Guide to Assessment Point Reports
Assessment Point Reports are designed to keep you informed of the progress of your child in their subject areas, this allows you to become more involved in the education of your child and to have a greater impact on their academic success at Grace Academy.
The reports will be produced regularly throughout the academic year and will provide you with up to date information on your child so that any underperformance can be addressed and success celebrated.
What information do they contain?
Each report provides you with a Headline table which summarises four important areas of information for each subject.
- Target – This is the minimum level/grade that your child is expected to reach by the end of the year (for years 7, 8 and 9) or end of the course (for years 10 to 13). This is an expectation based on your child’s ability when they join us and does not represent the limit of their potential. At Grace Academy we encourage as many pupils as possible to achieve beyond their target grade.
- Working at Grade – This is the level/grade that your child has been working at over the last half term in a subject. This grade can go up or down and your child’s teacher will monitor this to ensure they are on track to meet or exceed their target.
- Projected Grade – This is the level/grade that your child is expected to reach by the end of the year (for years 7, 8 and 9) or end of the course (for years 10 to 13) if they continue with their current rate of progress. The projected grade will be colour coded to make it easy for you, and your child, to see if they are on track to reach their target.
- Attitude to Learning – This is a judgement on your child’s attitude to learning in a subject. General descriptions are provided on the report although the specific reasons for underperformance in this area will vary and not all of the descriptor will always apply.
Purple = your child is likely to exceed their target in this subject if they continue with their current rate of progress
Green = your child is likely to reach their target in this subject if they continue with their current rate of progress
Amber = your child is likely to achieve below their target in this subject if they continue with their current rate of progress
Red = your child is likely to achieve well below their target in this subject if they continue with their current rate of progress.
If a child is Amber or Red for a subject it is clearly very important that they are supported and encouraged to get them back on track.
Target Status Graph
The same information as above is also provide in a graph where 0 means that a child is expected to achieve their target. Positive bars means that a child is expected to achieve above their target and negative bars means that a child is expected to achieve below their target.
Good attendance is essential if your child is to achieve their targets. Attendance information is provided on an additional sheet.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if there is data missing for my child?
In some cases due to long periods of absence or a recent change to a course it is not always possible to provide grades/levels for all subjects. If you are concerned regarding this then please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.
What should I do with this information?
At Grace Academy we want parents and carers to become as involved in the learning and progress of their children as possible. Where a pupil is amber or red for a subject we would welcome you to encourage them in this area. In some cases you may wish to contact the teacher of that subject if you have a concern about a particular subject area or their assistant Head of Year if you have concerns in a number of subject areas.
When can I speak to my child’s teachers?
Throughout the academic year you will be given opportunities to come in to the academy and speak to your child’s teachers in parental review days, however please feel free to contact a particular teacher at any time. They will be more than happy to work with you to ensure that your child makes as much progress as possible. Your child’s teacher will be able to give you advice on how you can support your child’s progress.
In lower school we measure progress in levels, ranging from a level 3 at the bottom to a level 8 at the top. Each level is further split into sub levels which are assigned letters. E.g. 4c is the bottom of level 4 with 4a being the top.
In upper school your child is assessed using more traditional grades ranging from a grade G to an A or A*. A U identifies that a student is not working at a grade.
Some courses use different grading systems, the most common of these use a pass, merit or a distinction. They are closely related to the grades C, B and A. In this case you may see a P, M or D in the grading section of the report.
GCSE grades are changing nationally from letters to numbers ranging from 1(lowest) to 9(highest) which is broadly in line with the old A-G with extra challenge at the top end. This change is taking place over a series of years in varying subjects. You will see numbers first in English (year 10), Maths (Year 9 and 10) and Science (Year 9).
In years 10 and 11 we believe that physical education should be measured by a pupil’s enthusiasm and participation, you will see that teachers identify this through the use of the attitude to learning but pupils are not given specific grades. Pupil’s studying Physical Education GCSE will be graded as other subjects.