Assessment and Reporting
Assessment and reporting at Verulam is planned to maximise progress and academic outcomes. They are planned for key points in the year for all year groups, providing clear information about progress, attitude to learning and next steps guidance.
There are 3 formal data captures in each year, which also includes formal examinations. The whole system is designed around making sure the school -parent-student relationship has clear lines of communication to support, guide and challenge every student in all of their subjects.
From September 2023, students and parents will receive real-time assessment judgements on the extent of student learning through DPR. These judgements will tend to change regularly and therefore we encourage parents to log in to DPR frequently and have conversations with their child about their progress. During parents’ evening, we will provide the child’s DPR in printed form, which reflects the progress made by students at that specific time. Parents will be able to view their child’s Academic Report as a PDF document within DPR at the end of each term.
For all students, we record and report a judgement on the key learning objectives which we colour code to mean the following:
NOT YET ASSESSED
This means the teacher has not yet assessed the understanding of the learning objective.
This means the student has shown some understanding of the learning objective
This means the student has shown good understanding of the learning objective, but they need to practise more to secure their understanding
This means the student has shown excellent understanding of the learning objective
The table below shows what we record and report:
|What we collect||What they mean||How we show progress||For which year group?|
|ATL||Attitude Towards Learning||1 = Outstanding;||All|
|2 = Good;|
|RI = Requires Improvement;|
|Self-regulation||The extent to which students organise themselves without intervention from teachers or adults||N/A = Not Applicable||All|
|On/Off Track||The professional judgement made by teachers indicating if the student is on/off track against what they are expected to learn||Y=Yes||Years 7, 8, 9|
|Grades||Current Grade: This is the grade your child has achieved from a recent test||We subdivide grades thus:||Years 10, 11|
|Projected Grade: This is our best estimate, using the professional judgment of the teacher, of what your child will achieve at the end of KS4 course. It is based on how well they are progressing at the moment.||7a: highly secure|
If a child makes the expected progress between Year 7 and Year 11, it will look something like this:
|Students’ starting points at KS2, upon entry to Verulam||Allocated pathway(s) for the student||Expected Year 11 GCSE grades|
|Progress significantly above the expected level of attainment at KS2||X||9|
|A||7, 8, 9|
|Progress the same as the expected level of attainment at KS2||B||5, 6|
|Progress below the expected level of attainment at KS2||C||3,4|
|Progress significantly below the expected level of attainment at KS2||D||1,2|
|S||up to 1|