- The implementation of the new assessment system at Key Stage 3 is a response to national changes regarding the removal of National Curriculum levels, the need for challenge at Key Stage 3 as recognised by Ofsted and the challenge evident in the new GCSE qualifications.
- At Key Stage 3, teachers are using levels (1-9) to indicate students’ current overall performance against assessment criteria.
- These levels are not the old National Curriculum levels. Instead levels are linked to the new GCSE grades. For example, if a student has been reported a Level 4, it means that they have demonstrated the skills required to achieve a grade 4 at GCSE.
- Teachers have entered a sub-level with each level, either Secure (S) or Developing (D), to show whether a student has securely demonstrated the skills required for a particular grade.
- We have used Key stage 2 results to inform the expected levels.
- We know that different subjects have different rates of progression. For example, in maths a very able student would be expected to securely demonstrate Level 4 in Year 7, 5 in 8, 6 in 9, 7 in 10 and 8 in Year 11. However, a very able student studying history could be required to demonstrate a level 7 or even 8 by the end of Year 9 and then apply these skills to a new body of knowledge in years 10 and 11.
- Subject leaders and teachers are involved in an on-going review of schemes of learning and assessment at Key Stage 3 so that students are fully prepared for the demands of the new GCSEs.
If you would like to discuss your child’s assessment at Key Stage 3, please contact the relevant pastoral co-ordinator or head of year.