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.

Indicator grades are based on prior attainment – KS2 SATs for GCSE Indicators and GCSE performance for A Level Indicators. They are an estimate of how any given student should do in a particular subject when they take the final examinations in year 11/13. They are produced by Fischer Family Trust and are based on how students with similar prior attainment historically performed nationally in their GCSE/A Level examinations.

Year 7 and 8

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

Students will be given an indicator and reports will show a projected grade range.

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

Students will be 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 9, 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.

Please see the table below for detailed descriptors relating to the Approaches to Learning and Approaches to Homework

Table for detailed descriptors relating 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
8 & 9 Mr Hutchison
10 & 11 Mr C Lister
12 Dr K Grossman
13 Mr C Howarth

See Beacon Academy’s Assessment Policy for more detail.