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KS3 Assessment
Framework
Leigh Academies Trust
‘Approach to learning without levels’
‘LAT Approach to learning without levels’
KS3 Assessment Framework Overview
LAT have designed a KS3 Assessment Framework that has been implemented across five
secondary academies. It is a framework created by practitioners from across the Trust. The
LAT KS3 Assessment Framework is a criteria based age related assessment, recording
and
reporting system which is simple, clear and meets the needs of all stakeholders.
The ‘LAT Approach to learning without levels’ is:
A 9 to 1 grading system to enable a smooth transition to GCSEs, with grades
distributed across 3 Bands: Emerging, Secu
re and Advanced
A framework which assesses knowledge, skills and competencies during Year 7 and
8 and enables students to master these within their Expected Grade
A framework which assesses what a student can do independently and consistently,
by drawing o
n evidence from a range of sources, to provide a picture of strengths
and areas for improvement.
A framework which sets an
Expected Grade
for all students which they are expected
to maintain throughout the Key Stage
A framework where the level of challenge
through Grade Descriptors and
complexity of work increases each year.
A framework which enables students to make Good Progress if they maintain their
Expected Grade as they are meeting age related expectations
The ‘LAT Approach to learning without leve
ls’ is not:
A trajectory or flight path model model where students are expected to make steps
of progress each Module/Term
A framework which encourages teachers to promote students to the next grade or
band before they have securely mastered the skills, k
nowledge and competencies
within their Expected Grade.
The Leigh Academy
LAT Approach to learning without levels
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KS3 Assessment Framework
The Leigh Academy follows the ‘LAT Approach to learning without levels’ KS3 Assessment Framework in
Years 7 and 8. The framework has been created by LAT to provide academies with a robust
assessment
system which track
student
s
progress and enables measure
ment of how students are doing against
relevant age
related expectations. To date the ‘LAT approach to learning without levels’ has been
implemented in five secondary academies. The LAT KS3 Assessment Framework is a criteria based age
related assessment,
recording and reporting system which is simple, clear and meets the needs of all
stakeholders.
A 9
-
1 grading system across all subjects has been created where grades are grouped into Bands to
ensure a smooth transition to the new GCSE grading system:
Advanced
-
Grade 7
-
9 (
A student in this Band is at an advanced stage for the age expected grade
range for that subject)
Secure: Grade 4
-
6 (
A student in this Band is secure in the age expected grade range for that
subject)
Emerging: Grade 1
-
3 (
A stude
nt in this Band is emerging towards the age expected grade range for
that subject)
The ‘LAT approach to learning without levels’ KS3 Assessment Framework has been created by a team
of practitioners from across the Trust and enables the measurement of prog
ress from both starting
points and during the academic year
Based on key fundamental principles the ‘LAT approach to learning without levels’:
Assesses knowledge, skills and competencies during Year 7 and 8
Includes both formative and summative assessm
ent as an essential element of effective
teaching and learning.
Accurately, regularly, consistently and reliably assesses attainment and progress.
Assesses what a student can do independently and consistently, by drawing on evidence from
a range of source
s, to provide a picture of strengths and areas for improvement.
Sets high expectations for all students against the end of year and key stage expectations, to
celebrate achievement, and to inform students, parents/carers and teachers of the next steps
in
learning.
Ensures that moderation takes place both within and between academies.
Enables an analysis of assessment information to improve the quality of teaching and of
learning and enable comparisons between academies.
Provides parents/carers with asses
sment outcomes on a regular basis to give reliable and
clear information about how their child is performing against age
-
related expectations.
Provide parents/carers and students with a simple and clear assessment, recording and
reporting system students
to identify what they need to do to improve and maintain their
Expected Grade.
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