Student Target Setting
All students in Years 7 -10 have one target for each subject they study. This is called an ATG, or achievable target grade. This grade is 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. In Years 7, 8 and 9, these targets are for the end of the year and will go up as they move through school. In Year 10 students are set an end of course target for the end of Year 11. These targets are designed to be challenging but we want all of our students to meet or exceed what is expected of them.
In Year 11 students will have two targets for each subject they study. The first is the MEG, the minimum expected grade, the second is the ATG, or achievable 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. These targets will be an increase from their Year 10 target and we expect students to achieve their MEG by Christmas in order to be achieving their ATG by the end of Year 11.
In all years your child will have GCSE target grades, which range from a d (working towards GCSE) to a grade 9.
We will give you progress reports during the 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 their target information so that you can compare their progress towards it.
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 their Attitude to Education Level (ATEL) reported alongside the current grade will tell you if we think your child is working hard enough. You will also be provided with an Attitude to Education Focus (ATEF) which will tell you the area that your child needs to work on in order to improve their ATEL.
If you have any concerns about your child’s targets, or are confused by them, please contact their Head of Year in the first instance. If you are concerned about your child’s progress in a particular subject then contact their teacher.