New GCSE Qualifications
In September 2015 the Government introduced new and more challenging GCSEs in Maths, English Language and English Literature; these are graded 9-1 with 9 being the highest level of attainment. Current Year 11 are studying these courses alongside the legacy GCSEs which are graded A*-G.
In September 2016 all other 9-1 GCSEs were introduced with the exception of Statistics and Design and Technology subjects.
A summary of the broad equivalences between the old and new GCSEs is indicated in the diagram below:
Target Minimum Grade
What is it?
This is the minimum grade it would be realistic to expect your child to achieve – about 6 out of 7 students with your child’s ability will achieve at least this grade.
What is it based upon?
It is based upon how well students have performed in the past and their ability in the subject.
We use students’ performance at Key Stage 2 (so called FFT estimates) as a starting point.
Selston High School sets individual student targets in all subjects that would exceed Government expectations for progress.
What targets are set?
Each student has a target for each course that they study. When students enter the school, targets are initially set for the end of Year 9. As they progress through the school new targets are created for each examination course they study.
When are they set?
They are set when students enter Yr7 or start their examination courses and are reviewed regularly.
Aspirational Target Grade
This is a higher grade that it is still realistic for your child to achieve. Around 2 out of 7 students of your child’s ability will achieve this grade.
Working at Grade
This is the grade or level your child is currently working at in class, taking into account any other known strengths and weaknesses.
This is an estimate based upon current progress of the most likely grade your child will achieve at the end of the course. In previous years, students who work hard and prepare themselves fully for examinations have been able to improve on early estimates of this grade.
Capability or Progress
This is whether students are currently making the progress that would be expected of them. Our system looks at the progress the student has made over the last two tracking sweeps and evaluates whether if progress continues at this rate the student will reach their minimum target.
Blue – making more progress than would be expected. Is already on course to achieve their minimum target grade and is now working towards achieving their aspirational target grade.
Green – making at least the progress that would be expected. Is on course to achieve their minimum target grade.
Amber – making slightly less progress than would be expected. May just fail to achieve their minimum target grade.
Red – making much less progress than would be expected. Will fail to achieve their minimum target, probably by more than one grade.
Attitude to Learning
This is a measure of how well students make the most of the learning opportunities that are available.
Blue – Excellent attitude and can always be relied upon to make the extra effort needed to produce work of the highest standard.
Green – Good attitude and can always be expected to make the necessary effort.
Amber - Usually makes acceptable effort, but occasionally fails to do so.
Red - Poor attitude. Failed to make the required effort on many occasions.