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to want to know what 7 means on dd age 12 school report?

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jugofwildflowers Thu 14-Jul-11 14:38:27

Does this mean it is good? She has this in Maths and English but a 4.2 in drama and PE. She is quite athletic so I don't get it!

HoleySocks Thu 14-Jul-11 14:39:17

7 is excellent if they're using the standard grading system! well done to her.

knittedbreast Thu 14-Jul-11 14:39:35

4.2, 7? what is this you speak of? enlighten me???

jugofwildflowers Thu 14-Jul-11 14:40:21

Yes, standard state comprehensive.

MrsKravitz Thu 14-Jul-11 14:40:39

Are these style of reports new? People with older kids dot even seem to understand. Makes me wonder how i am going to cope with just entering the system.

WillowFae Thu 14-Jul-11 16:17:50

If it is National Curriculum levels then Level 7 is excellent for a 12 year old! Most 14 year olds are expected to be level 5 or 6. There are 8 levels in total.

However, I'm not sure what they mean by 4.2. Each level is subdivided but usually into a, b, or c. So it goes 4c, 4b, 4a, 5c, 5b, 5a, 6c, etc. It may be that they mean 4b.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee Thu 14-Jul-11 16:29:58

cant resist mine got 6a in science . Yay (he is year 7 just turned 12 ) but weirdly he got 4b in IT and he is top group top of the class in IT . go figure I havnt a clue .

SortingHardHat Thu 14-Jul-11 16:31:52

Whats wrong with a boring A, B, C etc?

WillowFae Thu 14-Jul-11 16:36:46

Because it doesn't really mean anything SortingHardHat. It can vary from subject to subject and school to school. At least this way you know where they are.

I worked in a school that did use ABC and parents used to get concerned that their grades dropped when they went up a year. Of course a B grade in Year 7 has different requirements to a B grade in Year 8. With NC levels there is no change. If you are a 5b at the end of Year 7 then you are a 5b at the start of Year 8.

jugofwildflowers Thu 14-Jul-11 20:53:36

Thanks for the enlightenment! It seems I've made a mistake, she has 6.8 working Level in Maths, target is 7 and 6.5 in English, target 7. The others are 6.5 etc apart from the 2 low ones of 4.2 which I mentioned.

What is average then? Shouldn't she have achieved 7 if that is her target? How do they determine targets? Is it different for each child? She has 1s and 2s for effort so at least I understand that her effort is ok.

Loshad Thu 14-Jul-11 21:09:30

is that her target for end of key stage 3 though, rather than end of year 7. Not quite sure what your school mean by the decimel places but levels 6s are pleasing for any year 7 in a non selective school.

tryingtobemarypoppins2 Thu 14-Jul-11 21:15:09

WillowFae "Most 14 year olds are expected to be level 5 or 6"
Isn't Level 5 what primary schools aim for in Year 6?

jugofwildflowers Thu 14-Jul-11 21:17:40

I don't know if it is the target for end of key stage 3, when is the end of ks3? How old will she be then?

Feenie Thu 14-Jul-11 21:18:23

No, expected level at the end of Y6 is a 4b.

CurrySpice Thu 14-Jul-11 21:21:03

levels 6s are pleasing for any year 7 Loshad

Tiny bit of stealth boating here perchance? wink

And why not, I don't blame you. 7s are excellent grin well done that girl! grin

GrimmaTheNome Thu 14-Jul-11 21:21:20

The target is what they are predicting for the end of KS3 (yr9)

The levels do vary widely from subject to subject. In particular with languages, they are unlikely to be doing work yet which allows them to be graded above 4 so a 3h is quite normal. But in science/maths, they may be doing some work which can be graded up to 8

>Isn't Level 5 what primary schools aim for in Year 6?
No, that's not how it works. Most year 6 children are expected to achieve level 4. Normal distribution, some may get 3s, some will get 5s.

cat64 Thu 14-Jul-11 21:24:50

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basingstoke Thu 14-Jul-11 21:27:35

I think you can get a very skewed notion of what an average level is from reading MN...

OriginalPoster Thu 14-Jul-11 21:30:43

The aim is to improve by 2 sub levels a year. It goes c b a then onto the next number. The levels are lower in subjects which are started in secondary rather than continued from primary. So 4s in French or dt are normal. Some subjects, confusingly have a higher ceiling for ks3 than others, so in maths it is possible to get an 8, I think, but not in English.

tryingtobemarypoppins2 Thu 14-Jul-11 21:39:15

Ummmmm we have so many children coming up from year 2 with a level 3. 3c so really they should all be 5a by Year 6 hmmhmmhmmhmmhmm

CurrySpice Thu 14-Jul-11 21:40:42

No trying to quote Grimma, "No, that's not how it works. Most year 6 children are expected to achieve level 4. Normal distribution, some may get 3s, some will get 5s."

Malcontentinthemiddle Thu 14-Jul-11 21:45:59

Stealth boast much.

Level 7 is absolutely fine, don't worry.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 14-Jul-11 22:33:30

trying, some schools really are like Lake Woebegon, where all the children are above average. If your DCs school is like that - and my dds was too - then they're fortunate but that doesn't reflect national averages.

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