Commitment to Learning
With National Curriculum levels a thing of the past, schools have faced the challenge of how to track the progress of pupils at Key Stage 3. We have taken on board the views of parents along with advice from Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Education, who in a speech explained that Ofsted:
Do not expect to see 6 week tracking of pupil progress and vast elaborate spreadsheets. What I want school leaders to discuss with our inspectors is what they expect pupils to know by certain points in their life, and how they know they know it. And crucially, what the school does when it finds out they don’t! These conversations are much more constructive than inventing byzantine number systems which, let’s be honest, can often be meaningless.
At Wellington we have developed a four-point scale for Commitment to Learning and Homework that is completed at four times throughout each of years 7, 8 and 9. This allows us to check that pupils are working hard and meeting the expectations of their teachers. Since introducing these measures we have found clear links between the Commitment to Learning scores and the progress made by pupils. FFT is a measure that we use as a guide as to what pupils can achieve. It uses Key Stage 2 data as a starting point and looks at the most likely grades that pupils will achieve. Nationally, 20% of pupils will achieve or exceed the FFT grade that we use. The table below demonstrates that a higher commitment from pupils resulted in them making increased progress over a five-year period.
Our descriptors for Commitment to Learning and Homework can be found here. We have adapted these to incorporate assessment performance and revision.
Progress at Key Stage 3
In terms of knowing how your child is progressing in each subject, a copy of the Autumn Assessment Calendar can be found here and the Spring calendar can be found here. Pupils will be assessed around these dates and will receive details from teachers regarding how they have performed and how they can move forward. We ask that parents engage with their children after an assessment has been returned and look at the cover sheets with them. This will allow parents to have access to up-to-date information from individual subjects during the year, rather than waiting for an interim or Parent’s Evening.
Progress at Key Stage 4
Pupils receive eight predicted grades for each GCSE subject throughout Key Stage 4 in addition to Commitment to Learning and Homework information three times per year. In Year 11 the results from two sets of mock examinations will be reported home. From 2019 all subjects will be graded using the 9 to 1 system. Please click here to see how the new grades compare to the old ones.
Progress at Key Stage 5
Students in the sixth form receive Assessment and Feedback forms throughout the course, including predicted grades for all subjects. Pupils in Year 13 will sit two sets of mock examinations.