Progress, Assessment and Reporting
Ensuring that all Bluecoat Beechdale learners meet or exceed their potential is central to the academy’s day-to-day work. Our curriculum has been carefully designed to support all students to make progress from their individual starting points towards their personalised aspirational targets derived from their prior attainment.
We assess and record evidence of learning and progress in a number of ways in order to paint a holistic view of each student. This enables staff to work in partnership with parents to track, monitor and reward successes; stretch and challenge; anticipate barriers to learning; as well as support and intervene where required.
The Go4Schools online platform enables the effective communication of students’ progress, showing live data alongside their behaviour and attendance. At scheduled points throughout the year, each student’s progress data is ‘snapshotted’ and published to Go4Schools as a progress report which show progress trends over time. These can be accessed and viewed by parents digitally. Please click here to be taken to our ‘Supporting Your Child’ page for more information on Go4Schools.
Attitudes to Learning (AtL) are recorded by teachers alongside progress data to describe each student’s approach to their own learning. Grade descriptors indicate the types of attitudes students display and are used in order to guide and support students in becoming better learners. The descriptors for these can be seen below.
Key Stage 3 assessment (years 7 and 8) measures the progress made in each subject. Progress is tracked by teachers and feedback given in order to support students in moving forward. Progress data on Go4Schools indicates if students are above, in-line or below their individualised flight paths which are set on a trajectory from their KS2 starting point to their end of Key Stage 4 targets.
Key Stage 4 assessment (years 9 to 11) measures the progress made in each subject towards students’ individual target grades. Using ongoing teacher assessment of classwork and tested assessments, teachers record a projected grade which is the grade which the student is expected to achieve at the end of the course. A current ‘working at’ grade is also calculated using the academy’s tracking processes. There is a new grading system of GCSE grades of 1-9 where 9 is the highest grade awarded. This replaces the old A*-G grades. Please see below information regarding the new GCSE grading system.