How assessment is changing at Myton

Key Stage 3

The systems schools use for describing students’ progress and reporting this home to parents is changing. The new National Curriculum (introduced September 2014) no longer has assessment levels and although schools are being told they must continue to assess, and report to parents, the progress children are making in Key Stage 3, there is no national system and instead schools are encouraged to create their own. This new system will be required for Year 7 students from September 2016.

Throughout 2015-16 Myton School worked with local primaries and other secondary schools to create a system of assessment that will continue throughout Key Stages 2 & 3 to support a smooth transition from primary to secondary school. For the current year 8, however, we will continue to use our current system of sub-levels, e.g. 5.2, 5.5, 5.8 etc. with the descriptors amended to reflect the changes to the new content in the National Curriculum.

What does this mean for your child?

 
Year 7
Year 8
Sept 2016

Starting courses based around the new National Curriculum content

Assessed using our new system where students will be graded as ‘exceeding’, ‘secure’ or ‘developing’ in each subject area.

Continuing courses based around the new National Curriculum content

Assessed using modified National Curriculum sub-levels e.g. 5.2, 5.5, 5.8 etc.

Sept 2017

Starting courses based around the new National Curriculum content

Assessed using new system where students will be graded as ‘exceeding’, ‘secure’ or ‘developing’ in each subject area.

Continuing courses based around the new National Curriculum content

Assessed using our new system where students will be graded as ‘exceeding’, ‘secure’ or ‘developing’ in each subject area.

Key Stage 4

GCSEs are also changing over the next few years and as Myton delivers a three-year Key Stage 4 we start earlier than other schools. Over several years there are a series of changes, starting with English and maths in the first round. This is followed by History, Geography and Sciences the next year and most other subjects the year after. The new GCSEs will not be graded A*-G, instead they will be graded 9-1. We will deliver a curriculum that reflects these changes and prepares our students for the new style exams. We will assess students’ progress and report home to parents using the new style GCSE grading when it is appropriate to do so.

What does this mean for your child?

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Sept 2016

New GCSEs in most subjects started and assessed using NEW GCSE grading system of 9-1. Exception is ICT.

BTECs unchanged and assessed in Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass at either Level 1 or 2.

New GCSEs in English, maths, sciences, History and Geography continued and assessed using NEW GCSE grading system of 9-1.

GCSEs in Business Studies, ICT, Design Technology and RE assessed using GCSE grades A*-G.

New GCSEs in English and maths continued and assessed using NEW GCSE grading system of 9-1

Other GCSEs and BTECs unchanged and assessed using GCSE grades A*-G and BTEC grades D*-P

Sept 2017

New GCSEs in all subjects started and assessed using NEW GCSE grading system 9-1.

BTECs unchanged and assessed in Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass at either Level 1 or 2.

New GCSEs in most subjects continued and assessed using NEW GCSE grading system of 9-1. Exception is ICT.

BTECs unchanged and assessed in Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass at either Level 1 or 2.

New GCSEs in English, maths, sciences, History and Geography continued and assessed using NEW GCSE grading system of 9-1.

GCSEs in Business Studies, ICT, Design Technology and RE assessed using GCSE grades A*-G.

BTECs unchanged and assessed in Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass at either Level 1 or 2.

Sixth Form

The government has also been reforming A Levels, and although the grading (and therefore the way we report progress to parents) is not changing, there will be new style A Level specifications and examinations rolled out over the next few years.

What does this mean for your child?

 
Year 12
Year 13
Sept 2016

New style A Levels in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, English language, English literature, history, art and design, business, computer science, economics, sociology, maths, further maths, geography, modern and ancient languages, RS, D&T, drama, dance, music and PE.

Preparing for stand-alone AS qualifications (exams to be sat in June 2017) where appropriate, or A Level qualifications (exams to be sat in June 2018).

Other A Level and Level 3 BTECs unchanged.

Continuation of new style A Levels in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, English language, English literature, history, art and design, business, computer science, economics and sociology.

Preparing for A Level qualifications (exams assessing two years of study to be sat in June 2017).

Other A Level and Level 3 BTECs unchanged.

Sept 2017

All A Levels are new style qualifications.

All AS exams, where sat, are stand-alone qualifications.

Continuation of new style A Levels in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, English language, English literature, history, art and design, business, computer science, economics, sociology, maths, further maths, geography, modern and ancient languages, RS, D&T, drama, dance, music and PE.

Preparing for A Level qualifications (exams assessing two years of study to be sat in June 2018).

Other A Level and Level 3 BTECs unchanged.

Sept 2018

All A Levels are new style qualifications.

All AS exams, where sat, are stand-alone qualifications.

All A Levels are new style qualifications.

A Level exams assessing two years of study to be sat in June 2019.

 

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