Year 7 Progress Checks Information Evening Letter

28th February 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

As promised, I am writing to remind you that next week your child’s Year 7 Progress Check will be available to you.  This is a snapshot of your child’s approach to their subjects and subsequent progress which has been informed by each your child’s subject teachers.  It includes judgements made on your child’s effort, behaviour and completion of homework as well as the progress individual subject teachers feel your child is making.

With the removal of levels as a measurement of attainment, our new assessment procedure has focussed on the key individual elements that your child is expected to learn within a subject topic and performance against those elements has been assessed.  I hope you have had the opportunity to look at individual topic assessments in your child’s books.  From these assessments, teachers have then made a judgement of progress based on your child’s current performance against expectations set by Key Stage 2 SAT scores and Baseline Tests that each subject conducted in the Autumn Term.  As a result, the level of progress stated on the Progress Check is individual to your child and does not involve comparisons with other students.

As these are the first Progress Checks you will have received since your child has started the school, I would like to invite you to an information evening on Wednesday 6th March in The Main Hall, which will allow me to explain the criteria behind each of the judgements made and how we measure your child’s progress as they move through the school.  The presentation will begin at 6.00pm and doors will we open from 5.30pm where there will be tea and coffee available.  I expect the presentation to take no more than 45 minutes including time for questions.  Your child’s Progress Check will be available for you to collect and look at in preparation for the presentation.  If you are unable to attend the information evening, your child will bring home their Progress Check on Thursday 7th March.

I would like to highlight that the Progress Check is not a written report but simple judgements made against criteria that we see as very important at this point. You will receive your child’s formal report in June.

I hope to see you on Wednesday 6th March.

Yours faithfully

Barry Williams

Assistant Headteacher