At Teignmouth Community School our students are assessed in a variety of different ways. Ongoing, formative assessment takes place during every lesson and is underpinned by our STRETCH model which aims to ensure that all our students maximise their potential. Students are given opportunities to engage with their feedback through a range of different methods. This may be through questioning, verbal feedback or marking with written feedback. We always look to help our students make progress and improve their work. We use these ongoing forms of continuous assessment alongside more formal summative testing to help inform our professional judgements regarding where we think a student is currently working and what we think they will achieve at the end of a course.
Parents’ Evenings have been introduced for all year groups for the first time in 2019-2020, responding to parent feedback. These are an essential part of our reporting process and we strongly encourage you to attend. We have two types of Parents’ Evening. In the Autumn Term a ‘Meet the Tutor’ event is an opportunity to meet with your child’s form tutor to discuss how your child has settled into the term and to consider targets for the coming year. Subject specific Parents’ Evenings are an opportunity to meet with your child’s subject teachers to discuss their progress in individual subject areas.
We always value your feedback and if you have a query regarding your child’s progress at another point during the school year please do not hesitate to contact your child’s form tutor, teacher or head of learning who will be happy to help. Staff email address can be found here.
|Year Group||Reporting Structure||Rationale|
|6th Form||4th December: parents’ evening|
22nd January: written reports
|Parents’ evenings enable staff to discuss upcoming PPE exams and how students have settled onto new courses.
Written reports enable staff to comment on exams so that targets can be created with time for them to be completed with impact.
|Year 11||18th December: written reports|
16th January: parents’ evening
|Written reports enable staff to comment on recent PPE exams.
Parents’ evening enables staff to discuss emerging gaps of knowledge and plan revision needed ahead of GCSES.
|Year 10||16th December: parents’ evening|
25th March: written repots
|Parents’ evening enable staff to discuss start to Year 10 and shape of year.
Written reports enable staff to comment on recent PPE exams.
|Year 9||7th November: parents’ evening|
25th March: written reports
|Parents’ evening enable staff to discuss how students have started their GCSEs and settled onto courses.
Written reports enable staff to guide students about upcoming PPEs and set targets.
|Year 8||18th Dec: written reports|
30th June: parents’ evening
|Written reports enable staff to guide parents and students about Options Choices.
Parents’ evening enables staff to provide streamlined feedback to students having made their options.
|Year 7||29th January: parents’ evening|
15th July: Written reports
|Opportunity to discuss how students have settled into secondary school and progress so far.
Written reports enable staff to comment holistically on student’s first year at secondary school.
All year groups will receive a report on their child’s progress three times a year. One of these reports will also have a written comment from staff. Parents/carers are also invited to a parents’ evening to discuss their child’s progress. Written reports and parents’ evenings have been spaced on the calendar so that the dialogue between staff and parents continues throughout the year.
Key Stage 3:
Following the national removal of levels in 2015, schools were given the opportunity to create their own assessment system. At Teignmouth Community School, the underlying principal of assessment at Key Stage 3 is that students are assessed against the key concepts and skills (STEPS) that departments have identified as being important to allow students to make progress in their subject areas. Steps progress from Grade 1 towards Grade 8. Students achieving at least STEP 5H at the end of Year 8 are on line to attain a strong pass (GCSE Grade 5) at the end of KS4 if they continue to progress at their current rate. TCS Steps are based on subject descriptors which are available to download here. (Printed copies are available on request.) These show the criteria that students need to achieve to demonstrate that they are working at a particular level and what they need to do to be able to move to the next level.
Our KS3 Assessment System is underpinned by the TCS Flight Path which demonstrates the likely progress that a student will make between KS3 and KS4 if they continue to progress at a constant rate.
A copy of the flight path can be seen here.
Key Stage 4:
Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum. For GCSE subjects students are assessed using the new grading system (9-1). The new reformed GCSEs are more demanding and designed to ensure that the UK’s education system matches those of the top performing countries in the world. At Teignmouth Community School we have high expectations for all of our students. We set all students an aspirational target grade based on their Key Stage 2 prior attainment using a DfE statistical model. It represents the progress expected by learners between Year 6 and Year 11.
As part of our reporting system KS4 students are awarded a predicted grade. This is the grade that the student is likely to achieve at the end of Year 11 if the student continues to make progress at the same rate. It is not a current working at grade. Students are awarded a GCSE PG based on a numerical system progressing from Grade 1 to Grade 9. A Grade 5 is recognised as a strong pass. If the student continues to make progress at their current rate we would expect them to achieve this grade at the end of KS4. Students are also awarded a current grade. This is the grade that the student is currently performing at. The gap between the current and predicted grade is the amount of progress that the student needs to improve their performance by.
Fine Grades are used for teachers to show where a students is predicted within a particular grade.
- A grade followed by a minus (e.g 4-) shows that a student is working towards the bottom of this grade.
- A whole grade (e.g 4) shows that a student is working in the middle of this grade.
- A grade followed by a plus (e.g 4+) shows that a students is working towards the top of this grade.
We value the views of all our parents and encourage you to attend our parent forums which are held once a term to share ideas and suggestions about how we can move our school forward. It is also an opportunity to provide feedback on new systems that we have been trialling. We meet once a term in an informal setting and the discussion and is driven by you. See our calendar page for the date and details of the next forum.