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Curriculum Overview

​General Overview

 

 

The Key Stage 5 Curriculumhttps://www.gillingham-dorset.co.uk/Documents/Curriculum/Curriculum KS5.pdfThe Key Stage 5 Curriculum17/05/2017 14:51:09
The Key Stage 4 Curriculumhttps://www.gillingham-dorset.co.uk/Documents/Curriculum/Curriculum KS4.pdfThe Key Stage 4 Curriculum17/05/2017 14:45:01
The Key Stage 3 Curriculumhttps://www.gillingham-dorset.co.uk/Documents/Curriculum/Curriculum KS3.pdfThe Key Stage 3 Curriculum17/05/2017 14:30:27
The Curriculum Policyhttps://www.gillingham-dorset.co.uk/Documents/Policies/Curriculum Policy.pdfThe Curriculum Policy17/05/2017 14:22:13

Progress, Monitoring, Reports and Parents Evenings

Each term we communicate directly with parents through either a Parents’ Evening, Progress Report or Full Subject Report. Full details of reporting and Parents' Evening dates for each year group are available on the school calendar.

In Years 7 to 9, students will be assessed against subject specific attainment criteria, designed by departments, to be a foundation for future learning at GCSE level and beyond. Subject teachers assess each student’s progress from their baseline on entry (currently their Key Stage 2 results from Year 6) to their current attainment. The Progress Indicators represent a student’s progress in relation to their expected progress at the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11). Please note that this is purely a measure of the knowledge, skills and understanding a student has in a particular subject. Due to the nature of learning in some subjects, especially those started later in a student’s school career (such as Modern Foreign Languages and Computer Science) it is difficult to access the upper bands of achievement in the initial stages. Therefore, students’ current progress will sometimes appear to be lower in these areas than in other subjects. This is not necessarily cause for concern. It is not intended as a reflection of their work ethic, commitment or effort. These qualities are recognised in the Attitude to Learning scores.
 

​Green​you are making better than expected progress
​Blue​you are on track, making expected progress
​Yellow ​you are developing towards your expected progress


In Years 10 and 11, students learning will be assessed using GCSE/BTEC criteria and grades. Targets are set using a combination of estimates based on a student’s prior attainment and teacher’s professional judgement. In addition, students currently receive a Working At grade which gives an indication of their current attainment in relation to their target grade. These should be read alongside the Attitude to Learning scores.

In the 6th Form, students learning will be assessed using GCSE / A Level / BTEC criteria and grades dependent on the courses students are studying. Targets are set using a combination of estimates based on a student’s prior attainment and teacher’s professional judgement. In addition, students currently receive a Working At grade which gives an indication of their current attainment in relation to their target grade. These should be read alongside the Attitude to Learning scores.