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					                      Science Department Assessment, Marking and
                                    Feedback Policy

“Students need to know where they are, where they are going
and how to get there if they are to make progress.
Teachers need to monitor achievement and progress to be able to plan effectively the
next steps for learners..”

KS3 - Assessment Marking Policy
For each unit of work (3 weeks)
      An informal initial assessment will be carried out to establish the level students are currently
       working at for the AF thread identified for that unit of work. This will be used by students to set
       themselves targets as to what they need to do to progress to the next level.

      Teachers will use the information from the initial assessment to inform their planning to enable
       the appropriate level of challenge to be set in lessons for students

      Homework tasks appropriate to the unit will be monitored through a variety of methods. These
       could include peer and/or self assessment based on levelled success criteria, visual checks or
       initialled by the teacher to see if it has been completed

      A formal assessment will be completed at the end of each unit to monitor progress and report
       levels to parents. This will be similar in format to the initial assessment but will be moderated
       by the teacher before final levels are awarded.

      Students will keep a record of their progress using the grids in their planners.

      Teachers will record the levels achieved for each AF thread on a centralised spreadsheet
       which will be monitored by Head of KS3.

      Moderation of levels awarded will be completed by teachers on a termly basis by comparing
       the levels awarded by different teachers for the same task.


   KS4 ASSESSMENT,MARKING, MONITORING AND FEEDBACK FRAMEWORK.


   STRUCTURED ASSESSMENT

      This is assessment which takes place at regular intervals (see below for frequency)
       throughout the year. It is usually in the form of tests or exams.

      Module exams.These currently occur in January and June. Staff and students follow
       up with review of revision techniques. Changes to revision technique noted. Use
       LEARNING LOG kept in student exercise book.
      The results follow 6 weeks later. Students enter results onto LEARNING LOG which
       is attached to the back cover of their exercise book.Target for next module adjusted.
       Marks entered on to SIMS by staff.
      Termly tests These occur approximately every 6 weeks. Students input results to
       LEARNING LOG. Marks entered on to SIMS by staff.
      Three weekly half-module tests. (from Ox-box)          The raw mark to be graded and
       entered onto the LEARNING LOG by students. Grade recorded on SIMS by staff.
MONITORING MARKING

   Students work in exercise books should be monitored by the classroom teacher every
    three weeks to check student’s work is up to date, and to ensure work of merit is
    recognized and rewarded. An effort grade (number from 1-6 with the prefix E) will be
    recorded on the work.
   The work is initialed by teacher in the exercise book, absent or incomplete work
    highlighted and a record made in teacher’s mark book.

LEARNING CONVERSATIONS .

   Each student should have one interview per 2 terms. Two lessons should be
    provided where students have 1-1 Learning Conversation with teachers. (With large
    groups teachers may need to prioritise which students to see first).
   The purpose of a learning conversation is to set revised targets, to review strengths
    and weaknesses, to review absent or missing work. Comments are recorded on the
    LEARNING LOG.

PEER AND SELF ASSESSMENT.

   Used as and where appropriate in lessons and recorded on Learning Log.

STUDENT TARGETS.

   These are set initially with reference to NCG. Later modified in light of subsequent
    assessment data during Learning Conversations.

WORK SCRUTINY.

   Every two weeks Head of Subjects to meet and review two sets of exercise books and
    Learning Logs, to check the agreed marking policy is being used, as part of monitoring
    student progress and to monitor standards.
   To enable Heads of Subject to suggest modifications to the learning and curriculum
    provision for students in the light of performance indicators and feedback to and from
    the students.

DEPARTMENTAL REVIEW OF STUDENTS PROGRESS.

   One T&L meeting per two terms to include discussion about students progress on
    courses, changes to student groups and modifications to courses.

           AMMF FOR A TYPICAL TERM.

