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Plympton Academy

ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING​​​​​​​

The Academy understands the importance of setting aspirational targets to ensure that students are challenged to achieve their full potential and encouraged to aim high. GCSE grades are set as targets and assessments are carried out regularly during the year to enable robust progress-tracking and appropriate intervention where necessary. We call them Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs). Please see the link below for detailed analysis on how MEGs are set and information regarding half- termly progress reports.

MEG Setting & Assessments

Assessment Rationale 

The purpose of assessment is to give feedback on progress and attainment. There are several audiences for this feedback – students, parents, and the Academy. Assessment and reporting are integral to high-quality teaching and learning and a vital element in raising standards and attainment. It helps us to ensure we are establishing a culture of high challenge and that students are making expected or better than expected progress

We use this ongoing formative assessment of students every lessons to ensure they are learning at the optimum level and making good progress. At the end of each Semester, students undertake formal summative testing to help inform our professional judgements of where we think students are now, WAG (Working At Grade) and in Key Stage 4 PP (Professional Predictions) what we deem they will achieve at the end of their GCSE course. 

Progress Reports are produced four times per year to feedback to parents information about their child’s current progress, attainment, and learning behaviours in each of the subjects they study.

Parents Evenings

In addition to Progress Reports, parents have the opportunity to meet the form tutor to discuss how their child has settled into the academic year and subject teachers during parent consultation evenings.

To ensure that the information we collate and feedback to parents on students' performance is valid and reliable and that we build resilience and examination preparation, the formal summative assessments take place during the last two weeks of each Semester. The dates of the assessments are published so parents can support students to prepare and develop effective revision strategies.