update. Parents/carers are encouraged to attend the parent consultation evening with their child’s form tutor to discuss the progress that is being made across the curriculum. If at any time during the school year a parent/carer has any concern relating to progress being made by their child, they should make contact with the form tutor.
Individual Student Target Setting
To better support the analysis of progress, every individual student will be given a ‘pathway’ which is an estimate of their final GCSE grade based on their prior attainment. It may be that a student shows more progress in some subjects than others. This is perfectly normal. The ‘’pathway range’ will be discussed with students during progress meetings with their form tutors. They will also be included in the full reports and form a discussion point during the parent’s evening meetings.
We aim for these ‘pathway’ to be challenging and aspirational for each individual. At Grainville we believe in an open and honest dialogue with parents and students on matters relating to standards and progress. Further information regarding the changes to the assessment system at Grainville will be given in the autumn term.