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Hi Is anyone else confused with these targets my DS is in year 8 and his end of year report has stated he has achieved
his target in Maths which was 3 - and 2= for something else etc etc
my eldest got 7 in his GCSE''s for most subjects , why has it changed ! Its so annoying and confusing and is 2= in year 8 an average target or very low? I know he's never been very academic but this looks grim to me. Id appreciate some advise.
This winds me up.
Why don't some schools include explanations of their systems with their reports?
Our school does 'flight path' on track for at end y11 eg 2-3, 4-5, 6, 7+ and then a statement on progress since y7 'well below, below, expected, good, excellent'
My advice would be to contact the tutor asking for an explanation of the report!
Who knows whether a 2 is an average or low target, it’s something the school has made up and is a pile of crap. There should at least be a letter with it explaining the numbers? If they’re GCSE grades then a 2 seems low if you’re hoping for 7s in Y11.
What were your DS’s SATs results? The targets will be based on that.
Thanks for your feed back , I think I will get in touch with the school I just don't want to be one of those parents who are pushing their year 8 child who is plodding on enjoying school to a crazy demanding parent that is giving them pressure i think there is so much pressure on children these days to get grades etc that it can cause a lot of anxiety.
I would guess its the GCSE level he's at now but check with school. Think our school have them going up 1 a year so a 2 end year 8 would be a 5, a 3 would be a 6.
I would check with school though and check how accurate it is. Previous schools were very accurate but they had one person entering data using consistent methodology. Their current school has lots of staff entering masses of data in all different ways - maths department use it correctly. Other subjects don't always enter data correctly and it creates very volatile predictions if a child has missed a test as some staff enter that as 0 and it averages out, same issue with partially done tests. History appears to have given up on the system and can't say I blame her. Less data of higher quality would be much better or one person doing it.
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