As our children continue to develop here at Thistley Hough Academy, it is important that we keep you up to date with how your child is doing personally. The news is filled with information about “attainment” and “progress”, with stories of how schools and students alike are judged on these two measures. Einstein once said “Everything should be as simple as possible; but not simpler”; with this in mind we will take this opportunity to explain a little about how your child is assessed and monitored at Thistley Hough Academy.
Your child’s teachers will be assessing them throughout every lesson: this could be how willing they are to answer a difficult question, considering the words they use in an answer or their responses to a particular task. Regularly teachers will take workbooks and other portfolios of work in for marking where, using our STEP procedure, students have the opportunity to respond and develop because of their individual feedback. Of course, at key points students will complete more formal assessments or tests, and indeed later in the Academy students in years 10 and 11 will complete “mock exams”, leading to the real thing in the Summer of year 11.
There are four points during the year that we will deliberately collect assessment information from teachers about your child: November, January, March and June/July. We collect information on how well your child is doing in each subject (their attainment) and how well they are responding to the learning experience (their attitude to learning, or AtL). Both of these pieces of information are sent home in our school reports. These reports will contain key information relating to attendance, and information about key staff to contact. The main body will look a little like this:
Your child’s attainment is colour coded against their target for that point in the year, using a colour scale from “significantly below” to “significantly above”
An AtL of 1 is exceptional, but he majority of students should receive at least a 2 from each subject. 3s and 4s may indicate issues around classwork, homework, behaviour and other factors, so it is worth contacting the class teacher to discuss these if they appear. Further to this, we hold Parent’s consultation evenings across the calendar for different year groups, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your child in more detail with their teachers:
|Year Group||Parents Evening Date(s)|
|7||Wednesday 20th June 2018|
|8||Wednesday 9th May 2018|
|9*||Wednesday 14th March 2018|
|10||Wednesday 7th February 2018|
|11||Wednesday 6th December 2017
Wednesday 28th February 2018
Please be aware that for year 9, Wednesday 14th March 2018 is also planned to be “Options Evening” to help students choose their GCSE and BTEC subjects going forward.
For year 11, there are some key dates to be aware of relating to formal, external examinations. These exams cannot be rearranged for any reason, and so it is essential that students involved are punctual in attending them; we ask for your support in ensuring that medical appointments and holidays are particularly avoided in the run up to these dates, and during the exam periods themselves:
BTEC Child Development – 10th January 2018
BTEC Travel and Tourism – 11th January 2018
Year 11 Mock Exams – throughout January 2018
We will continue to keep you up-to-date with key dates and guidance on how to support your child throughout the year; but of course, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Who to contact for further information?
|For information about:||Who to contact|
|Your child’s overall school performance||Their Head of Year and/or Form Tutor|
|Your child’s performance in a subject||The subject teacher, in the first instance|
|Examinations||Mrs. Sarah McGregor, Exams
|Data and Assessment in general||Mr. David Fenney, Assistant Principal, Director of Assessment and Data|