KS3 Assessment – Challenge Stalham!
In September 2023, we launched a fresh new approach to KS3 assessment.
We believe that the purpose of KS3 education is for students learn a vast range of knowledge which develops them as learners, intellectuals and citizens. This knowledge will go on to be the foundation of KS4 study and beyond. As such, the content and implementation must be carefully considered.
We recognise that KS3 learners are at an exciting point in their cognitive development. Knowledge should be cultivated, revisited, and tested, so that students become resilient and confident in their application of facts, processes, and procedures.
Our method of assessment at KS3 is simple.
- We test knowledge throughout the academic year, ensuring that assessments conducted in the Spring and Summer terms revisit knowledge from earlier points in the year.
- Students are given their raw mark following each assessment, and an accompanying percentage. These are recorded in assessment trackers in exercise books.
- Written feedback is given in the form of ‘strength’ and ‘do now’. Students are given time to respond to their ‘do now’ tasks to ensure understanding of feedback given.
- We do not issue data-driven targets to our KS3 students. We simply encourage all students to challenge themselves to master the curriculum content taught and delivered.
- Their target therefore, is to achieve 100%!
Regular school reports provide parents/carers with an overview of their child’s performance each term. Expressed as a termly average percentage, this information helps all members of the Stalham High community to support students in their acquisition of knowledge and to progress through high school.
Percentages are easy to understand. They show the proportion of subject material mastered by students and help teaching staff to plan specific interventions and support.
We provide supporting statistics in our termly reports to help parents/carers to understand the context of the percentages. This information leads to productive conversations with teaching staff about a student’s progress through the curriculum content.
In KS3, we are focussed on developing students as learners, building foundational knowledge, and encouraging a positive and resilient attitude toward learning and growth. This prepares students for study in KS4 where GCSE grades are used to assess progress.