We realised early on that adapting KS3 assessment would prove challenging, but also exciting. A chance to create a school specific method of recording attainment and that is what it actually is, a method of recording attainment. The way we help the pupils learn through assessment, formative discussions, summative next step targets doesn’t change. Pupils still want to know how they can learn more, improve on application of that learning, and ultimately come out the other side better for it, thus meaning the primary focus of our job does not change.
The attainment graph our humanities faculty is using allows pupils to plot their own flight paths, so they can see which areas of the curriculum they are succeeding in and areas they need to develop, our role is to sign post those sills that will transform areas for development into success.
Combining the language of assessment with a KS3 to 4 system is a great way of improving transitions for the pupils, and will help us to increase the focus on ‘effort’ leading to attainment.
The stickers are a visual representation of the pupils effort and link to the next step targets.
Next Step Targets: Oakfield Humanities Faculty
- Keep my exercise book more organised
- Take care with my presentation
- Ensure that my effort is at a high level to complete the task set
- Listen to all verbal instructions and explanations
- Make a plan of all the key points before I start my written work
- P.E.E., Point, Evidence, Explain
- Respond to the challenges set in my work and lessons
- Complete my homework
- Contribute to class discussions
- S.P.A.G.: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
- Increase my participation in group tasks
- Have you used the correct locations?
- Apply the key words and tricky terms from your learning