Key Stage 3 Assessment
In 2013, the government published a document for schools on ‘Assessing without Levels’, in which it was explained that the old system of Levels at Key Stage 3 would be abolished and not replaced. They said the following:
We believe this system is complicated and difficult to understand, especially for parents. It also encourages teachers to focus on a pupil’s current level, rather than consider more broadly what the pupil can actually do. Prescribing a single detailed approach to assessment does not fit with the curriculum freedoms we are giving schools. The new programmes of study set out what should be taught by the end of each key stage. We will give schools the freedom to develop a curriculum which is relevant to their pupils and enables them to meet these expectations.
At Hazel Grove High School, we agreed that levels weren’t very accurate and that they were potentially distracting from learning and the feedback we actually wanted students to act on.
We have developed our own system of assessment which focuses primarily on improving the learning of our students, and developing and individual flight path.
At Hazel Grove High School, we have a deep trust in our expert staff of teachers and support staff and our assessment model reflects our trust in their expertise. We are always open to refining what we do and listening to the needs of parents. Over time, we hope that the national picture, with regards to assessment and qualifications, becomes clearer for parents and teachers alike, but in the meantime be rest assured that we have a high quality assessment model for your children at KS3.