If your year 8 child is streamed and in the top set, can you tell me what level they are working at?

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pollycazalet Fri 21-Jun-13 10:50:46

Specifically interested in maths, english, science, history.

thanks if anyone can help.

Roobag Fri 21-Jun-13 11:45:52

In my sons set they are working at level 7/8 if that helps.

forehead Fri 21-Jun-13 11:50:47

My dn is level 7/8 maths

pollycazalet Fri 21-Jun-13 11:53:02

Is that across all the subjects I mentioned Roo?

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 21-Jun-13 11:56:14

Maths? Level 8. Science - I think DS is in the second set, he got a high level 6 at Easter, they have another test before the end of this term. He's on the Triple Science pathway though (I don't know whether that's reasonable given his current level, I also don't know if he will want to do triple when he makes his choices next year). History - no idea. English - he's dyslexic and not near the top set.

mumsneedwine Fri 21-Jun-13 12:33:26

Maths 8C, English 6A/7C, history 6A, Geography 7C, Art 5B, French 6C, Spanish 5A. She is in top set at local
Comp.

mumsneedwine Fri 21-Jun-13 12:33:50

Sorry, forgot science. That's a 7B

Not sure you are going to get representative answers here. In dds class it ranges from a 5b (in history) to those with level 7s and 8+s

Question to ask really is, is your child on target and if they aren't were the targets sensible?

gazzalw Fri 21-Jun-13 12:42:40

I'm quite curious about all these level targets...DS at the end of Yr 7 in a super-selective and thus far (and having said that his end of year report may say otherwise) we have no way of knowing either what his actual levels are and if these match what they should be from his KS2 trajectory..... confused....

mumsneedwine Fri 21-Jun-13 12:42:56

Good point kitten. I know in DDs year the maths ranges from 2A to 8A ! English from 3A to 7B and Science from 4C to 7B. Averages are Maths 5B, English 5B and Science 5A. But it depends what your child is predicted and are they on target for that. Comparing is a helpful but some schools will do things very differently do may change marking accordingly.

mumsneedwine Fri 21-Jun-13 12:45:24

Gazzlaw, we get reports 4 times a year with our kids current grade, predicted for end of KS3, the average for the year group and the range for the year group. We also get an effort mark. It is helpful to the kids but they should know where they are roughly from their teachers. Maybe at a super selective they think its not necessary in Year 7.

gazzalw Fri 21-Jun-13 12:53:51

Thanks for answering, Mumsneedwine! DS has had three reports thus far and they do give effort marks and indicate a grade (A,B,C,D,E) as a colour block (together with the number of boys in the class getting that grade) for academic attainment. Still not an entirely helpful way of assessing one's child's abilities though. I guess it will all come out in the wash.

I know that DS has been rather demoralised by being "just average" rather than the high-achiever he always was at primary school - it would be useful to have level indicators just to put matters into perspective for him.

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 21-Jun-13 13:01:16

We have never had any information about levels for any subject from DD1's SSGS. It's like a different microworld where all performance is talked about in the context of 'better than expected for X school, 'expected for X school' 'not quite' and 'oh shit' (I might be paraphrasing the last two).

For DS's school, which is a comp, we get his aspirational target (we have been told these are quite tough, reachy targets, but they are still essentially based on the SATs and CATs from the beginning of Y7) and his current level. We are not told average/expected levels for either the school or the nation/LEA/city - thus the information we get about him is almost entirely context free. So, even though it is expressed in NC levels, it is less useful than the infomration we got about DD1.

pollycazalet Fri 21-Jun-13 13:01:25

I do agree that you need to be looking at targets for your individual child.

I have asked the question to better understand the levels my ds has been set - in my view he's got a bad attitude to school at the moment and whilst he's doing ok with his (not particularly stretching) targets he might benefit from being pushed a bit more and the teachers having higher expectations of him.

He's quiet, well behaved, doesn't put his hand up but can always answer when asked. And so is able to coast quite effectively without really breaking a sweat to achieve his targets. IMO.

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 21-Jun-13 13:03:37

DS is now a whole NC level above his aspirational target for the end of Y9 in Maths. We suggested to his maths teacher that maybe the target needed to be adjusted. Apparently that can't be done.

pollycazalet Fri 21-Jun-13 13:06:21

Russians - I have real problems understanding the levels and where the boundary is between what's expected at this age and what's performing beyond/ below that.

Especially in subjects like languages and science where the levels might be lower than those for English and maths just because they are newer subjects in year 8.

I'd like a bit more contextual info to help me understand.

