KS3 Assessment Criteria
The government have recently removed National Curriculum levels as a means of assessment at Key Stage 3 and schools are now free to devise their own system of assessment. At the heart of assessment at Neatherd is the need for students to be aware of what knowledge, understanding and skills they have mastered and which areas they need to focus on in order to continue to make progress. We report to parents on three occasions throughout the year and in each report students are given a grade ranging from A*-F. The grade is preceded by either a 7, 8 or 9, depending on the year group that the student is in. It will be normal for students to remain on the same grade throughout the year and, possibly, throughout Key Stage 3. This does mean they are still making progress as the assessment criteria used in Year 8 and then Year 9 is suitably more challenging to help best prepare students for their GCSE courses.
The grades reported are a professional judgement taking into account knowledge, understanding and skills acquired so far in each year group. In addition to work completed in exercise books, the grade also considers other factors such as verbal feedback in class and presentations. The assessment criteria has been determined by each department and is specific for each year group and, in some cases, for each individual unit.