Assessment and Reporting Procedure

At Haywood Academy we measure progress from the time students’ start in Year 7 until they finish in Year 11. There are 3 Data Collection points (known as Achievement Updates –AU) each academic year. Assessments are all focused on a similar style to that being used in the final GCSE examination. For example, in Music, students will sit a written assessment but will also be assessed on their skills in the practical elements of the subject. We assess using a combination of teacher judgement and formal assessment, taken in either the classroom or under examination conditions in the main school hall.  The assessments in each subject, cover the knowledge, skills and understanding required for each of the subject’s curriculum content.

After each assessment window, a report is sent to parents showing progress at that point. These reports indicate to the parent/carer their child’s achievement compared to their target.

We expect students to:

  • Know what they need to focus on in order to improve their work.
  • Talk to their teacher about the strategies they need to utilise, to maintain continuous improvement.

Year 7 and Year 8

Targets (Academy Expectation)

When a student starts at Haywood Academy, scores from the national tests (SATS) completed in Year 6 (KS2 Scaled Scores) are used to set targets (known as Academy Expectation AE) in all subjects. The AE is allocated based on KS2 achievement. This shows the grade range we would expect your child to achieve at GCSE.

Years 9, 10 &11

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students are given a Personal Student Expectation (PSE) that is based on their KS2 SATS score. Students will be challenged to make progress in all subjects and their attainment is closely monitored at each AU point. Personal Student Expectations can be increased by the subject teacher at any point throughout the year in order to allow for further challenge, as each milestone is met. A range is applied to ensure appropriate challenge is always present.

In Year 11 students will sit two ‘mock’ GCSE examinations – one in October/November and one in February/March. The results from these assessments will inform two of the AU points for this year group.

In Years 9,10 &11 we report back to parents using GCSE grades 9-1. Students sit assessments during an assessment ‘window’ and the percentage obtained is converted into a GCSE grade which depends on each subjects individual grade boundaries. When reporting to parents, the Current Teacher Assessment (CTA) and the End of KS4 Prediction (PRED) is shared. Question Level Analysis (QLA) is used to identify misconceptions and gaps in knowledge and where possible, these are shared with parents. 


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