Student Target Setting
All pupils have a target which they should aim to achieve in each of the subjects that they study. We set targets to give pupils focus and to enable both teacher and pupil to monitor how they are progressing. The targets are intended to provide a degree of challenge and should not be thought of as a minimum.
In Years 7 & 8 your child will be given an end of year target called a “Step” (replacing the National Curriculum levels now that these have ceased to exist). In Years 9, 10 & 11 your child will have a target GCSE grade. Invariably there will be times when the target just isn’t right, so to try and avoid this happening we will review the targets after every data collection and may adjust them. We will always have a conversation with your child before doing this.
We will give you at least two progress reports a year to show how your child is getting on and you will also be able to see these on E-Portal. Any information you receive about your child’s progress will show a target for the school year and progress towards it for every term.
Try to bear in mind that your child must achieve this target across a wide range of subjects and that they will do this at varying paces, depending on the subject. For example a child might hit their target in the Autumn in one subject but then need to repeat that level of attainment across seven more topics, whereas in another it may take three terms of work before they can secure the skills required to achieve their target.
If you have any concerns about your child’s targets, or are confused by them, please contact their Progress and Guidance Leader in the first instance. If you are concerned about your child’s progress in a particular subject then contact their teacher.
For details about assessments at KS3 please click here.