Assessment at Calder High in Key Stage Three & Four
At Calder we use GCSE grades to assess students from the minute they step through the door in year 7. Our intention is that by the time students reach their GCSEs in Year 11 they will have a clear understanding of what they need to do in a given subject in order to progress.
Please see below for the assessment criteria we use at Key Stage 3 and 4. These are based on the new GCSE grades. As the exam boards have yet to release anything definitive along these lines we have put the below together at Calder. We have drawn on a number of sources including:
- The information the Department for Education has released
- The comparison between old and new GSCE grades. For example a 5 is somewhere around a C+/B-
- Guidance from other schools or working parties across the authority
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Art
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Computing
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Drama
- Calder Assessment Criteria - English Language
- Calder Assessment Criteria - English Literature
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Food
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Geography
- Calder Assessment Criteria - History
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Maths
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Modern Foreign Languages
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Music
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Photography
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Physical Education
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Religious Studies
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Science
- Calder Assessment Criteria - Technology
We will be updating these assessment criteria as we (and the rest of country!) gain more experience of the new GCSEs. As Sir Robin Bosher (Ex-Ofsted director of quality and training) said, ‘Leaders can strategically adjust the national standard as it becomes clear’.
Other areas related to assessment at Calder:
GCSE grades are changing
GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities, languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands.
In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students
To see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system, click here or Google "ofqual 9 to 1 postcard". More information about when subjects will switch to the new grades is available on the Ofqual website here.