Children will receive an effort and attainment grade for each subject. There will be five grades (A-E) representing attainment and five grades (1-5) representing effort.
Grade and Effort Criteria
The five grades for attainment are as follows:
A= Excellent achievement, significantly above average performance
B= Good achievement, above average performance
C= Average achievement
D= Below average achievement
E= Struggling to cope with the curriculum
The five grades for effort are as follows:
1 = Excellent, consistent effort
2 = Good effort for most tasks
3 = Average effort for most tasks
4 = Below average effort for most tasks
5= Poor effort, a number of tasks not completed on time
Teachers will use the criteria for grading children using the grade descriptors shown above. The ‘best fit’ principle will apply in deciding grades.
As grade C is designated as ‘average achievement’, the majority of children will be awarded this level. The grade description of ‘average’ relates to the year group at WGJS and not in the context of national standards. The majority of children at WGJS are likely to be above national standards.
The grades will be given for the children’s achievement in their class work not for their performance in exams. Scores in end of year testing will be stated on reports together with the mean score for the year group.
It is the school’s policy that there should not be any ‘undesirable surprises’ in a child’s report or grade card. If the ‘best fit’ effort or attainment grade is to be either a D or E or a 4 or 5, teachers will contact parents to explain why their child is struggling and discuss strategies aimed at boosting a child’s confidence and scores.