At Key Stage 3 all of our students sit the GL CAT4 Cognitive Abilities Test and New Group Reading Tests (NGRT). The reason for these assessments is to provide the academy with further information on each student’s current level of attainment against the national average. This information also supports our teachers’ professional judgement on the attainment that is generated through classwork, homework and internal assessments. These assessments form part of a students profile, along with their Key Stage 2 outcomes and feeder school transfer information. This information will assist in the identification of those students who require intervention, SEND provision, subject setting, GCSE options and establishing targets for the end of Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 3 Assessment Point data will generate ‘Attainment’ data for each student within each subject, which will be reported to the student and their parents/carers in relation to the subject’s Age Related Expectations. This ‘Attainment’ data is based upon their prior ability upon entry and is a holistic grade that is generated from previous work.

Attainment Grade Descriptor
Exceptional On track to achieve grades 8 or 9 in GCSE at the end of Year 11
Advanced On track to achieve grades 6 or 7 in GCSE at the end of Year 11
Secure On track to achieve grades 5 or 4 in GCSE at the end of Year 11
Developing On track to achieve grades 1 to 3 in GCSE at the end of Year 11

Students that achieve ‘exceptional’, ‘advanced’ or ‘secure’ are considered to be working in line with Magna Academy’s and Age Related Expectations.

All Key Stages

Other factors:
In addition to a student’s attainment, the following areas use the scale of Excellent, Good, Satisfactory & Unsatisfactory to measure:

Attitude to Learning This looks at a student’s work ethic, approach and engagement in their learning.
Behaviour This looks at how well a student is conducting themself.
Homework completion and quality This considers all of the work that has been submitted, the standard that is being produced and wider reading.
Personal Organisation This is a judgement on how well prepared a student is for learning, the smartness of their uniform/appearance, having the correct equipment and their punctuality to lessons.
Attendance Percentage of student’s authorised attendance.
Positive Behaviour Points The number of positive points awarded by staff and where they are against the year group average.
Negative Behaviour Points The number of negative points awarded by staff and where they are against the eyar group average.

Key assessment dates

Year 7  Year 8  Year 9

Where next

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