OUR STUDENT ASSESSMENT GUIDANCE
Assessment is a vital part of the learning process. Assessment can take different forms including verbal assessment through questioning, low stakes quizzes, end of topic tests as well as public examinations such as GCSE and A level.
Formative assessment, which is the most common type of assessment used at Kingsbury Green Academy, is the process where students are required to demonstrate how effectively they have learned a particular concept or skill. This is accomplished through a range of methods including peer, self and teacher assessment. The purpose of this type of assessment is to provide feedback to the student so that they are clear on what they need to do next to improve but more importantly, to inform the teacher of what they need to do next to help the student make progress.
Formal assessments take place on a termly basis in Maths, English and Science and every other term in all other subjects. Following these assessments, students are given detailed feedback on their progress. Kingsbury Green Academy uses a consistent approach to feedback across the school. All students are told what went well (WWW) and are informed how their work could be even better if (EBI). Students are then given the opportunity to respond to this feedback so that they can make immediate progress, thus boosting confidence.
Kingsbury Green Academy reports on student progress and attitude to learning twice per year. The attitude to learning section of the report, informs parents of how effective their child is performing in relation to the key learning attributes of behaviour, engagement in lessons, pride in classwork and homework. When a student exhibits outstanding learning attributes, they make outstanding progress. Please see our key learning attribute descriptors below:
Table 1: Key learning attributes
Requires Improvement By Student (RI)
Urgent action Needed By Student (UA)
Exemplary behaviour at all times. Acts as a role model to others. No warnings or H1 visits.
Good behaviour in line with school expectations. No warnings or H1 visits.
Been warned more than once for poor behaviour e.g. shouting out in class but has not been sent to H1.
Has received multiple warnings and/or been sent to H1 meaning that their behaviour is unacceptable.
Engagement in lessons
Always focused. Participates in classroom discussions, answering and asking questions.
Works hard. Listens to others and contributes when asked.
Coasting. Does the minimum expected but rarely more.
Lack of effort is hindering progress. Negative attitude and rarely seeks help.
Pride in classwork
Brilliant presentation and effort in all classwork. Their book is a pleasure to mark.
Meets the required expectations in class and completes work as expected.
Variable amounts of pride in work. Has to be reminded to underline date and title. Needs to take care with work.
Poor book work showing very little pride in the work or their presentation.
Homework is always completed on time and to the highest standard.
Homework is completed on time and to the expected standard.
Homework has occasionally been submitted late or has failed to meet the expected standard on more than one occasion.
Homework is often incomplete or deadlines are missed.
At Key Stage 3, teacher assessments inform judgements on student progress. Progress is measured using the following descriptors:
E = Exceeding - meaning the student is on track to achieve a grade (or more) higher than expected of a high performing student with the same KS2 start point nationally
M = Meeting - meaning the student is on track to achieve the expected grade of a high performing student with the same KS2 start nationally
D = Developing - meaning the student is on track to achieve one grade below the expected grade of a high performing student with the same KS2 start nationally
B = Below - meaning the student is on track to achieve more than one grade below the expected grade of a high performing student with the same KS2 start nationally
At Key stage 4 and in the Sixth Form, reports also include predicted grades. A predicted grade is the grade a teacher believes the student will achieve if they maintain their current attitude to learning. At GCSE, grades are on a scale of 9-1 with a 9 representing the highest standard of attainment. At A level, grades are on a scale of A*-E. Vocational subjects are normally graded Distinction* (D*), Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P).
It is important to remember a student’s progress is rarely linear and it goes up and down. In creative subjects, it is common for accelerated progress to occur in KS4.
If you, or your child, are concerned, it is best to have a conversation with the subject teacher for more information.
"Achieving Excellence Together"
At Kingsbury Green Academy, we believe in the power of education to change young people’s lives and we aim to be inclusive and cater for the needs of all our students.