Assessment and reporting

Assessment and Reporting 2020-21

At The Cowplain School we have regular, rigorous assessments for all year groups twice a year; all assessment results are published in students' reports and can be found on Insight.

Every report for every student in every year group contains the following:

1) The assessment results in the form of a percentage and the average assessment result of all the students who have completed the assessment.

2) The students’ pathway, which gives students a target grade range to not limit students to one specific target grade.

In the guided pathway students are aiming for a grade 5. The scaffolded students are aiming for a 5 to 7 grade range and the independent students are aiming for a 7 to 9 grade range. The terms guided, scaffolded and independent describe the type of learning we would expect the student to do, e.g. scaffolded students receive more support by the teacher scaffolding the learning for them, while independent students are expected to work more independently.

3) An attitude to learning and an attitude to home learning grade. (ATL and ATH grade criteria can be found in Resources)

4) An indication whether the student is currently exceeding (E), meeting (M) or a concern (C) in relation to their target pathway.

5) A rank order position for each subject and the average KS2 rank order (based on English and Maths) on entry for comparison. This rank order information will be used to change class sets.

All assessments for all year groups, except for practical assessments, take place in the hall. Students have an assessment assembly two weeks before the assessments start, followed by two weeks of revision in class.  Home learning is based around revision too.


Year 11:

The 1st Assessment Cycle takes place from the 19th of October. This assessment period is immediately followed by students’ reports and a Year 11 parents evening.

The 2nd Assessment Cycle takes place from the 11th to 22nd of January. These reports also contain the students’ predicted GCSE grades for their end of year 11 GCSE exams and are followed by a parents evening.


Year 10:

The 1st Assessment Cycle takes place from the 25th of  January to the 5th of February, followed by the students’ reports and a parents evening. 

The 2nd Assessment Cycle takes place from the 21st of June to the 2nd of July, followed by students’ reports.


Year 9:

The 1st Assessment Cycle takes place from the 8th to the 26th of February, followed by the students’ reports and a parents evening 

The 2nd Assessment Cycle takes place from the 28th to 9th of July followed by the students’ reports.

 

Year 8:

The 1st Assessment Cycle takes place from the 2nd of November to the 13th of November, followed by the students’ reports and a parents evening 

The 2nd Assessment Cycle takes place from the 15th to 26th of March followed by the students’ reports and an options evening during which the assessment results can be used to inform option choices.

 

Year 7:

The first Y7 parents evening takes place before the first assessment cycle to inform parents about the assessment and reporting approach and the school’s expectations and support the students are given. 

The 1st Assessment Cycle takes place from the 16th to the 27th of November, followed by the students’ reports. 

The 2nd Assessment Cycle takes place from the 26th of April to 7th of May followed by the students’ reports and a parents evening.

 

 

Attitude to Learning and Attitude to Home Learning:

Students are graded on a 1-5 scale:

  1. Engaged
  2. Committed
  3. Compliant
  4. Apathetic
  5. Disengaged

ATL and ATH grade criteria can be found in Resources.