The way we report at Brune Park has been designed and developed with staff, parents and students across the school. Reporting a child’s progress is complex, so we have set out to make it as clear as we possibly can.
If your child is working really hard in lessons and with homework, the effort and commitment grade will be a 1. If they are generally working really hard with minor lapses the grade will be a 2.
If your child receives a 3 for effort and commitment this is serious. If they receive a 4 this is very serious. In both cases a 3 or 4 shows that your child is underachieving because of how they are approaching their lessons and their homework. Their approach to learning has to improve as there is currently a serious risk that they are not making adequate progress, and consequently may not achieve the GCSE outcomes they are capable of.
This is the grade your child is expected to achieve in this subject in Year 11 at GCSE. Every child has a non-negotiable expected grade at GCSE that is generated from their KS2 SATS results. The government sets this non-negotiable expected grade so that every child, parent and school knows what they are capable of achieving at GCSE with hard work and effort throughout secondary school.
It is important that students, their parents and their teachers view learning and progress as a journey which takes five years. Strong, steady effort and commitment builds knowledge and develops skills across the five years and is the key to academic and social success at school. This is why we focus our reports on looking at the five year journey.
This grade will remain the same for your child throughout their secondary school career. Having this as a set grade means we can track your child’s progress against this non-negotiable expected grade at GCSE. We map the expected progress as a ‘flightpath’ – this is the path a child is expected to take each year, as they work towards Year 11.
Of course not every child’s ‘journey’ is straight and direct, a child develops different skills at different stages. The flightpath in GREEN shows what is expected for each child, in order to stay broadly on their flightpath, throughout their time in school.
There will be times when a child moves into BLUE – when they are ahead of their average flightpath. YELLOW – means they are currently below their average flightpath and their class teacher will be keeping a closer eye on their learning and progress. RED means they are behind their average flightpath and extra support and intervention needs to be in place (what this support and intervention looks like for each child varies between subjects and is based on the child’s need.)
You can tell if your child is broadly ‘on track’ for their flightpath, by working backwards from their non-negotiable expected grade. Remember for some children their flightpath is not direct and straight – they grow and develop at different stages.
For some subjects we see a spike in student progress in Year 9, after they have studied the subject for two years (often the case with Languages, Performing Arts and some of the Design subjects.)
A, B and C is used to break each grade into three, this means teacher assessment can be more accurate, so that lesson work and activities can be targeted to what the student needs more closely:
A – the student is secure and confident in this grade and working at the higher end of the grade
B – the student is working steadily at this grade
C – the student has reached this grade in a number of areas, but not yet securely
The current grade is awarded by the class teacher based on work completed in class, at home and a range of different assessments. This shows how your child is currently performing.
✭ Your child is doing well if they are receiving a 1 or 2 for effort and commitment, and they deserve praise and encouragement for this.
↑ If your child has a 1 or a 2 for effort and commitment, but is currently showing as below the average (green boxes), they will be laying strong foundations upon which to build – they need to keep up with their hard work and commitment and they will secure their non-negotiable expected grades in Year 11.
↑ If your child has a 1 or a 2 for effort and commitment, and is currently showing as ‘on’ or ‘above’ the average, their hard work and effort is paying off. They will be be laying strong foundations that mean with their hard work and commitment they may exceed their non-negotiable expected grades Year 11.
↓ You child is not doing as well as we expect if they recieve 3 or 4 for effort or commitment. They are underachieving and this is a concern.
↓ If your child has a 3 or 4 for effort and commitment, and is currently showing as below the average straight line, they need to improve their approach to learning as they are underachieving. They have to make changes to their approach and work extra hard in order to get back on track to secure their non-negotiable expected grades in Year 11.
↓ If your child has a 3 or 4 for effort and commitment, and is currently showing as ‘on’ or ‘above’ the average straight line, they are underachieving and are capable of exceeding their non-negotiable expected grade. We do not ever want a child to lack ambition or aspiration for what they can achieve, with hard work and effort. They have to make changes to their approach and work extra hard, in order to realise and exceed their potential.