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Assessment


This page is designed to help you understand the assessment process at Prince Henry's.

Centre Assessed Grades 2020

The information below explains how Centre Assessed Grades were produced at Prince Henry’s Grammar School.

Following the cancellation of this summer’s examinations schools were asked to provide Centre Assessed Grades. The Department for Education provided initial guidelines for all schools regarding how this should be completed. Prince Henry’s staff followed this guidance throughout the process, taking the following steps:

  1. For each subject, the Subject Leader identified the specific range of evidence that would be used to indicate the level of performance for each student. Examples of evidence selected includes:
     - The results of recent standardised assessments
     - Performance in official Non-Exam Assessments (NEAs), where applicable
     - Performance in any ‘mock’ examinations / timed essays etc.
     - Quality of home learning
     
  2. SLT reviewed the range of evidence proposed by the Subject Leader to ensure it would provide a robust indicator of student performance
     
  3. Class teachers used the agreed evidence, took into consideration the average trajectory of improvement from March to the examination, and produced a Centre Assessed Grade for each student.
     
  4. Class teachers reviewed any ‘special considerations’ to be applied to individual students and amended the Centre Assessed Grade to reflect this.
     
  5. Centre Assessed Grades were moderated by Subject Leaders and Faculty Leaders. This involved checking for any bias, over inflation or under inflation of grades.
     
  6. SLT reviewed grades across different subjects to check overall school performance was within normal ‘tolerance’ of historic school performance and expectations based on the prior attainment of the year group.

How You Can Support Good Progress

Each year parents/carers of students in Years 7-13 receive feedback on their child's progress through three "Progress Reports". In addition, there is a Parents' Evening for each year group when you have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with subject teachers. See the document at the bottom of this page to help you get the most out of these opportunities for supporting your child's progress, and to help you understand the KS3 Assessment System at Prince Henry’s.

Here are some ideas about how to make the best use of Progress Reports with your son or daughter:

  • Students have Minimum Estimated Attainment grades. This is the MINIMUM we ESTIMATE your child to ATTAIN.
  • Remember when talking over the report with your son or daughter that “On Track” means that they are working to a standard that sees them ‘On Track’ to achieve the MEA shown in the right hand column.
  • Remember when talking over the report with your son or daughter that “Above Track” means that they are working to a standard that sees them likely to achieve beyond their current MEA shown in the right-hand column. If a student is “Above Track” in two consecutive progress reports their MEA will be increased to the next band.
  • Students with an 8/9 MEA will not be marked as “Above Track” as 8/9 is the highest MEA achievable.
  • “Below Track” or “Significantly Below Track” judgements would indicate that your child is working to a standard that would see them miss out on their MEA grade. Where this is the case, talk it over and find out what is going wrong. Contact us straight away if there is something we can do to help that we are not already doing.
  • Check that the “On Track”/“Below Track” judgements are written into the Student Planner (there is a specific page for this). That way they can be referred to at any time.
  • Check that there are action targets in the Student Planner and/or students’ exercise book. It’s no good your child knowing that they are below track if they don’t know what to do to get back on track. Even if they are doing well, they still need to know how to make even more progress.
  • As you get the second and third Progress Report of the year, you can measure the progress made in each subject. If your child remains “On track” in subjects you can celebrate with them, or discuss what needs to happen if there is limited or no progress.
  • Above all, celebrate successes and identify areas for improvement. This will reinforce the work that Personal Tutors and Subject Tutors are doing to support your child in maximising their achievements.

The presentation below is from the annual KS3 Curriculum and Information Evening.