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26/01/21

Need support accessing remote learning? Please email remotelearning.org.uk. We know it can be frustrating if you can't access the learning that is available, so we will do our best to help you. https://t.co/xbV5XD9goc

19/01/21

Congratulations to Active Science who take the flag pole for this half term. They the leading hub for Harris Points. Well done everyone whose hard work is earning those points, even from home! https://t.co/hl7p4FjI4k

15/01/21

“As an Academy we are here for you and as the HGA community we will stand strongest together.” See the Head of Academy’s weekly update here https://t.co/OYATFsFqDW https://t.co/d4m1tj3Lhm

14/01/21

are offering remote work experience placements to give students the chance to try out industries they are interested in. Please apply as soon as possible to have the best chance of success. Find out more https://t.co/e6N9BnZlgE

12/01/21

’s first weekly Live Cook-a-long DT Lesson went well today! Join us every week at 12:00pm to see Mr Sheppard in the kitchen. We didn’t think the pancakes would turn out so well! https://t.co/FBkRFfGQyb

11/01/21

Do you need more data to help you study? The government has launched a scheme to temporarily increase data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. Find out if you could benefit, and how to apply through the school, at https://t.co/Da16NxBtWM

11/01/21

Our 'Listening Ear' service is available to all families and students from Harris Garrard Academy. We are open 11am-1pm (by appointment only) every weekday during lockdown. You are not alone during this difficult time. Find out more https://t.co/4hiyB5Pyub https://t.co/FVtwyyVILV

31/12/20

Please see our Covid-19 Updates page for the latest details of start of term arrangements for Primary and Secondary students. Thank you as ever for your cooperation. https://t.co/rk5OIX1r12

14/12/20

We would like to wish you a restful break over this very different holiday season. Please remember there are lots of services that are open over the holidays should you or your family require additional support. Please see https://t.co/ZdDW2CVd8x

09/12/20

We're proud to publish our December 2020 newsletter, for both our primary and secondary phases, with stories from across this term. We hope you enjoy reading it! https://t.co/6GaOsar9gX https://t.co/wTHES7QhUW

07/12/20

Sydney, Year 7, has come 1st in the competition for this fabulous picture. Her art, which won the secondary school category, was inspired by a number of artists who were aiming to express diversity in their work. We're very proud of her! https://t.co/duobr5SpfC

02/12/20

Consultation opens today on our admissions arrangements for 2022-23. Please visit the link below for details and to give your views. The consultation ends on 13th January. Thank you. https://t.co/ykfqCW7T2C https://t.co/BZrJ08WV8o

01/12/20

We are consulting on our admissions arrangements for 2022-23. Your views are welcome. Please find full details at https://t.co/ykfqCW7T2C. Thank you. https://t.co/mUIS5IOEZ7

13/11/20

We loved Rukiat's poem, "I Am The Black Child", which he wrote for our Black History Month competition. Rukiat, Year 9, won first prize in the writing category. See all the winners at https://t.co/gRwk3ZziTn https://t.co/5Cl6OKVwn6

13/11/20

Well done to Judith, Year 9, for winning 1st place in the art category of our competition. Great drawing and a strong message too. See all the winners at https://t.co/gRwk3ZziTn https://t.co/uZtGzhEPNK

11/11/20

Today we were proud to stand in silence around our school's wall of poppies to remember those who gave their lives for us, and the importance of peace and unity https://t.co/DQOOA1auBH

07/11/20

The end of another wonderful week of learning at Harris Garrard at the end of the 🌈! https://t.co/ZyxaHQXAxF

05/11/20

We enjoyed seeing this today... 🌈 https://t.co/SvSrrwMETb

14/10/20

Dear students, we hope you have a restful half term from Fri. If you have any emotional concerns or worries over the holiday, remember you can get support from . It’s free, safe and easy to use. Watch the video below to find out more https://t.co/hfAVDIk4de

12/10/20

Announcement Winter PE Kit - A Quick Reminder for Parents https://t.co/Ho2vK3YWf9

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Assessment

All students in the academy are assessed regularly, with a formal assessment at least once per term.

These tests aim to develop students' exam technique and enable them to demonstrate depth of knowledge, critical thought and, for many subjects, their practical skills. Most importantly, they are used to help gauge progress and to take action to improve your child's learning and progress.

In order to keep you informed about your child's progress, we will report back to you at three points during the academic year - one report for every term. These reports will summarise the academic (based on the termly assessments) and non-academic progress they have made.

