Assessment & Reports - Years 7/8/9 (KS3)
Our system has been developed following the government’s decision to remove National Curriculum levels. We believe the Flightpath model leads to aspirational targets for students and a method for families to know how their child is doing. It also provides information so students and parents know what needs to be done to make even more progress.
What is a flightpath?
It is an estimate of the GCSE grades your child will be aiming for when they take their GCSE examinations in Year 11. Teachers have planned the curriculum to reflect the flightpath expectations for each student. This is explained below.
It is important to realise that the Flightpaths will vary between subjects.
Your child will be placed on one of three possible Flightpaths for each subject:
|BLUE: For students aiming for grades 7-9 in their GCSEs|
|PINK: For students aiming for grades 5-6 and above in their GCSEs|
|YELLOW: For students aiming for grades up to 4 and above in their GCSEs|
What do the flightpaths mean?
The main objective of the Flightpath model is to enable staff, students and parents to assess whether the appropriate progress is being made to achieve the highest possible outcomes. Projections based on attainment at Primary school tell us what grades we would expect students to be achieving at GCSE when they sit exams at the end of Year 11, through a series of checkpoints. Flightpaths show what skills and/or knowledge students are expected to have acquired, and by when, if they are to be on target to achieve those expected outcomes.
how is the flightpath for each subject decided?
This is determined by the professional judgement of our teachers. They are informed by a variety of information. This includes the attainment scores we receive from primary schools – SATs and teacher assessment, ‘base-line’ assessments that departments complete during your child’s first few weeks at Tomlinscote and national comparison information (ALPS projections). This informs staff’s professional judgement on the right level of challenge for individuals and their understanding of progress rates in their specific subject.
will my child be on the same flightpath for all subjects?
There is no requirement for students to be placed on the same Flightpath for all their subjects as we recognise that your child may display an aptitude and talent for specific subjects that will lead to improved outcomes.
can my child change flightpaths?
Yes. Teachers and subject leaders constantly monitor student performance and should the student’s performance over time indicate that a higher Flightpath would be beneficial, then it is raised. It would only be in exceptional circumstances that a Flightpath would be lowered.
What information is there to explain the flightpaths and where can i get it?
As a school we actively encourage families to be fully engaged in their child’s learning and promote discussion between Tomlinscote and home. Copies of the subjects' Flightpath criteria and supporting information about the structure of their curriculum are available via the school’s website, as well as via links included in the students' Go4Schools PDF reports. This provides an overview of the order in which subject content is covered, the skills and knowledge students should be acquiring in order to meet expectations and the same information for other Flightpaths so students know what to do in order to move onto a higher Flightpath.
How will i receive information about how my child is progressing?
The curriculum has been divided into Areas of Focus. Reports will be sent home each time students complete 2 of these areas. This means you will receive 3 reports per year.
The Flightpath report will indicate how your child has performed in assessments related to the Area of Focus they have been studying and the expected outcomes for the Flightpath your child is on for each subject. Your child’s progress in each Area of Focus will be reported on using one of three indicators shown below:
|+ : Your child is making above expected progress in this Area of Focus|
|= : Your child is making the expected amount of progress this Area of Focus|
|- : Your child is making below expected progress this Area of Focus|
We encourage parents to use these reports as an opportunity to assist with their children's learning and support us as we work together to ensure the best possible outcomes for each student. This can be done by looking at the expected outcomes for each Area of Focus (available on the school website), and also reviewing the feedback that has been given in the end of unit assessments and in the books. This will flag up areas of strength (WWW) and areas for development (EBI), as well as highlight what needs to be done to progress further.
What can i do if my child is working below expectations?
Communication is key. When a student is not making the progress we expect, this will be picked up by both the class teacher and subject leader, and will trigger appropriate intervention to support the student. Sometimes this will involve conversations with the student while on other occasions departments or a member of the Year Team may contact home to discuss underperformance and what additional support is needed. Should parents have any concerns regarding progress being made in a particular subject we strongly encourage them to contact the relevant subject leader.
How does my child compare nationally?
When the Government signalled the end of National Curriculum levels their intention was for schools to create their own assessment systems that would suit the needs of individual schools and their students. As such, schools nationwide have been creating assessment models that vary significantly. This means that comparisons can only be made through external examinations such as GCSEs. We believe our Flightpath model helps our students understand what they can currently do and provides guidance as to how to make progress.