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Buxton Community School

Assessment & Reporting

Target Setting at Buxton Community School

Government Benchmarks

Historically all schools are measured against how many GCSE’s pupils achieve at A*- C, including English and Maths. The Government’s new measures mean schools are no longer assessed against this benchmark and instead are expected to show how much progress pupils make since the start of year 7 across 8 subjects.

This is known as Progress 8. It is designed to ensure that pupil’s attainment is broad and balanced. English and Maths are double weighted and therefore are still at the core of the curriculum and vital for students.

With the new grading system, students achieving a grade 5 – 9 at G.C.S.E would have been included be in the old A* - C measure. (9 being the highest grade)

We strive to ensure students at Buxton Community School reach their potential and attain the highest grade possible. Our new targets for years 7 to 11 are designed to be aspirational and yet achievable.

What does this mean?

Your son/daughter’s target is formed using the actual results of students from the same KS2 starting point as your child. Progress will then be measured from this starting point to their final GCSE results in the same way as the Government will report progress.

Your son/daughter may have different targets in English, Maths, Art etc. because attainment in creative and academic subjects may be very different. In subjects your child has not studied at primary school, a range of assessment data is used to provide a starting point.

Key Points:

  • Targets set in this way will be aspirational, but will have been achieved nationally by at least 20% of students with KS2 results like them nationally.
  • Each subject has a different flight path and targets are different for each subject.
  • Meeting these challenging targets would mean your child is on target to exceed expected progress.

Targets for each tracking point enable staff to recognise students failing to make progress or those consistently failing to meet targets and to subsequently provide support.

Flight Paths

Each student has an expected ‘flight path’. This graph shows how we might plot a students’ grades and to see whether a child is on or off target. In the long-term, it is intended that parents’ will be able to see at a glance how their child is doing in relation to target. These flight paths are not available to parents at the present time.

 

(Sample only)

 

This flight path would be for a student of English, who achieved a score of 95 in their 2016 KS2 tests.

The flight path works in the same way for those students who were given KS2 levels.

This student has a target of a grade 5 at GCSE, equivalent to a historic C/B grade.

The red bordered boxes show actual tracking grades for the student.

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Tracking and Reports

Tracking is undertaken four times per year for years 7-10 and three times for students in year 11.

Tracking and Annual reports provide current attendance data and current achievement / behaviour points.

Parents receive an electronic copy of tracking and annual reports automatically.

Bands

GCSE

Titanium a

9

Titanium b

8

Titanium c

7

Platinum a

7

Platinum b

6

Platinum c

6

Diamond a

5

Diamond b

4

Diamond c

4

Gold a

3

Gold b

3

Gold c

3

Silver a

2

Silver b

2

Silver c

2

Bronze a

1

Bronze b

1

Bronze c

1

The bands are subdivided into a, b and c, with ‘a’ being the highest.

Titanium is the highest level available in year 9.

Remember:

  • Students’ progress at different rates and may not necessarily progress at every tracking.
  • In general we would expect students to stay on track to achieve their target throughout their school career.
  • Against each subject you will see information on their current tracking grade.
  • (Bands in KS3 and GCSE grades in KS4)
  • Tracking reports show if your son/daughter has made progress since the last tracking point and if they are working towards their target, are on target or if they have exceeded it.

Example Tracking Summary

Subject

ATL

End of year Target

Current Band

Progress to Target

Change from Tracking 3

Art

A

Db

Dc

Working Towards Target

Up

Dance

A

Db

Gc

Working Towards Target

Up

Drama

B

Dc

Gb

Working Towards Target

Unchanged

English

A

Dc

Dc

On Target

Up

Food

 

Db

 

Not studied this term

 

German

A

Dc

Dc

On Target

Up

Computing/IT

B

Db

Dc

Working Towards Target

Up

Maths

A

Da

Da

On Target

Unchanged

Music

A

Dc

Db

Exceeding Target

Up

PE

A

Dc

Gc

Working Towards Target

Up

Science

A

Db

Ga

Working Towards Target

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Technology

A

Dc

Dc

On Target

Up

Flight paths show at a glance what a student’s targets are and whether that student is on track to meet that target.