A guide to our (new) reporting cycle...
In 2017, the school developed the way it presented 'report information' to parents. To ensure that parents are aware of the attainment and progress of their child, there is a cycle of termly consultation evenings as well as the sharing of a mid year review and an end of year report. The consultations and reports are organised as follows:
Information is shared about how well the child has settled in class as well as the sharing of targets for the year.
A 'Mid-Year Review' report is shared with the parents as well as information about how the child is progressing towards their learning targets.
As the academic year draws to a close, the teachers will discuss information about how the child has responded to the learning opportunities during the year. Any key end of year assessment results will also be shared. Furtermore, parents will also be given an end of year report which will highlight the key achievements of their child as well as attainment and progress headlines from the year.
Please look at the 'End of Year Report' example that is attached below. This is a 'fictitious' example fo a child in year 6 who has had a very positive year!
But what do those letters, numbers and symbols mean?
Understanding the Assessment Steps
At the start of the academic year of 2016/2017, Tudor Primary completely transformed the way that it tracked attainment and progress. The aim of the school was to introduce an assessment system that helped teachers efficiently evaluate the attainment and progress of the children. At the heart of this new approach is the 'Target Tracker' software. Target Tracker uses 'Steps' to grade the attainment of the children. Ofsted praised our approach to the management of this when they stated:
'Teachers are making good use of their handbook for assessment to support the curriculum planning... they know precisely what pupils already understand...they can plan for what they need to learn next.' (Ofsted, March 2017)
Children over a complete year are expected to make 6 steps of progress. There are 6 steps within each year band. We stongly believe that the more we report the progress of the children to parents using this system, the more the parents will truly understand how their children are repsonding to the learning opportunities at Tudor Primary.
Each band 'number' relates to the national expectation for that year. Each band is also subdivided into:
- B (Beginning)
- B+ (Beginning +)
- W (Working with confidence)
- W+ (Working with confidence +)
- S (Skilled)
- S+ (Skilled +)
Children will only be assessed at S+ when they are confidently applying those skills across the curriculum. For example, to be a 3 S+ in Maths, the child would need to be using maths very competently in subjects such as Science as well as in 'normal' maths learning.
Developing our ability to report progress...
Teachers will be able to 'explain' the information held within the report. We are confident that parents will appreciate the detail that this new approach to reporting brings. Please do continue to look at this area of the website that will be updated with helpful hints and additional support guidance as this important aspect of your child's performace at Tudor is developed.