Assessment & Reporting

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT THE AUTUMN TERM REPORT 2018 

Letter

Dear Parent/Carer

Please accept your child’s latest school report.  This is a brand new “dashboard-style” report and we have designed it in the hope that it communicates clearly and succinctly all that a parent might want to know about their child’s progress on a term-by-term basis.  As it is new, this letter can be used as a guide to understanding it, should you wish.

We recommend that you look firstly at the box on the top left-hand side of the report.  This provides a conduct summary.

Key Stage 2 Prior Attainment

The attendance percentages are calculated on the number of days in the school year so far.  If a student has had only one or two absences these will cause a bigger impact on the percentage at this stage than they will as the year progresses, as further good attendance will raise this figure (just as poor attendance will lower it).  One day off in the autumn term will equate to over 1% but one day off (the same one) over the course of a year will register approximately 0.5%

The attitude to learning figures are calculated on a normal score of 0 (zero).  This is our baseline for what makes a successful student –  for example working hard, paying attention in class, contributing to the class’s discussions, completing homework.  Put simply, a score below zero shows a student not meeting this standard, and a score above shows they are (literally) going above and beyond these basic expectations.  In the example, this student has a positive score of 0.64.  We are very pleased with this student.  When compared to other students in their year group they are the 11th most committed student, according to the judgement of their teachers.

The conduct summary (right column) reflects Passmores Points gained and Behaviour points.  The figure below this (conduct points) is the positive (408) minus the negative (0).  Beneath that we have the average performance of a student in the same year group (in this case it is 198 points), so that we can tell this student has really impressed us, gaining over double the average Passmores Points of their year group and making no mistakes with conduct this term.

Next we would advise you to examine the graph at the bottom of the report.  This gives a subject-by-subject breakdown of the student’s attitude to learning, to show where they are impressing the most and where they could usefully deploy some extra effort.  In this student’s case, they are being noticed for going above and beyond in seven subjects and have four (Maths, Chemistry, Physics and PE) where they are performing at expectations. A performance of +2 (not seen in this graph) would represent outstanding commitment and would appear as an even more prominent bar.  A negative performance would appear clearly below the line as a red bar and would need immediate attention from the student.

 

Attitude to learning Autumn

 

Where a subject has scored a student as having a negative attitude to learning, they have also provided information on what it is they should focus on in order to improve.  At this point we would advise you to look at the right hand table at the top of the report. 

Subject marks

The second column will contain codes to show what the conduct concern is (not shown in our example).

A2L Concerns

A             Absence is affecting learning

C             Behind schedule with coursework

E              Gives up too easily

F              Doesn’t accept help being offered

H             Homework is often late with varying effort

L              Arrives late to class

T             Too talkative, lacks focus

O             Often lacks organisation and does not have equipment


Whether a student is on track for meeting their targets is shown in the first column of the table as:

E+           The progress being made in this subject is excellent. If this level of work and positive attitude to learning continues it is highly likely that the student will achieve grades that exceed what was expected from their starting point at Passmores.
 

E              The progress being made in this subject is in line with expectation.  It is vital that the student has and maintains a positive attitude to learning to ensure they do not slip below the grades of which they are capable.
 

e.             The progress being made in this subject is a cause for concern.  We are confident that this can be rectified by ensuring a positive attitude to learning in all lessons and by working with the class teacher on areas of weakness.  Improvement is required but is achievable if we work together.

This will help you to gauge their likelihood of performing successfully in their Year 11 exams.

Finally, their scores in the most recent major assessment can be seen at the end of this table.  Greyed-out cells indicate that either a suitable assessment has not taken place or that the subject is examined in a different way.

We hope you will find these new reports to be useful and easy to follow.  We welcome any feedback that you might have for us.

Yours faithfully

        

Natalie Christie & Vic Goddard
Co-Principals of Passmores Academy

 

Parental Guidance

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Student Guidance

 

 

 

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