KEY STAGES & THEIR ASSESSMENTS
|Infant||5-6||1||1||Phonics screening check|
|6-7||2||By Teacher in English, Maths & Science|
|10-11||6||By Teacher and National Tests in English, Maths & Science|
|Lower Secondary||11-12||3||7||Ongoing by Teacher|
|12-13||8||Ongoing by Teacher|
|13-14||9||Ongoing by teacher|
|Upper Secondary||14-15||4||10||Some pupils take some GCSEs|
|15-16||11||Most children take GCSEs and other national qualifications|
HOW IS YOUR CHILD DOING?
You should be given your child’s levels every year from year 1 to 11.
Pupils should know what their target grades are. Most schools track pupil’s performances and these targets can change during the course. If you don’t know the targets contact the school.
NATIONAL CURRICULUM LEVELS
|End of||Below Expected||Expected||Beyond Expected||Exceptional|
|KS4||4,5 (C)||6,7||8||8,9 (A*)|
|Approx GCSE Grade||G,F,E||D,C||B,A||9 (level 9 is above A*)|
GRADES AND THEIR IMPORTANCE
KS1 results can give early signs of educational problems.
KS2 results are often used by secondary schools for setting the new yr7 intake classes.
KS3 results are often used for setting yr10 GCSE classes.
KS4 results shows potential for taking A levels.
Each school has to conform to a Code of Practice concerning their provisions for special needs children.
Our advice is to contact the school’s SENCO. (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) immediately if you are concerned with your child’s progress.
All Schools Must Publish online the following:-
The content of their schools curriculum in each academic year for every subject,including Religious Education even if it is taught as part of another subject or subjects, or is called something else.
The names of any phonics or reading schemes used in key stage 1.
A list of the courses available to pupils at key stage 4,including GCSEs.
How parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum the school is following.
Key stage 3 Compulsory Subjects
English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education, Citizenship, Computing. Schools must provide Religious Education (RE) and sex education from key stage 3 but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.
Key stage 4 Compulsory Subjects
During key stage 4 most pupils work towards national qualification- usually GCSEs or BTEC level 2.
Core subjects are :- English, Maths, Science.
Foundation subjects are:- Computing, Physical Education, citizenship.
School must also offer at least one subject from each of the following:- Arts, Design & Technology, Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages.
They must also offer RE and sex education, Schools use a variety of approaches to setting in subjects and individual schools will be able to provide further details of their processes.
2018 is the second year that reformed GCSEs grades 9 to 1 have been awarded. The New GSCEs are being phased in. This year About 90% of GSCE entries in England were for reformed GCSEs, By 2020 all GCSEs will be inline with this policy and will be graded 9 to 1. GCSEs are assessed mainly on written exams and elements completed throughout the course ie projects, fieldwork, artwork, experiments, investigations. Not all GCSEs are assessed in the same way. Art & design for example have more coursework and fewer exams, Some GCSE courses are made up of units where the pupils take exams at the end of each unit while others involve exams at the end of the course.
Post 16 – A Levels and other Level 3 Courses
Level 3 vocational qualifications are often BTECs and may be the equivalent of 1,2 or 3 A levels. Schools will generally have admission for their sixth forms and students will need to achieve specified grades at GCSE if they want to study a subject further, Most of students study 3 or sometimes 4 A levels and the Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ) is popular option for more able students. A level qualifications have undergone reform in the last few years and the AS qualification Most students study linear courses with an exam at the end of the 2 year course. Popular options other than school include FE Colleges, apprenticeships and employment.