A group of parents attended our first parents forum this year on the topic of ‘understanding student progress at KS3’. During the evening Tracey O’Brien, senior deputy head, discussed the school approach to assessment and learning at KS3 (years 7, 8 and 9). Tracey outlined how the school decides on what level of work students should be focusing on and how our ‘Learning Journeys’ help the students. They enable the teacher to see exactly what the learners can and can’t do yet and guide them in to knowing what their next steps are. The parents got really engaged and we set up a small focus group to look at how we report to parents at KS3. Tracey will write up outcomes from the evening and put this on the website, together with the presentation from the forum over the next few weeks.
Feedback from parent Claire Wadham on the Parents’ Facebook page. “Just back from a really informative presentation and discussion with KS3 parents and Ms O’Brien about student progress in years 7-9.
I now understand so much more about how the school keeps a constant eye on our children’s progress and how they are themselves involved in assessing their own progress through subject ‘Learning Journeys’. We had a really interesting discussion about the motivational aspects of how progress can be reported and how they actually provide so much more detail about each student than is possible in the statutory termly report. It’s clear that a lot of energy and thought goes into tracking to support them at whatever level they are working. I was really pleased to hear that the school are actively seeking our views on reports. If you didn’t make it tonight, the slides will be on the school website soon.”