At Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School our key aim is that all pupils will achieve their potential and enjoy the journey. We believe that this will be accomplished through a close partnership with parents/carers and pupils taking responsibility for their own learning.
The purpose of assessment is to help pupils know what they are doing well and what they need to do to improve. The knowledge gained will be used to inform teaching and to direct learning. We believe that the sense of achievement that pupils gain through undertaking a range of assessments contributes to their enjoyment of their learning.
To view your child’s report, please click here – and this will take you to the Parent Log In page of Go4Schools (not their home page). For an explanation of how to access and use Go4Schools, please see ‘Using Go4School’ further below.
The following presentation provides both parents and pupils with information and guidance to better understand where Year 11 pupils stand in this academic year with regards to mocks. It outlines how parents and the school can help and support Y11 pupils and provides some practical revision strategies for parents to support their children in managing stress and workload.
We always welcome feedback from parents/carers; if you have any questions about our assessment process or if there are ways you feel we could improve it please contact the school via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Mr Pandya, Assistant Headteacher in charge of Progress Data and Assessment.
Our reporting systems
The reports we issue to parents/carers will include some terminology you may not be familiar with so to help your understanding the key terms are explained below:
- Target Grade – This is the target grade a pupil should be aiming to achieve or exceed by the end of the year for Years 7-9 and by the end of Key Stage 4 for Years 10 and 11. The grade is based on prior attainment in primary school from the KS2 SATs taken at the end of Year 6. We use a nationally recognised standardised formula for these targets. These are challenging targets and achieving them would put a pupil in the top 20% of pupils nationally for progress. If a pupil did not sit the Key Stage 2 assessments then we use our own internal assessments to set this target.
- Predicted Grade – We only use predicted grades in Years 10 and 11. This grade is the teacher’s judgement as to what a pupil is likely to achieve at the end of Year 11 based on how she is currently performing and the progress she is making towards her target. Remember that the targets are challenging, so if a pupil is close to achieving her target she may still be making good progress.
- Current Grade – These grades are used to show current pupil attainment. Where a pupil has an end of year target (in Years 7, 8 and 9) she can be tracked against these targets to show whether she is ‘on track’. In Years 10 and 11 the grades show current attainment and the predicted grade is used to track progress.
- Targets for improvement – This is a written target set by subject teachers to help improve learning the following term.
Each report also has effort grades from Exceptional, Good, Inconsistent and Below expected in four areas: behaviour for learning homework and organisation. The criteria for these effort grades are shown underneath the report. As a school we consider any effort grades of inconsistent or below as a cause for concern.
If you have any concerns about your daughter’s progress in a particular subject, talk to your daughter to check that she is aware of what she needs to do to make progress in the subject. Is she following the guidance from her teachers on how she needs to improve? Has she spoken to her teachers to help her to understand the targets that have been set?
If you still have concerns contact the subject teacher (you can see who teaches your daughter by looking at her timetable on the GO 4 Schools website) in the first instance, or the Head of Faculty if you think that is appropriate. If you have a more general concern about progress across a range of subjects then you should contact Mr Pandya, Assistant Headteacher in charge of Progress Data and Assessment.
Year 7 and 8 reporting
In the absence of National Curriculum levels, all schools have been charged with the task of developing their own approach to assessment which meets the needs of their pupils at Key Stage 3. At Bishop’s we have decided to focus our reports in Years 7 and 8 to comment on the level of progress pupils are making in the various subjects they are studying.
Each pupil will be assigned an individual Pathways for each subject, these Pathways are not an indication of the pupil’s current ability but instead give an indication of the potential level of achievement at GCSE. Reports will measure the level of progress pupils are making in relation to their individual Pathway.
Pupils are placed on a Pathway based on a nationally recognised formula that uses Key Stage 2 standard assessment scores. We aim to make these Pathways challenging but realistic for pupils. The Pathways give pupils an idea of the path they are on in terms of their attainment. We consider it too soon to give Year 7 an accurate Pathway until the summer tracking report as they are still settling into secondary education and have yet to complete enough work in some subjects to provide reliable assessment data.
Year 9, 10 and 11 reporting
Since 1988, pupils, teachers and parents/carers have been familiar with National Curriculum levels as a tool for judging attainment and assessing progress in Key Stages 1 to 3, to be followed in Key Stage 4 by assessment linked to grades ranging from A* to G at GCSE. However, National Curriculum levels have been phased out, and the Year 7 cohort that joined Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School in September 2016 was the first to arrive from their Primary School without National Curriculum levels.
In addition to this, the grading system at Key Stage 4 has also changed. Since September 2015, subjects have been changing from A*-G to a number scale ranging from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). The first GCSE examination results to feature the numeric grading system were the English and Mathematics results in 2017. Changing the GCSE grading scale from eight letters (A*-G) to nine numbers (1 to 9) is not straightforward, and will result in a re-alignment of standards. Until there have been several years of these exams we will not know accurate grade boundaries for the new specifications, so there remains a degree of uncertainty about grading using the 9-1 scale.
In Years 9-11 we use GCSE 9-1 grades. We also use a combination of Target Grades, Predicted Grades and Current Grades to help us to track progress. To show how a pupil is progressing we compare the Predicted Grade with the Target Grade. This shows in a visual way whether a pupil is on target to meet or exceed her Target Grade.
- Purple = On target to achieve above Target Grade
- Green = On target to achieve Target Grade
- Yellow = Below Target Grade
- Red = Well below Target Grade
Using Go 4 Schools
We use an online reporting system called Go 4 Schools, it allows you to access your daughter’s academic achievement and progress in addition to other information the school holds about your daughter.
Logging on to Go 4 Schools
In order to log on to Go 4 Schools you will need to visit www.go4schools.com and click on the ‘Parents’ icon at the top right hand side. If it is the first time using the website, enter the email address registered with the school into the ‘first time user’ section and click ‘send me a password’. Go 4 Schools will then send you a password directly to the inbox of your registered email.
Upon receipt of the password, enter your email and new password into the top two boxes of the login page to gain access to the system. Once logged in you will be directed to a page to choose your daughter’s name, if you have more than one daughter at the school all their names will be listed.
Clicking on your daughter’s name directs you to their pupil page which includes various information including:
Residual scores – these show at a glance whether a pupil is on/above/below/well below their target grade in each subject. It should be noted that this data may depend on the point in the year when reports are produced, e.g. early in the year you might expect a greater number of grades to be below target.
- Today’s timetable – you can click on the link to view the full week. This also shows the names of all of a pupil’s teachers.
- Detailed progress – this shows the most recent grades in each subject. NOTE: we are currently not using the ‘breakdown’ function on this page, however we may add to it as we develop our use of the Go 4 Schools system.
- Attendance – this shows a pupil’s attendance up to and including the previous day.
- Progress and reports – shows the current data and past reports. Click on ‘View Report’ at the very bottom of the page to take you to the most recent full report. Details about the report are outlined below.