At CHS South we recognise that students have different starting points and are different types of learners. All students in Years 7 to 9 are assigned a LEARNING PATHWAY based on their starting points (Key Stage 2 performance). All learning pathways enable all students to follow the same learning journey; however they may travel at different speeds and face different challenges.
It is possible that a student could be on more than one pathway due to different results in the English and Maths Key Stage 2 assessment. At CHS South we endeavour to ensure that our students make the most progress possible, regardless of their starting point. To do this successfully we have to have an assessment system that is easy to understand, clearly demonstrates progress and is suitably robust and relevant
What are the progress tests?
Progress Tests are a mix of multiple choice, short, medium and long answer questions which test pupil's knowledge of what they have been taught each term and since the beginning of the year.
What to revise?
Most Curriculum Areas highlight the students' exercise books as the most important tool for revision purposes. The tests are predominantly on what has been covered over the past term although content of the test builds up over the academic year. It is also worth referring to the 'Frameworks For Learning' for further information.
How to revise?
Revision is a skill that learners need to familiarise themselves with. Students have access to TEAMS, our online revision and homework platform which contains lots of really useful revision materials.
Feedback from the tests
Students will receive feedback from two sources. Firstly, they will receive a raw score which tells them how many marks they have gained; this will be supported by some analysis of how they have done in particular areas, with strengths highlighted along with specific areas for developments.
Secondly, we will send home short reports with Progress Statements, which are a comparison of how students have performed compared to students with a similar starting point. These are useful to see how well students are progressing and also how much effort is being made in each subject area.
What we do with the results
The Progress Tests generate information on how the students are doing in the subject. The results are one of many contributing factors to setting and set movements.
Please find below a digital version of our Revision booklet for the forthcoming Progress Tests; students will receive a hard copy to support preparations for their tests. Progress Tests will begin on 16th November 2020 and will be completed by 26th November 2020. Students will sit tests in all of their subjects; the experience provides them with an opportunity to test their recall, develop an understanding of how to prepare for tests, and chance to demonstrate the progress they have made to date. In preparation for the tests, Home Learning is now replaced with Home Study and the booklets below provide guidance in terms of content to cover and possible strategies to support revision; in particular we are encouraging all students to develop their own revision cards. Please take the time to look through the details in the booklet and your child’s own copy, and support them to be successful with their forthcoming tests.
Progress Test Preparation
The CHS South Academic Report is designed to drive academic progress and enable independence by focusing on student’s strengths and areas for development in each of their subjects. For their specified areas for development, students are provided with ‘Solutions’ tailored to enable independent study and learning. The CHS South Academic Report can be accessed online via smartphone, tablet and laptop.
The report has three distinct areas:
• Areas of strengths are identified through performance in examinations, in classwork or in Home Learning and show where a student is successful.
• Areas for development are identified next steps that will help boost academic progress in the subject
• Solutions are linked resources (either online or through textbooks) that help each student make progress specifically linked to their area for development.
All students have a 5-year learning journey at CHS South to enable them to become Successful, Creative and Happy. Good learning habits are crucial to enable success. One such habit is independent study. We encourage you to talk to your child about their report and ensure they complete the Solutions that they have been provided for each subject. We believe that developing independent study habits will support our students becoming Successful, Creative and Happy.
Students will also receive an end of year Tutor Report which will reflect on each student’s personal development over the year and will be sent out in the Summer Term.