Assessment is now used in a multitude of ways, it is a vital component in effective teaching and learning, and an important tool by which to raise achievement. Assessment is an ongoing process and is used by school leaders and teachers to judge what progress students have made with their understanding, and to provide information on how they can be helped to move forward. The process of feedback to students and parents is essential so that they can be actively involved in monitoring their progress and work with the school should additional intervention be required.


At Ousedale we want our students to achieve well and aim for them to match the performance of students in the best performing 25% of schools. We set, therefore, challenging but realistic targets for our students, taking into account their prior attainment. Targets can vary between different subjects because nationally students perform better in some subjects than others. For example, targets are often higher in Maths because nationally the average levels are higher. Likewise, French and Spanish may be lower as the average national levels are lower.


Targets in English, Maths, Science, RS, Geography and History are set using NFER CAT scores, along with any Key Stage 2 teacher assessment data received from your child’s primary school.

For all other subjects, the same process is used to set targets but these departments will also have some input into the final target due to the practical nature of these subjects. Targets are given using the Ousedale Key Stage 3 level scale, from 3.1 to 3.9 where 3 is the key stage and the second digit is the level.

We would expect students to make three levels of progress across Key Stage 3, and progress is tracked against this end point to allow departments to intervene where necessary.


At Key Stage 4 account is taken of all the information available to us about your child, including their Key Stage 2 and 3 results and their NFER CAT scores. We use Fischer Family Trust  probability information to help decide on the target grade. In Year 10, the interim target is generally one grade lower than the end of course target unless the course has a high component of coursework, when the end of course target would be used. Progress is judged against the target grade so that we can identify where students may need extra support.

Nationally, the expected average grade is C/B.

You will be sent information about your child’s progress and/or attitude to learning three times a year in a Progress Review.

Should you have any queries about how your child’s target has been set, do not hesitate to contact either your son/daughter’s Pastoral and Academic Leader (PAL) or Mrs. N Wheatland for Key Stage 3 and Mr P McFadden for Key Stage 4.

Year 10 and 11 Coursework and Extended Projects.

Coursework is an important part of your child's studies and we encourage parents and students to discuss coursework deadlines regularly. If you have any questions about the coursework element of a course please contact your child's teacher.

Many courses have an element of controlled assessment. This is work which is carried out in lessons under the supervision of a member of staff. Your child may have some preparation to do at home to enable them to complete this.


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