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Shazy123 Sat 29-Dec-12 21:40:12

my ds came home a few weeks ago to say that the teacher had told her that she has a level 5+(plus) in maths and language. She's just had a school report and the target levels for end of key stage 3 is level 6. Could someone explain this to me please.....

ItsRainingOutside Sun 30-Dec-12 00:16:23

At the end of Year 6, a child is expected to be working within national curriculum level 4 so working at level 5 in Year 7 is probably the norm.

Key stage 3 ends in Year 9 and all kids will be expected to be working at level 6, this being the average level for their age. A big majority will be working at level 7 and around 20% at level 8 and even taking some of their GCSEs at the end of Year 9.

Your ds seems to be at the right level for his age.

titchy Sun 30-Dec-12 12:16:16

Just to correct the last post slightly, 5a/6c is the expected level by end KS3. A small percentage will achieve level 7 in some subjects. Level 8 is only achievable in maths and is achieved by a very small number of students. KS3 can end at end year 9 but there is an increasing trend to end it at end year 8 to give students three years of GCSE study rather than two.

Level 5 in year 7 is good - particularly in MFL where they start from no knowledge whatsoever - level 3 in languages would be regarded as normal achievement, rising to level 4 or 5 in year 8.

noblegiraffe Mon 31-Dec-12 13:05:16

An average target for KS3 might be a level 6, but if your DD is a level 5+ now, her individual target should be higher.

Timetraveller Mon 31-Dec-12 17:25:41

My dd (year 7) also had a list of target grades for the end of KS3. I think they are computer generated, and come from the CATS results. Hers were ridiculously high, so although she was pleased, we're not taking them too seriously. So much depends on how hard they work for the next 3 years. (They were all level 8s, except one level 7).

orangeandlemons Mon 31-Dec-12 17:28:28

I thought a 5b was where the majority were expected to be....

noblegiraffe Mon 31-Dec-12 19:02:23

2 levels of progress is the target for good progress from KS2. So I suppose if you're expected to be a level 4 in Y6, then you're supposed to be a level 6 in Y9 if you've made good progress.

PotteringAlong Mon 31-Dec-12 19:05:53

Why is level 8 only achievable in maths?! I sent 3 pupils in year 9 home with grade reports saying they'd got a level 8 and I reach RE...

noblegiraffe Mon 31-Dec-12 19:19:41

Is there an official national curriculum level 8 in RE?

pointedlynoresolutions Mon 31-Dec-12 20:51:37

oranges 4b is the the expected level.

But 5b is not that unusual, just above expected.

PotteringAlong Wed 02-Jan-13 08:58:01

RE isn't a national curriculum subject so there's nothing official in that sense but the non-statutory national framework document (!) goes up to level 8 and my SACRE publishes levels up to level 8.

Cacks81 Wed 02-Jan-13 18:25:15

I'm a secondary English teacher. At my school, targets are based in CATs and KS2 sub levels. Teachers will also have some input, but in year 7 it is harder as we know less about each pupil.
You can now achieve a level 8 in English. Pupils who achieve this would be expected to achieve A* at GCSE. Strong level 5- a C.
Pupils are expected to make 2 sub levels of progress in a year, obviously this is not the case for all, and some may make little progress one year, but significant progress another year, all unique.
Hope it helps.

orangeandlemons Thu 03-Jan-13 15:10:59

I meant a 5c/b at the end of KS3. Am sure the average isn't a 6

titchy Thu 03-Jan-13 15:29:30

Level 5 is target for all. Average attainment should be boundary 5a/6c (sub levels aren't reported externally though, hence the national baseline target is 5)

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