Assessment

The purpose of assessment is to communicate progress with students, teachers and parents so that students have a clear sense of where they are in their learning journey and the next steps that they need to take. More information on assessment can be found in this video:

Years 7 to 9 Only

Each subject area at Bottisham Village College has developed Age Related Expectations (AREs) for their subject, detailing the threshold knowledge and skills for each year.
Students’ work will be assessed against these, with the teacher making a judgement using 3 terms: developing, secure and exceeding.

Years 10 and 11 Only

Based on a range of assessment, including mock examinations, BVC teachers will publish an anticipated grade for each student in their subject. This will suggest the grade the student is likely to achieve at GCSE, should they continue at their current level of working.

Target Levels  – All Years

Using a range of assessment data, together with prior attainment, we will be able to understand the level at which individual students should be working at. In this way, we can monitor underachievement and intervene accordingly.

Years 7-9: This will be take the form of Developing, Secure or Exceeding;

Years 10-11: This will be a GCSE Target Grade 9-1, or equivalent.

How will students be assessed?

As a college, we recognise that the most effective assessment takes place in the moment, with teachers in lessons identifying individual or class needs on a continual basis and then responding to them.
Our regular assessment in lessons will focus on the following key principles:

  1. Having clear objectives and planning learning carefully
  2. Identifying what students have understood and where they are struggling
  3. Opportunities for regular feedback, both orally and written, and encouraging students to respond to the feedback
  4. Responding, adapting our teaching to support students to improve

Generally, students will have two exercise books, which work towards the threshold concepts found in the AREs.

  1. A notebook in which students complete classwork, as directed by the teacher. This will be monitored by the class teacher. Staff will use this as an indicator to attitude to learning, through work completion and presentation.
  2. progress book in which Deep Dive Assessments are completed. These books will contain the formal assessment work completed in the subject, with feedback given in the form of Good at and Work On. After each piece of work, students will have the opportunity to complete a My Response piece of work, which shall be completed in red and relate to aspects of the AREs which have been identified as needing securing from the Deep Dive Assessment.

Attitude to Learning

Bottisham Village College places great emphasis upon developing each student’s attitude to learning. We believe that great learning happens when students challenge themselves to work hard and aim high. We want students to be curious learners who fully engage in every learning opportunity. We expect all students to take responsibility for their own learning through actively participating in lessons, developing their resilience and persevering to overcome challenges. We encourage students to reflect on their specific strengths and areas for development, enabling them to maximise their learning potential.
When reporting on progress, teachers will also make a judgement on a student’s attitude to learning.  One of four possible judgements are made:

  • Exceptional
  • Good
  • Inconsistent
  • Unacceptable

Students are recognised and rewarded for their positive attitude to learning in lessons. Any student who displays an attitude to learning that is either inconsistent or unacceptable will be supported and challenged to make the most of every learning opportunity.

Reporting

Three times a year, a progress check will take place detailing the following:

  • How students are performing in each subject areas, relating to the AREs and students’ expected levels; Years 7-9 Only
  • How students are performing in each subject area, by publishing an anticipated grade in relation to their target grade; Years 10 and 11 Only
  • Attitude to learning score
  • Attendance
  • Behaviour incidents
  • House points

ALIS

However, our main way to report is through our parental intranet; this gives parents an up to date, live report.

We have developed our online system, ALIS (Anglian Learning Intranet System), to allow parents and carers to access key information about their children and how they are progressing with their learning and curriculum.

This is an evolution of our current remote access site for parents, which we have had in place for over 10 years.  The new system collates data from our various internal systems and presents them in an accessible way, via a secure login.  The system allows parents to view this information easily on mobile devices and through larger-screened PCs or tablets.  You will be able to access the following information about your child or children:

  • Reward Points
  • Behaviour Logs
  • Attendance including attendance summary charts
  • Homework and Classwork set through Google Classroom
  • Canteen Balance and spending
  • Timetabled Lessons
  • Assessments (at KS3) and current attainment.

ALIS can be accessed through the following link. https://parents.anglianlearning.org

Login can be achieved using a similar username and the same password as is used on the current system.  Details on how to securely log in to this system can be found in the document below.

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