On the 15th of December your child’s autumn term report will be sent. The report details a range of information about how your child is doing at school. The report is split into three main sections:
- Attendance – information about how many sessions your child has been in school with an indication of whether they are currently over the school’s attendance target.
- Attainment – information about how your child is doing compared to children of a similar age
- Effort – new to this year’s report a grade based on the effort your child puts into their time at New Marske Primary School.
Trying to condense a lot of information into one A4 page is always difficult, but we have tried to ensure that the important information you need to know is here. Hopefully none of this is a surprise and the recent parents’ evenings have provided you with a more detailed view of how your child is doing in class.
As most of you will know from these reports last year, due to the changes in how schools report on attainment in school these reports do take some getting used to. The main things you need to know are as follows.
In the attainment section of the report there is a column entitled ‘NC Grade’. this is the national curriclum grade your child is currently working at. This is followed by a -, = or+ sign. At New Marske Primary School we expect pupils to be a ‘-‘ in the autumn term, at ‘=’ in the spring term and at ‘+’ in the summer term. This means that a child in year three in the autumn term should be a 3-, a child in year 1 a 1- and a child in year 6 a 6-. The box next to this grade, the age expectation box, indicates if they are ‘At’ their age expectation,
If a child has a number below their year group, this means that they are working below their age group.
We have tried to simplify the report this year by only having 4 grades.
|Above||The pupil is working above their age expectation|
|At||The pupil is working at their age expectation|
|Working towards||The pupil is just below their age expectation.|
|Below||The pupil is below their age expectation|
This year we have removed the previous ‘on track’ grade we had before. After speaking to parents, we were told that there was some confusion about what ‘on track’ or ‘working towards’ meant. For this report ‘working towards’ means that have at least 75% of the objectives they should have. For example, in year 3 in writing, pupils need to get more than 8 objectives to be ‘At’ their age expectation. If they have 6 or 7 objectives, they will be ‘working towards’ if they have less than 6 they will be below their age expectation. For more information about the number of objectives needed at this time of year, please look at the ‘assessment’ section of the school website.
As all pupils are in a new year group, they are assessed against new objectives. These objectives are more challenging that last year and just because a pupil was working ‘At’ their age expectation last year, this is no guarantee that they will be working at their age exception this year.
New to this year’s report is the effort grade. After speaking to parents and teachers, it was decided that an indication of how much effort a pupil puts into their learning would be a useful piece of information for parents. For example this could indicate that a child is working ‘At’ their age expectation, but their effort is below what is expected. This would indicate that the pupil is not working to their full potential.
The criteria for the effort grade is as follows.
|1||Always tries his/her best
Work is always of the highest standard – for ability
Contributes enthusiastically in lessons
|2||Work is always done to the best of ability
Takes responsibility for own learning
Regularly completes homework to a high standard
Often contributes good ideas and answers in lessons
|3||Has a positive attitude to work
Is able to work without distraction
Works well with others
Homework is always completed
Maintains good relationships
Takes an active part in lessons
|4||Doesn’t start work without teacher prompting
Standard of work does not reflect the student’s ability
Finds it difficult to work with others
|5||Repeated errors show no attempt to improve or learn from previous work
Work is of a standard well below the student’s ability
Is disruptive or easily disrupted
Homework is rarely completed
Grades of 1-3 are acceptable, but a higher the grade will indicate that a pupil is working near their full potential.
As with all reports, this information is only a snapshot of what a pupil is doing within school. if you require any further information about how your child is doing, the best person to speak to is their class teacher. This report will be an excellent starting point for a discussion and our staff will be more than willing to discuss any issues you have.