This academic year sees the introduction of the New National Curriculum. The government has asked all schools to devise their own methods of assessment throughout Key Stage 3. We have worked with other secondary schools within the Multi-Academy Trust and have designed a new system called Steps. This will enable the Academy to monitor and report on progress using criteria that are highly appropriate to each subject.
On average students should be working on these steps in the following years:
Year 7: Steps 4-6
Year 8: Steps 5-7
Year 9: Steps 6-8
When a student is assessed at working at a particular step the teacher then judges how secure the student is at that STEP using A, B or C.
to indicate ‘very secure, nearly at the next step’.
to indicate ‘secure at this step’.
to indicate ‘just moving into this step’.
Students are expected to move at least two sub-steps a year. So for example a student that began Year 8 on a 6C should move to at least a 6A by the end of the year.
The explanation for each of the steps, by department, is given below:
History Steps levels 1 to 9
RE Year 7 Steps
RE Year 8 Steps
RE Year 9 Steps
Science Step Descriptors