As you may already be aware, the way we assess our students has changed. You can view the Education Department’s circular on this topic by clicking on the following link: Curriculum update
Since September 2016 at JCG, as in other island secondary schools, we have been using the new GCSE number grade scale of 1-9 to assess our students.
At Key Stage 3 we will also be using ‘fine grading’, for example, 3+ /3 / 3-, and periodic reports will reflect this. At Key Stage 4 we will not be using fine grading as students will be working towards an externally examined GCSE grade which will not be fine graded.
Please click on the subject descriptors and the link to the short video below for more information.
Periodic grades explained
What is a target grade?
Key Stage 3
The target grade is the grade a student should be aiming to achieve by the end of the academic year. The teacher decides on the target grade by looking at work and assessments completed by the individual student in their subject so far and data from testing. A target grade is not a limit and, for different reasons, students will sometimes either exceed their target grade or not quite reach it. Subject grade descriptors are given below and teachers will look for the best fit.
Key Stage 4
The target grade is the grade that a student should be aiming for in the subject at GCSE. Teachers revise targets at the beginning of Year 11.
Key Stage 5
The target grade is the grade that a student should be aiming for in the subject at A level. In Year 13, the target grade will match the UCAS predicted grade (if a student is applying to university).
What is a current grade?
A current grade is the grade that a student is achieving at the time of the periodic. Progress does not always follow a straight line so current grades can increase and decrease. This sometimes depends on the complexity of topics or skills involved in the learning in a subject at the time.
What is a likely to achieve grade?
Key Stage 3
A likely to achieve grade is only given in the second periodic of the academic year. It indicates the grade the teacher believes the student will achieve by the end of the academic year, if they continue to show their current attitude towards learning.
Key Stage 4 and 5
A likely to achieve grade is given in all but the first report of the academic year. It indicates the grade that the teacher believes the student will achieve at the end of the GCSE or A level course.
What is the Learner Profile?
The learner profile is most important and it is all about a student’s approach to learning. The teacher will choose the descriptor that best fits the student’s profile in their subject and therefore, it is worth talking to your child about the Learner Profile as they should be aware of why they are given their score.
|1||Exceptional learner who is enthusiastic, committed and absorbed in their learning. An independent, rigorous, resourceful and imaginative thinker. A resilient and reflective student who thinks strategically about their learning. Collaborative and empathetic when working with others and contributes substantially to the progress of the class.|
|2||Independent and well-motivated learner who works hard, perseveres and takes responsibility for their own progress. Shows an interest in the subject, asks questions of their learning and involves themselves in lessons. Helpful and empathetic towards others and has a positive influence on the learning of the class.|
|3||Consistent approach to learning, completes tasks and meets deadlines. Attentive and participates when required.|
|4||Commitment to learning is inconsistent. At times can struggle to meet deadlines. May lack focus and struggle to manage distractions. Needs to reflect on their approach to learning.|
|5||Rarely motivated to learn and rarely completes tasks or meets deadlines. May distract others and may be inattentive. Commitment to learning is a serious cause for concern.|
What is an area for improvement?
If a teacher selects a Learner Profile score of 4 or 5, they are asked to identify and indicate the area that a student needs to improve.