A Parental Guide to Assessment and Reporting in Key Stage 2 at Kirkburton Middle School
Reporting to Parents
Three times a year parents will receive reports on their child’s progress in school. One of these will be the established Parents’ Evening with an opportunity for parents to discuss attainment and progress with subject staff. There will also be two additional written reports, one an interim report and the other a full report. These will consist of:
- An Year 6 Banding Pathway for each subject.
- A judgement as to whether or not a child is on track to achieve predicted future outcomes.
- A judgement as to whether current effort levels are acceptable.
- Where effort is judged to be below expectations, further details will be provided as to why this is the case e.g. homework, behaviour in class.
- The yearly full report will also include a comment from the form tutor.
Year 6 Pathway: Working Towards, Meeting and Enhanced.
All pupils are assigned an initial 'Year 6 Pathway Banding' based on Prior Performance, Baseline Assessments and Statistical Predictions.
All Year 6 estimates are initially assigned based on your child’s performance at Key Stage 1, Teacher Assessments submitted in English and Maths at transfer and their attainment in the GL assessment tests for English and Maths (October 2020). These estimates are in place so teachers can ensure they pitch their lessons at the correct level ensuring all pupils in their class make excellent progress. We always aim high. Most of our teaching groups in Year 6 are mixed ability and as such all pupils will be taught higher level content. We teach to the top and provide support, where needed, in order to ensure all pupils have the best possible chances of achieving high attainment.
Due to the practical nature of subjects such as PE, Art, Music and Technology we baseline these subjects during the first half term and assess key skills and knowledge through a series of practical tasks. This information and further assessments throughout the year will inform the pathway at Year 7 entry.
Reporting to parents
On Track Judgement
This is the best fit of all the current assessment information. If a child is reported as being ‘Y’ in this column, all the assessment information points towards them making excellent progress in line with their Year 6 estimate. When a child is identified as not being on track (N) it may be that your child is not making the necessary progress as a result of their ATL levels in school. As such the on track column should always be read in conjunction with the ATL column grade. An ‘N’ may also indicate that the required skills and knowledge at various formative and summative assessment points since the start of the year is below what is expected. Where this is the case, subject teachers will be taking steps to address the underlying factors behind this in order to get your child back ‘on track’.
How do we assess pupils to inform an on track judgement?
Essentially we assess the learning of pupils in two ways, which act as two separate layers of assessment. These are as follows
Layer 1: Formative
Formative assessment takes place on a day-to-day basis during teaching and learning, allowing teachers and pupils to assess attainment and progress more frequently. It does not involve the grading of work but instead the teacher identifying pupils’ strengths and weaknesses, supporting them to respond to their areas for development, and adapting their teaching to help pupils improve. Formative assessment is what we want teachers to focus on most. This is because research evidence tells us that this has the greatest impact on learning. Some examples of formative assessment are:
- Multi-choice questions
- Retrieval activities
- Reading or observing pupil work (either during or after a lesson)
- Live marking (marking pupils’ work as they are completing it)
- Breaking a complex task down into several smaller parts and assessing one part at a time
- Spelling and vocabulary tests
- Filling in blank knowledge organisers
Layer 2: Summative
Summative assessment is sometimes called assessment of learning and is a formal method to evaluate achievement and learning against key skills/knowledge and expected standards over a period of time. The period of time may vary, depending on what the teacher wants to find out. There may be an assessment at the end of a topic, at the end of a term or half-term, at the end of a year or, as in the case of the national curriculum tests, at the end of a Key Stage. Assessments can take the form of an end of unit test, formal exam, practical performance and project work.
ATL (Attitude To Learning)
A judgement made in relation to effort, behaviour and homework. Teachers have reported a single grade based on three aspects of your child’s attitude to learning; effort in class, behaviour for learning and effort with homework. We believe this is the most important grade on the report. Research shows that those pupils who try the hardest, achieve the best outcomes. This key message is regularly reinforced in school and we would ask parents do the same. Where there are concerns about an aspect of your child’s attitude to learning, the specific issue has been identified. The grade descriptors are given below.
Who do I speak to if I have any further questions?
If you have any queries/questions about your child’s progress within a specific subject, please contact their subject teacher in the first instance. In addition to this the calendar for Parents’ Evenings has been aligned with the school reporting schedule in order to allow much more informed discussions to take place. Where you have more general concerns i.e. across three or more subjects, please contact your child’s Form Tutor.
Mr Martin (Assistant Headteacher)