What a report looks like

You can download an annotated version of a sample Year 7 report (pictured below) which highlights the key elements.

Template for Website

The report has two main sections:

Top. Attendance and behaviour feature heavily in this section as they are important markers to a student’s final exam grades. Past years have shown that students with attendance over 97% will unsurprisingly achieve better results on average than those with poorer attendance. This is also true for behaviour and as such, both attendance and behaviour are monitored carefully throughout the year to ensure early intervention. We do not act just on poor attendance or behaviour but have a reward system for those students with good attendance and/or behaviour.

Middle. This section shows the subjects that are being taken alongside their most recent assessment grade. A predicted grade is also shown which serves as a guide to what the teacher believes the student is likely to achieve at the end of Year 11 based on their recent assessments, classwork and homework. Finally, a student’s attitude to leaning, quality of homework, and presentation of work is also measured and marked where 1 is outstanding and 4 is inadequate.


What grade should my child be achieving?

The minimum expected grade is complicated as it is based on the actual marks in KS2 tests (or CATs tests for pupils who did not sit KS2 test) rather than the levels. Our target grades are based on the latest DfE tables, with the target being formulated by our expectation that pupils can achieve one grade higher than the national average. Your child's target grade reflects our expectation that they can meet or exceed at least a grade higher than the national average.

As the tests are designed to cover material that has been taught, we would expect pupils to be able to achieve their target grade at each assessment point. Therefore, maintaining their target grade in a following assessment point would demonstrate that they have made progress because they will have achieved that grade having been tested on a greater quantity of topics. Exceeding their target grade would be exceptional as it would show that they are achieving well beyond expectations.


What happens after the assessments have taken place?

After the assessments have taken place, teachers will review progress in teams and with pupils. Teachers will share the grades as well as strengths and areas to improve with pupils. We expect all pupils to take time to reflect on their progress and to ensure they take the actions needed to improve.

At HGA, we have a fluid banding (setting) cycle which works in tandem with the assessment cycle. After the assessment point, teachers sit down with Directors in English, Mathematics and Science and review the current ability bands pupils are in. They use the assessment data but will also discuss classwork and homework in making decisions about any banding changes. The curriculum has been designed so that the blocks for English, Maths and Science are independent of one another. We understand that learning is not linear and this system allows for pupils to change the band they are in 2-3 times a year and for different subjects. The aim of this is to ensure the pace of the lesson best suits their learning needs and it maximises the chances of them achieving excellent grades by the end of Year 11.   


Our assessment and grading systems explained

Due to the changes in GCSE specifications we have adapted our assessments and grading systems so that they adhere to the new specification requirements. We have worked with the Harris Federation and, having consulted exam boards, we are moving towards a model where all of our termly assessments are externally set, standardised and graded.


Defining low, middle and high attainers

Key Stage 4 Performance Tables

Definitions are based on the Key Stage 2 test results attained by pupils on completion of the primary school phase:

  • Low attaining = those below Level 4 in the KS2 tests
  • Middle attaining = those at Level 4 in the KS2 tests
  • High attaining = those above Level 4 in the KS2 tests

Key Stage 2 results used to calculate prior attainment

From 2017 onwards, reading and mathematics test results only will be used in calculating Key Stage 2 prior attainment fine levels for use in Progress 8. For 2016 and for 2015 for schools opting in early to Progress 8, overall English and mathematics Key Stage 2 test results were used to calculate prior attainment. This is summarised in the table below.

Progress 8 measure by year

 

 

KS4 Cohort

KS2 Cohort

KS2 tests used in calculating prior attainment fine level bands

2015

2010

English and mathematics

2016

2011

English and mathematics

2017

2012

Reading and mathematics

2018

2013

Reading and mathematics

For the Key Stage 4 tables, where we are looking at Key Stage 2 prior attainment, we calculate the pupil’s average points score and classify those with a points score of less than 24 as low; those between 24 and 29.99 as middle, and those with 30 or more as high attaining.

Where teacher assessment is used as a proxy for test results, we take the whole level and allocate the appropriate points relating to the mid-range of the level.

The Key Stage 2 data helps us to allocate pupils to appropriate groups when they first arrive to the academy and enables us to support pupils more effectively. For example, lower ability pupils may have extra scaffolding to help them to understand concepts and higher ability pupils may be invited to specialist ‘stretch and challenge’ workshops.


For a more in-depth explanation of our assessment policy, you can download our assessment policy from our teaching and learning page. As this is the second year of our new assessment regime, this policy will be updated regularly as we continue to embed, evaluate and improve the new system.