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Parents’ Guide to Assessment, Reporting & Homework

How will my child know what to do to improve in each subject?

Your child will be given feedback from her teachers in a range of ways including:

  • Verbal feedback in response to her work and the answers she gives during lessons.

  • Feedback on how she has done in quizzes and other low-stakes assessments.

  • Guidance on how to self-assess her own work. Peer and self-assessment is used regularly to give students feedback on their progress and understanding. This should be done with green pen.

  • Marking codes written on her classwork, homework or assessments.

  • Full written feedback on specific pieces of work. This could be in students’ books, assessment folders and/ or test papers. Students should respond to this feedback in green pen.

How often will my child’s work be marked?

  • Exercise books are monitored at least once every three weeks: this might be a simple check to see that the work is completed to a good standard.

  • Graded assessments are marked at least once a half term.

  • Full written feedback on specific pieces of work is provided at least once a half term in most subjects. For some Key Stage 3 subjects which have lessons less frequently, the feedback is given at least once a term.

How is homework designed?

We have followed the advice of the education researchers to design our homework policy. Studies in school across the world have shown that homework is most effective in supporting children’s learning when:

  • Students spend between one and two hours per school day on homework and independent learning. Older pupils should spend slightly longer. Quality is more important than quantity in homework.

  • Planned and focussed activities are set when they best support the learning in school. Homework will not always be for the same amount of time every week.

  • Children do a variety of homework tasks, including some more challenging activities.

 What kind of homework will my child receive?

A variety of different tasks will be set for homework through the year, including:

  • Consolidation tasks, including completing worksheets and answering questions

  • Revision or memorisation tasks

  • Flipped learning tasks and pre-reading

  • Specified research tasks or extended learning projects

  • Following specific feedback given on previous work

  • Completing online quizzes or watching specified online videos

  • Writing, including completion of coursework tasks

  • Practice of a musical instrument or other practical activities

What will the progress checks and reports tell me?

Each term, your child will receive a shorter Progress Check or a longer Full Report, including:

  • Her working at grades

  • Her target grades and aspirational targets

  • Her attitude to learning and independent learning grades

  • Her records for attendance and punctuality

  • Her numbers of achievement points, behaviour points and conduct points

In addition, the full annual report also contain written target comments from each subject teacher and her form tutor. This gives information on how she can make further progress in each subject.

 How will the parents’ evening be held this year?

We will hold all parents’ evenings in school 4:30pm-6:45pm (not on line).

The dates are on the parents’ calendars and on the school website.