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Barnwell School is committed to ensuring that every student fulfils his/her potential. To realise this aim, it is essential that the school operates effective strategies to assess student progress regularly and report on progress to the students, parents/carers, the SLT and Governing Body. Alongside this, the school will identify students at risk of underachieving and subsequently implement effective intervention strategies to address the underachievement.
Predicted end of year and end of Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 target grades are set at the beginning of each Key Stage for each student for every subject studied. These are based on prior attainment and baseline data.
Assessment is a continuous process, which is planned and developed as part of the schemes of work in every subject within the school. It is based upon both subjective and objective measures.
Assessments and Behaviour for Learning (B4L) is monitored regularly and Data Track progress reports are issued for every student to parents/carers each term. At Key Stage 3 the progress reports include current attainment and behaviour for learning. At Key Stages 4 and 5 the progress reports include current attainment and estimated grades.
In addition, information is also included about current attendance.
The purpose of the Interim Data Track progress check is to enable staff, parents and students to review current progress, identify targets for improvement, identify students at risk of underachievement and develop intervention strategies to address underperformance. The information also forms the basis of on-going mentoring discussions between students and Form Tutors or Head of College/Year Mentors as well as discussions between teachers, students and parents/carers at Parents’ Evenings.
All parents will have the opportunity to discuss the progress of their child with individual subject teachers during specific Year group parents’ evenings. Although these evenings are placed at strategic points in the year and extremely valuable, we actively encourage parents to keep in regular contact with subject teachers throughout the year, via email, phone calls or face-to-face meetings.
'Pupils and parents are positive about the teaching in the school. They described how teachers are committed to the progress of pupils and how they ‘go above and beyond to support them' Ofsted January 2018