DD is in year 7 of a semi selective school where the standard of work is generally quite high. She's used to doing pretty well, she's not often top of the class in subjects but usually near. She came home yesterday all droopy lipped because she got a 6b in a geography test and said she was failing. The test before that she got a 7c which she was happy with but I know she's said she's got 6s before for other subjects and not been too upset. I don't think that's that bad but really have nothing to compare it with as she's our eldest. Does anyone know if this kind of mark at this time of the year means she is doing badly , or is she just being a drama queen? We have parent teacher meetings next month, so of course I will ask then but I'd really appreciate a heads up of she's going to get a 'could do better'.
Assuming she left primary school on level 5's (or possibly level 6's) a 6b represents the exact amount of progress expected half way through Year 7. To give you an idea, a 6b is the expected level for the end of Year 9 so no, she is not failing.
Not failing at all. Levels 6-8 are targets for the end of KS3 which can be year 9 in most schools. 6b in Geog is fine for year 7. The levels can vary in year when different topics are introduced. Talk it through with the teacher at parent evening and maybe try and talk to your daughter about why she thinks she is failing. Is the school doing enough to relieve the stress of their students is another question to ask.
We don't know what targets are yet as we haven't had PT consultations.I'm thinking it's more drama than reality as she is quite stressy about her marks, but it's something she is going to have to learn to manage.
It takes a while at secondary school to get used to all of this sometimes. In primary, they don't dwell on levels too much but at secondary school every child knows their current level, predicted level and Year 9 target in every subject. Plus it goes up and down - she will do better at some aspects of geography than others so her level will vary from test to test. Yet several times each year, in every subject, she will be told a level which can feel a bit serious and stressful at first untilyear8whentheydeclaretheydon’tcareanyway