TARGET GRADES UPDATE

TARGET GRADES UPDATE

CHANGES TO TARGET GRADES BASED ON THE 2018 NATIONAL DATA 
 
All students will be receiving their first tracking grid for this academic year during the first week in November. To clarify, students are set GCSE target grades based on their Key Stage 2 SATs scores. The progress which they are expected to make from KS2 SATs to the end of Year 11 will vary, depending on their prior attainment from primary school. 
For this academic year we have revised our targets and are using the actual 2018 national average outcomes for students for each KS2 prior attainment point, to set the students’ targets by rounding up to the next grade. This provides the students with challenging targets which ensures they are making progress at least in line with all students nationally. 
 
During this Autumn half-term, we have reviewed students’ previous targets in line with the National data. There have been very few changes in the middle and lower prior attaining students, however for students starting out at Level 5c and above (old KS2 scores for Years 10 and 11), or scaled scores of 104 or above (new KS2 scores for Years 7, 8 and 9), there has been a significant shift in target grades at the upper end to come in line with how students performed nationally. 
 
 
 
 
The result of changes made to the target grades is that students may find that the colour coding showing how close, or far they are working away from their target grade, may have changed quite dramatically to be on the amber or red side. It is important that higher prior attaining students continue to work with their teachers, to ensure they know how they can improve their grades through extension activities and independent work. 
 
Clearly, parents wish to see their children achieve their full potential, therefore it is imperative that we make these changes and continue to instil a culture of aiming high at Charlton School. Please contact me if you need any further clarification. 
 
Yours faithfully 
Mrs S Serrell-Cooke 
Assistant Headteacher