    WEEK               ASSESSMENT             ACTION BY         ACTION BY
                       ACTIVITY               STUDENT           TEACHER
    2                  Monitoring mark        Up-date work      Check work
    3                  Half topic test        Add to log        Record marks
    4                  Monitoring mark        Up-date work      Check work
    5-6                Learning               Add to log        Review progress
                       conversation                             Review targets.
                                                                Record on Log
    6                  Termly test            Add to log        Record marks
       6                    Monitoring mark          Up-date work        Check work
       8                    Monitoring mark          Up-date work        Check work
       9                    Half topic test          Add to log          Record marks
       10                   Monitoring mark          Up-date work        Check work
       12                   Monitoring mark          Up-date work        Check work
       12                   Module test /Termly      Add to log          Record marks
                            test
       11-12                Learning                 Add to log          Review progress
                            conversation                                 Review targets.
                                                                         Record on Log




KS5 Physics Marking Policy
For each unit of work (2 weeks)
      Students will be given the opportunity to complete a test based on the unit designed to test
       their understanding and skills.
      This will be either marked by the teacher, peers or themselves to assess the grade they are
       working at and identify areas for improvement.
      A practise coursework assignment will be carried out in the first term (unit 2). This will enable
       student to see how the coursework element operates and what the success criteria (mark
       sheet) are.
      Opportunities will be given as the course progresses for students to practise the skills required
       for the coursework element
      Students are provided with a set of cards outlining the learning objectives and outcomes for
       each lesson, and the pages in their text book which they can complete in their own time to
       reinforce the work done in each lesson. It is hoped that this will promote independent learning
       skills
      A mock exam will take place before each external exam to allow students to see what grade
       they are currently achieving and identify areas for improvement.

      Application of policy will be monitored by Head of Physics through discussion with subject
       staff and checking of class mark spreadsheets.




KS5 Chemistry Marking Policy
For each unit of work ( 2 per term)

      Students work through exercises during lessons and for homework. These are marked by
       subject staff or self – assessed by students using model answers. Marks can then be
       converted into AS grades and recorded by staff.

      Two unit tests will be given each term and grades awarded using AS criteria.

      Two skills assessments will be given each term (grades count towards AS coursework mark)

      Targets for AS grade are agreed with students at the start of the course and are based on
       LAT scores and amended as necessary during the course.
   Discussions with students will take place after unit tests (2 per term) to identify areas for
    improvement and to discuss progress and targets.

   Mock exams will be set in advance of AS module exams and will be marked by subject staff or
    self – assessed by students using model answers.

   Application of policy will be monitored by Head of Chemistry through discussion with subject
    staff and checking of class mark spreadsheets.


                 ASSESSMENT MARKING AND MONITORING POLICY

                                       KS5     BIOLOGY.

   Student progress is recorded on a record log kept in folders in G2.

   Students and staff have access to the log at all times and particularly:
       o after an End of Module Test
       o after a mock exam
       o on receipt of results from a module.
       o after a one –to – one discussion with a teacher.

   The Record Log is used to set targets and to review work and to record progress.

   For each module students will have the following assessment and feedback points.
       o On-line test on GCSE knowledge.
       o Knowledge tests at approximately two week intervals.
       o Marked practical work as it occurs in the SOW.
       o End of Topic Test
       o Mock Exam - every two modules.


   In addition teachers will Monitor Mark students work to check for :
        o Quality of note taking
        o Organisation of Files
        o Completion of set tasks.
        o Work deserving special praise.

   A record of this marking should be kept by the teacher.

   Each student will have a one- to- one Learning Conversation with each teacher each
    term (6 weeks).

   Marks from Knowledge Test and others tests should be entered onto the Biology
    Spread Sheet.
   At the beginning of the course students and teachers agree two Biology target grades.
        o a like for like grade based on the Greenhead Scale
        o an aspirational grade based on LATS scores.
   These grades are reviewed during Learning Conversations with students.
   Application of policy will be monitored by Head of Biology through discussion with subject staff
    and checking of class mark spreadsheets.

				
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