Reporting in the Middle Years Diploma (Years 7 – 11)
One-to-ten subject specific attainment scales are used for the purpose of all assessment and reporting in years 7-9. IGCSE and GCSE grades are reported in years 10 and 11, along with corresponding MYD levels where appropriate.
Each attainment level is based upon subject-specific objectives and is criteria related. At the top end of the attainment scales, criteria explicitly reflects IGCSE and GCSE requirements for each individual subjects. At the lower and midrange of the scales i.e. pre IGCSE/GCSE, level of attainment descriptors reflect the required skills and concept development required in specific subjects. All subject specific scales reflect the MYD’s emphasis upon inquiry and critical thinking skills and are developmentally appropriate. Levels cater for the full ability range and are sufficiently challenging at all levels to raise expectations, particularly of pupils of middling achievement, as well as stretching and stimulating the most able.
Levels of attainment scales within each subject are tied to specific learning outcomes for each year group. The one-to-ten attainment scales in each subject are age independent rather than age specific, allowing individual students to progress at a different pace.
As part of the Middle Years Diploma, Years 7 -11 students will receive feedback relating to their Learning Attitude. The table below provides an explanation of the criteria for this:
|Title||Learning Attitude Feedback Statement|
|Excellent||A highly motivated student, who takes full responsibility for his/her learning. A reflective learner, who recognises areas for development and is committed to personal improvement; a highly organised learner. A student who always completes class work and homework to a very high standard.|
|Very Good||A committed student, who demonstrates a keen interest in his/her work and who is determined to achieve. He/she is developing the skills to advance his/her own learning. He/she will always aim to complete work to the best of his/her ability.|
|Good||A hard working student who completes all work to a standard that reflects his/her ability. He/she demonstrates some initiative and will seek assistance when required. He/she completes class work and homework to a good standard.|
|Requires Improvement||A student who completes the work to a standard in line with his/her ability but does not show real commitment to his/her studies. He/she completes tasks presented to them, but lacks the initiative or motivation to develop their own learning further.|
|Unsatisfactory||A student with the potential to achieve more, but whose lack of commitment is hindering his/her progress. He/she is capable of distinguishing what he/she needs to do to enhance his/her learning but often chooses not to do so. Class work and homework are completed to a basic standard.|
Online reporting to parents
The ‘Wisdom’ ARR module is used to provide continuous subject-based feedback in Year 7 and 8. Parents will receive a monthly reminder to access the feedback as it accumulates throughout the year. A summary ‘report’ can be printed at any time.
The ‘Gateway’ ARR module is used in Years 9 – 11, with checkpoints for the recording of student attainment being referenced in the ARR calendar.
Throughout the year, students will also have the opportunity to consider and discuss their progress with their form tutor in scheduled 1-2-1 tutoring sessions. In these sessions, students reflect upon their skills development and creativity, action and service (CAS) commitments as part of the MYD. Students are expected to record evidence of their CAS/skills reflections on their 1-2-1 ePortfolio.