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 21-Jun-13 13:12:48

Wouldn't we all. Sadly the system is designed to make people think they are being given genuinely useful information while at the same time ensuring that this is exactly what they don't receive.

But then, when you see the way people seem to treat grade predictions (as done deals, with concomitant outrage if they are not achieved) then you can't really blame schools for preferring to keep us all as much in the dark as possible.

titchy Fri 21-Jun-13 13:21:24

Well I suppose it would depend on his KS2 levels....

Assuming he got 5A, then he should be aiming for 7A by the end of Y9, so an average of 2 sub levels a year, which means he shouldu be 6A or 7C by now.

If he got 4c though at end year 6, then 6c would be expected progress, so 5b by now.

pollycazalet Fri 21-Jun-13 13:28:27

Titchy that's really useful but does that apply across non sats subjects too? How would targets in languages and geography be set?

I agree Russians - I have an ambivalent relationship with the grades and targets in that I want the information but don't particularly understand it when I get it. But totally understand schools needing to say that it's indicative and not guaranteed!

I also have found year 8 the year which is least focused on by teachers - for very understandable reasons as they're not unsettled year 7s, in year 9 with choices to make or mid-GCSE. But it's felt like a year of treading water unless you're on the case.

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 21-Jun-13 13:38:21

polly (did you read the book? I loved it when I read it, many years ago now though) Actually for us Y8 has been a massive improvement on Y7 - DS missed practically the whole of the summer term with whooping cough. So it's just so great to have had a year where he hasn't had any significant time off at all. A day here and there, he still has issues which were caused/worsened by the WC (he was already asthmatic) - but basically, a full year of school has been had. And he has made on paper incredible progress in everything, because on paper his Y 7 results were from the easter tests. But, he was set work while he was off, and he did it (because he was bored rigid a lot of the time) and when he did it, they set more....and I think he ended up getting much more input both from his teachers and from us, than he would have got had he been in school. Like, a term of private tuition. Hasn't helped his dyslexia. But it has had a big impact on maths, science and MFL.

pollycazalet Fri 21-Jun-13 13:53:49

Yes - read the books at a very impressionable age when Polly was my favourite character - I wanted her happy ending. Reread a couple of years ago - they are definitely one of those books you read very differently with the benefits of age and kids! EJH is writing another one apparantly as she wanted to catch up with all the characters.

Glad your year 8 has been better than mine - your DS sounds like he's doiung extremely well, despite challenges.

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 21-Jun-13 13:58:22

polly only in some subjects. But he no longer feels 'thick' which was how he thought of himself at primary school so we are just over the moon really. 'clever at maths rubbish at english' isn't perhaps the best self image to have but it's a darn sight better than 'rubbish at everything' which was his (false) self image before.

I didn't know there was another book in the offing. I will keep an eye out!

I'm sure your DS is doing really well, even if he doesn't look like he is breaking a sweat. Schools are now judged on not dealing with brighter kids effectively, so they have to make the effort even with the quieter ones.

mumsneedwine Fri 21-Jun-13 14:24:43

Please blame successive governments for the targets set. Students have to make 2 levels progress from KS2 -3, so a 4 to a 6, and these can't be changed (how we love OFSTED). Even in subjects they have never taken before !! How PE relates to maths abilityI have never been sure. Aspirational targets can be changed and I agree its ridiculous when they surpass their targets early. I would talk to his Head of Year and explain that he needs higher aims and even if 'official' targets can't change, why he can't be given yearly grades to aim for.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 21-Jun-13 14:37:54

>How would targets in languages and geography be set?
I thought they set these during yr7?

DDs school gives the target levels (which I think aren't supposed to change) but also the expected level, which can. They also give a guide as to what the levels at the end of yr9 will typically translate to in terms of gcse grades. This varies by subject (maths needs higher levels, MFL a bit lower than the others) and is based on past statistics for the school.

Dd has been set the same target level for every subject,so at the end of year 8 she is supposed to get 7c for every subject, which is plainly bonkers as being academic doesnt mean that she will also be good at the more practical subjects and as you say they start at a much lower level for some subjects.

So as we can see that she is working hard and that she appears to be getting good input from her teachers, I don't actually give a rats arse about her levels. Well i say that, but I'm secretly pleased where she is doing better than expected but thats just a big headed parent thing I think the only person who will care is the one analysing the school results.

It might be worth you having a chat with your ds' tutor or HOY if you think he is cruising because next year, depending on how the school works, it could influence the choices he is allowed to make.

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