Progress Reports & Indicator Setting

Approaches to Learning and Approaches to Homework/Independent Study:

We want our students to learn and our teachers to teach. In order to ensure that the right environment is in place for this to happen, we expect our students to behave and work to ensure that they progress. Similarly, working at home and independently supports a student’s learning and progress. Reports for students in all years will include each student’s approach to learning in the classroom and their approach to homework/independent study shown as a number 1-4, using the ‘Approaches to Learning and Approaches to Homework/Independent Study’ comment bank below.

Year 7 and 8

Year 9

Year 10 to 13

Year 7 and 8

Students have Curriculum Knowledge Assessments in the majority of subjects in January and June. These take place in lesson time. Shortly after the Curriculum Knowledge Assessment a progress report is sent home to parents. This includes the percentage achieved in each test, a standardised score and the average percentage for each subject. Reading ages will also be reported.

A video explanation for Year 7 students and their parents and carers is available below. Please note, students will need to use their Beacon Academy login to access the video.

What are standardised scores?

Standardised scores compare the performance of Beacon Academy students in their curriculum knowledge assessments against all other students in their year group at Beacon Academy. The scores range from 80 to 120, with 100 being the average score.

Why are we using standardised scores?

Because the average score on an assessment will vary between subjects, standardised scores allow you to compare how your child is doing across subjects. You can also see how their performance in a particular subject compares to the rest of the year group.

The table below sets out an example of how these scores for your child are received and what these scores tell you:

Student Assessment Percentage Assessment Average in Year 7 Assessment Standardised Score What does this tell me?
English 60 60 100 Their performance is average in English
Mathematics 80 60 120 Their performance is one of the highest in the year group in Maths.
Science 29 40 91 Their performance is below average in Science.

Reading Age

Reading age describes the level of reading ability that a child has in comparison to an average child of a particular age. Reading age is measured in years and months. It is an approximate measurement and a reading age that is 6 months either above or below the student’s chronological age is not a significant cause for concern.

In Year 8, students will also receive indicator grades in English and Maths. for more information about indicator grades, please see below.

Year 9

Reporting for English, Mathematics, Science, History, and Geography

Students will be given an indicator and reports will show a projected grade range. For more information about indicator grades, please see below.

Reporting for MFL, Art, Drama, Physical Education (Years 7-9), Music, Computing and Technology:

Students were assessed in each subject on arrival at Beacon and on an ongoing basis, to ascertain the level of prior learning, skill and aptitude each student has in that curriculum area. Based on these assessments, a student will be assigned to one of four standards. Most students tend to stay within the same standard throughout Years 7 and 8, however depending on progress they may be moved to the standard above or below. Broadly, a standard will show how a student is performing now, and it will also suggest a potential GSCE grade that could be achieved if the student were to continue with that subject to Year 11.

Standard name Description Potential GCSE Grade
Platinum Above National Standard 7-9
Gold National Standard 5-6
Silver Working towards National Standard 3-4
Bronze Working below National Standard 1-2

National Standard reflects the DfE’s definition of a Strong Pass: GCSE Grade 5 or above

Years 10, 11, 12 and 13:

Reports will show indicator grades for each subject being taken and a projected grade. Teachers will use their knowledge of the student, their current attainment, their current approaches to learning and homework/independent study and their attendance to ‘project’ their students’ attainment in their final examinations. Teachers may use a +/- with the projected grade, for example a 5+ or a 7-. + denotes a strong performance at the grade, with the potential of achieving the grade above if the strong performance continues. – denotes a weaker performance at the grade, showing concern that the student may drop to the grade below.

Year 10 GCSE Indicator Grades


Indicator grades are generated via a national database based on students with very similar prior attainment. For GCSE indicators this means students with similar KS2 scores, who took their GCSEs last year, in a school in the top 5%, like Beacon. For the indicators for sixth form students this means students with similar GCSE grades.

The indicators give a range of grades. The indicator grade shown on the report is the average from this range of grades.

Points to note:

These indicator grades are not a guarantee. They show us all what is possible for each student to achieve in your GCSE exams in the summer. Students are more than capable of beating these indicator grades – the vast majority of our students do.

Students who exceed their indicator grades do so because;

  • they work hard in lessons and out of school;
  • they listen to the advice and feedback from their teachers;
  • they make the best use of the many opportunities that are presented to them.

For detailed descriptors relating to the Approaches to Learning and Approaches to Homework please see the table below.

Table for detailed descriptors relating to the Approaches to Learning and Approaches to Homework

For further details relating to specific year groups, please contact the relevant Head of Year:

Year Head of Year Email Address
7 Mrs H Bodman h.bodman@beacon-academy.org
8 Mr C Lister c.lister@beacon-academy.org
9 Mr Cryle t.cryle@beacon-academy.org
10 Miss Furlong e.furlong@beacon-academy.org
11 Mr R Hutchison r.hutchison@beacon-academy.org
12 Dr K Grossman k.grossman@beacon-academy.org
13 Mr C Howarth c.howarth@beacon-academy.org

See Beacon Academy’s Assessment Policy for more detail.