Note / Warning:

The assessment sheets handed out to students by Mr Howse during the week beginning Monday 4th July are not intended as complete and graded feedback forms. They are instructional and for the purposes of targeted feedback based upon current ability. They are meant for self-reflection and to assist in guided development.

The gradings will be altered based upon United Learning’s assessment of all students across its academy chain. As per standard deviation levelling, gradings will be standardised and altered accordingly.

Understanding your feedback form

The first set of columns tally total possible marks, against averages, and finally your marks. These are separated into Q01-04 (analytical answers) above the Grade, and Q05 (creative answer) below the Grade.

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Do not be too concerned about the Grade as this is i) given to change (as explained above) and, ii) a GCSE grade and not designed to support the needs of Key stage 3. Your development over the coming years is meant to adequately prepare you for this.

The remainder of the feedback form represents the evidence of what you have and have not achieved in each of your answers. These correspond to Q02-05. Q01 does not have targeted feedback. There are 8 categories for analysis, and 8 for creative writing (delineated into 2 aspects):

Analysis

  1. Restates question…
  2. Answers all parts of the question…
  3. Cited evidence…
  4. Explanation of evidence…
  5. Raised insight…
  6. Signified intentions…
  7. Technical vocabulary…
  8. SPaG…

Creative Writing

Content and Organisation

  1. Register and purpose matches audience and text-type…
  2. Vocabulary and linguistic devices…
  3. Structural features and paragraphing…
  4. Writing…

Technical Accuracy

  1. Sentence demarcation & forms…
  2. Punctuation…
  3. Standard English & Grammar…
  4. Vocabulary & spelling…

Where there is a value (1), this represents how successfully you have responded to this particular part of the question.

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Concerns and how to progress

Along the centre of the feedback form, you are guided to the use of Differentiation Cards. These are labelled by their number and correspond to the menu headings (above) from either Differentiation Cards or RACERS.

If you do wish to speak to me about these results, please do contact me at the school or via email. In the meantime, any student wishing to develop themselves in English, must be prepared to take responsibility for themselves:

  • You need to read – far and wide – focusing on developing your access to vocabulary
  • Identify and begin to use correct subject terminology
  • Familiarise yourself with the use of RACERS
  • Plan your work thoroughly
  • Always edit and redraft
  • Learn your spellings
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