Student Target Setting
All pupils have two targets for each subject they study. The first is the MEG, the minimum expected grade, the second is the ATG, or aspirational target grade. These grades are based on national data and using this we are able to predict, based on Key Stage Two data, what students should achieve at the end of Key Stage 4. We set targets to give pupils focus and to enable both teacher and pupil to monitor how they are progressing. These are designed to be challenging but we want all of our students to meet or exceed what is expected of them.
In Years 7 & 8 your child will be given end of year targets called a “Step” (replacing the National Curriculum levels now that these have ceased to exist). They too will receive a minimum expected target and an aspirational target. In Years 9, 10 & 11 your child will have GCSE target grades, both minimum and aspirational.
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 the Parent App. Any information you receive about your child’s progress will show a target for the school year, their current grade or step and progress towards it for every term.
Try to bear in mind that your child will make progress across the course of a school year and the current grades collected at the start of an academic year may be lower than the target. They may make progress more quickly in some subjects, but take longer to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to make the same progress in other subjects. Your child’s teacher will let you know if there is cause for concern and the effort score reported alongside the current grade will tell you if we think your child is working hard enough.
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.