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Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.

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Curriculum

Assessment

Assessment is a central element in helping us ascertain what students have learnt and understood.  We have summative assessments at the end of each scheme of work that focus on the content, knowledge and skills that have been covered. The knowledge Organisers on each subject page outline these assessments.

Formative assessment takes place every lesson. These assessments demonstrate the depth of understanding and knowledge and indicate where there may be gaps in learning. This helps inform future teaching and learning.

We will share information with you three times across the year. The relevant dates are clearly identified on our school calendar. How we assess and the information we share with you differs slightly depending on the Key Stage.

Assessment at KS3

At Key Stage Three students are assessed in class at the end of each scheme of work.  These assessments will be based on the knowledge and skills that have been the focus in the unit. An overview of these can be found on our subject maps on each subject page.  There is also a Knowledge Organiser for each scheme on the subject pages.

Students will all be awarded a percentage grade after each assessment.  This will give them and you a clear idea about how much they have learned in the unit of work.  While students do not have a target set for them at Key Stage Three, all students should be aiming for 100% in every assessment.

The assessment will be revisited in a later lesson to ensure students have a chance to work on the areas they need to improve.

We collate all these assessments together and, on your child's report, they will be awarded an average of these marks. This will show you an overview of their current learning in each subject.

In the more practical subjects, students will receive a numerical grade from 1-8.  These are based on clear grade descriptors that are shared with students at the start of each scheme of work. Please see the subject pages for further details.

The other information we share with you three times a year is your child's Application to Learning score for each subject.  This gives a great indication of how well they have applied themselves to their studies.  All students should be aiming for a 1 in every lesson.

These are the grade descriptors used for Application to Learning.

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You can see a presentation here that we sent out to parents explaining our data journey at Key Stage Three

Assessment at KS4

At the start of the Key Stage Four journey we set a target for each student in each of their subjects.  This is an indication of the grades they should be aiming for in their GCSEs.  We believe all our students have the ability to succeed so every target is based on ensuring all students are in the top 5% compared to those of similar abilities nationally.

The target for year 10 is set a grade behind the year 11 target. 

Students complete an assessment at the end of each scheme of work.  This will be based on the knowledge and skills that have been the focus in those lessons.  You can get an overview of this on our subject maps on each subject page.  There is also a knowledge organiser for each scheme on the subject pages.

These assessments will all take place as part of a lesson and will be based on the GCSE (or equivalent qualification) questions from previous years exam papers.

Students will all be awarded a GCSE grade after the assessment.  This will give them and you a clear idea about how much they have learned in the unit of work. 

The assessment will be revisited in a later lesson to ensure students have a chance to look at the areas they need to improve in.

We collate all these assessments together after each has taken place and when we report to you it is an average of these grades.  This will show you, up to that point in time, how much your child has learned and remembered from what they have been taught in each lesson.  While it is not a prediction, it will give you a good indication of how close they are to their target grades.

The other information we share with you three times a year is the students Application to Learning score for each subject.  This gives a great indication of how well they have applied themselves to their studies.  All students should be aiming for a 1 in every lesson.

These are the grade descriptors used for Application to Learning.

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You can see a presentation here outlining our data journey at Key Stage Four. 

 

Assessment at KS5

At the start of the Key Stage Five journey, we set a target for each student in each of their three subjects. These targets are an indication of the grades they should be aiming for in their final A-Level or BTEC exams, and will not necessarily be the same for each subject. Targets are both realistic and aspirational, ensuring that students stretch themselves to do the best they can, with the aim of ensuring all students are in the top 5% compared to those of similar abilities nationally.

The targets that are given are end of course targets, and as such, they do not change from Year 12 into Year 13. Over the course of their studies, it is expected that students’ grades will steadily improve from the beginning of Year 12 until the end of Year 13 as their abilities and skills improve, although there is a certain level of variation in this progression pathway between subjects.

Students complete an assessment at the end of each scheme of work. This will be based on the knowledge and skills that have been the focus in those lessons, but will also incorporate questions based on earlier topics, to develop long-term recall and understanding of content. You can get an overview of assessments on our subject maps on each subject page. There is also a knowledge organiser for each scheme on the subject pages.

These assessments will all take place as part of a lesson and will be based on A-Level (or equivalent qualification) questions from previous years exam papers. Where appropriate, students will all be awarded an A-Level grade after each assessment, which will give them and you a clear idea about how much they have learned in the unit of work. The assessment will be revisited in a later lesson to ensure students have a chance to look at the areas in which they need to improve.

We collate all these assessments after each has taken place and when we report to you it is an indication of the grade at which your son/daughter is currently working. This will show you, up to that point in time, how much your son/daughter has learned and remembered from what they have been taught in each lesson, along with how their skills have developed. While it is not a prediction, it will give you a good indication of how close they are to their target grades.

The other information we share with you three times a year is your son/daughter’s Application to Learning score for each subject. This gives a great indication of how well they have applied themselves to their studies. All students should be aiming for a 1 in every lesson.

These are the grade descriptors used for Application to Learning.

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