Brighton Hill Community School

21. Assessment Policy

Information & Policies

Published on - 04-12-2017

Summary

Each half term, there must be one main designated summative assessment (this will increase to 2 designated summative assessments per half term for English, Maths & Science) that leads to actionable feedback (see Feedback Policy) for students that supports them to make progress. The assessments will result in a grade that will help inform assessment during each Teacher Assessment (TA) cycle in each term. 

Subject Leaders should make key assessment opportunities clear on schemes of work to ensure actionable feedback is being given on these specific learning opportunities and should be recognised as such in lesson planning. This step should follow the Feedback Policy and will ensure that the time spent on giving feedback has maximum impact on student learning and progress. The outcomes of assessment and its feedback should be integral to future lesson planning and intervention. By focusing on specific assessment opportunities, teacher workload can be managed and feedback can be given more immediately on an assessment which will maximise its impact.

This policy does not cover PE at Key Stage 4, where students are not following a course

leading to a qualification. All BTEC courses and Controlled Assessments are exempt from this policy as per exam board requirements.

The grades from the designated summative assessments should be used to help create attainment grades in each term following the TA reporting calendar. This means Subject Leaders should plan their curriculum accordingly to allow sufficient time for their teams to complete such assessments before report deadlines. The final TA data entry will be based on both the designated summative assessments for that term and professional judgement from other key indicators such as formative assessment and home learning tasks.

Formative Assessment: Ongoing monitoring of student progress that shapes future lesson planning and intervention. This should not be graded, with the focus instead on positive actionable feedback to help students “close the gap” between their current and potential attainment (or challenge their learning further). 

Summative Assessment: This graded assessment will often come at the end of a module or course, and will form the basis of termly Teacher Assessment Data reports that follow the TA Calendar. As per the BHCS Feedback Policy, actionable feedback should be given on such assessments. 

Summative assessments could include any of the following 

In all cases, success criteria will be shared with students prior to the main designated summative assessment, indicating what is required to reach each flight path step (KS3) or grade (KS4). 

In carrying out this Assessment Policy, class teachers will adhere to guidance in the Feedback Policy.

Grades

Where a grade is given…

Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7 and 8 will be awarded grades based on their flight paths.  Flight paths are allocated, based on
 teacher assessments (TA) in English and mathematics, from primary schools
 baseline data completed in school

An assessed piece of work will therefore be given a fine graded step of for example 3-, 3 or 3+ (within their flight path)

Flight Path

Year 7

Year 8

Purple

3 and 4

4 and 5

Orange

2 and 3

3 and 4

Turquoise

1 and 2

2 and 3

and an indication of whether the student is working below, within or above that step.

Each Head of Faculty and Subject Leader will maintain a subject-specific description of each  step, and maintain an up-to-date spreadsheet recording the progress of each student, within these flight paths. 

Key Stage 4 

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will be awarded grades based on GCSE grades, either using a simple percentage system, or a UMS grade system provided by the examination awarding body. Subjects leading to a BTEC qualification will be awarded grades based on BTEC awarding grades (see Appendix 1). 

BTEC Courses

Separate regulations govern marking and assessment for BTEC courses, and are published and updated from time to time by Edexcel. Students’ work for BTEC courses will be marked and assessed in accordance with the current specification for that course. 

Monitoring

The use and correct implementation of the Assessment Policy will be monitored through

 

Appendix 1

Legacy GCSE

 

New GCSE

 

BTECs

A*

 

9

 

D*

Distinction

A1
A2
A3

 

8A
8B
8C

 

D1
D2
D3

 

B1
B2
B3

 

7A
7B
7C

 

M1
M2
M3

Merit

C1
C2
C3

 

6A
6B
6C

 

P1
P2
P3

Pass

D1
D2
D3

 

5A
5B
5C

 

L1P

Level 1 Pass

E1
E2
E3

 

4A
4B
4C

 

U

 

F1
F2
F3

 

3A
3B
3C

 

 

 

G1
G2
G3

 

2A
2B
2C

 

 

 

U

 

1A
1B
1C

 

U

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

Agreed by SLT: 04.12.17

Next review date: September 2019