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Results of Key Stage 3 Parent and Carers Questionnaire

As you may already be aware, there are national changes taking place which affect the way schools record the assessment of pupils’ learning during key stage 3. National curriculum levels will no longer exist and so we are looking at different ways of reporting pupil progress at Key Stage 3 to parents and carers. As part of this, we have surveyed parent and carers views on the most important information that should be included in full reports and interim reports. The results of the survey are summarised below.

Survey Results

Parents and carers rated the following information on a scale of 1 – 4.

1 = I have no interest in this information.

2 = This information is mildly interesting but not essential to me.

3 = This information is useful to know and I would like to receive it if possible.

4 = I feel that this information is vital and I would be disappointed if it wasn’t included.

Please circle the most appropriate number.

A.       Information about your young person’s attendance to school.

Scale

1

2

3

4

Number of Parents or Carers

1

2

4

3

B.      Information about your young person’s attendance to individual lessons.

Scale

1

2

3

4

Number of Parents or Carers

2

 

1

7

C.      Information about your young person’s engagement in lessons.

Scale

1

2

3

4

Number of Parents or Carers

 

1

1

8

D.     Information about your young person’s progress in each subject.

Scale

1

2

3

4

Number of Parents or Carers

 

 

3

7

E.      Information about whether your young person’s attainment is in line with, above or below their expected attainment.

Scale

1

2

3

4

Number of Parents or Carers

 

 

6

4

F.       Information about your young person’s projected GCSE grade, even though they are still in Key Stage 3.

Scale

1

2

3

4

Number of Parents or Carers

1

4

2

3

G.     Detailed information about the level of understanding your young person has shown in each unit of work studied.

Scale

1

2

3

4

Number of Parents or Carers

 

1

3

6

H.     Information about areas for development and next steps in learning for your young person.

Scale

1

2

3

4

Number of Parents or Carers

 

1

4

5

Further comments from parents and carers:

On a school report I look to see if my son’s grades are above, middle or below average – just to make sure all is OK.

Then I read the teachers comments to know what they think of him.

Some sort of numerical guide is needed as it can highlight concerns which may need intervention.

Summary of results

Most parents and carers value information on attendance to school and to individual lessons.

The vast majority of parents and carers feel that information on engagement, progress and attainment in individual subjects is important.

50% of parents and carers would be interested in information about a young person’s projected GCSE grade when they are in KS3.

The vast majority of parents and carers would like to receive detailed information about the level of understanding a young person has shown in each unit of work studied and information on next steps in learning.

Conclusion

Currently we have two brief, numerical interim reports and one full written report each year during Key Stage 3. We will continue to report on school attendance, attendance to lessons, readiness to learn (engagement), whether your young person’s progress and attainment is in line with, above or below their expected progress and attainment.

We will explore and develop new ways of reporting on the level of understanding your young person has shown in each unit of work studied and their next steps in learning. As part of this we will look at how much information can be included in interim reports and full written reports.

We will also give careful consideration as to the value of including young person’s projected GCSE grade whilst they are still in Key Stage 3. This needs to be considered with care especially as our young people come to us with a range of health issues and their progress may be erratic because of this, consequently projecting GCSE grades may be difficult to do accurately.

During the remainder of this school year we will work towards redeveloping our interim and full written reports in line with national changes to assessment at Key Stage 3 and to meet the needs of our young people and their families as fully as possible

Our thanks to all Key Stage 3 parents and carers who contributed to this survey. 

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