Assessment Procedures

We firmly believe that everyone works best when given regular feedback. We know how highly parents value our keeping them informed throughout the school year and how helpful this is in keeping you working well.

Combining regular assessment with an annual parent, student consultation evening and reporting system gives you and your parents a real opportunity to …

• Find out about your achievements and progress in each area of the curriculum.

• Establish the staff view about your motivation, attitude and behaviour within your lessons.

• Discuss the development of your study skills in such areas as homework, organisation and presentation.

• Help you to identify personal achievements both in and out of school.

• Set realistic targets which you can achieve by the next assessment and help us in your Academic Review meetings..

At Bushey Meads we issue three assessments for each student per year, one per term, showing your progress towards your end of Key Stage Target.

Two of these assessments are shorter, interim assessments, and one is a full set of reports with a written comment for each subject. Both these types of assessment have one important thing in common, they both show end of KS3 target levels for each student in each subject and teachers record progress against these targets.

The progress towards targets is shown numerically as marks – 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Gaining a 1 for progress means that you are likely to exceed your target at the end of Year 9 in a particular subject. (e.g. Target 5a, you get 6c), which is excellent progress.

Gaining a 2for progress means that you are likely to achieve your target at the end of Year 9 in a particular subject. (e.g. Target 5a, you get 5a), which is good progress.

Gaining a 3 for progress means that you are likely to miss your target at the end of Year 9 by 2 sub-levels in a particular subject. (e.g. Target 5a, but you may only get 5c), which needs to be monitored.

Gaining a 4 for progress means that you are likely to miss your target at the end of Year 9 by a whole level in a particular subject (e.g. Target 5a, you get 4a), which is a cause for concern.

In addition to sending reports and interim assessments home, analysis of progress marks allows the school to identify those who are underperforming and to implement strategies to reverse this and also to praise those who are progressing well.

Academic Review

During the academic year you will meet with your form tutor (two or three times), at an Academic Review meeting to discuss the progress being made towards your end of Key Stage targets and you will set personal goals to help achieve the targets.

Before each meeting you will be expected to complete the relevant Self-Assessment sheet included in this diary and to bring it along to the meeting. The self-assessment and any school assessment or reports will form the basis of your meeting with your tutor.

At each assessment, you will negotiate ACTION TARGETS which you should aim to achieve by the next assessment. Your teachers will talk about these with you and your tutor will spend time with you helping you to work out how you can best reach your goals. Incorporating this information into your diary will:

• Help you remember them every day

• Help your parents remind you of the standards for which you are aiming every time they see your diary.

• Help staff to give you guidance on the best ways to achieve your targets.

In addition you may receive meetings with the Key Stage Learning Mentor, speak to your Pastoral Manager about this.