Your child’s report

Our expectation is that the majority of students will meet Age Related Expectations (ARE).  Where students are not yet meeting ARE, due to a learning disability we expect them to continue to make a year’s progress in learning in line with all students.

How do I know if my child is making progress?

We are committed to working with our students to understand the work in such depth that they are ‘fluent’ with their learning and can recall and apply it often.  When students can do this we say they are above Age Related Expectations.  More than expected progress is when students who were ‘below’ are now ‘working at’ or if ‘working at’ are now ‘secure’ in their knowledge.

How do I know what are Age Related Expectations?

Our curriculum maps will tell you what your child needs to know, understand can can do for each subject, each term.

How can my child catch up?

Here are some questions they could ask themselves:

  • Do I always listen when the teacher is talking?
  • Do I always respect others point of view by listening to them?
  • Do I always respond co-operatively to instructions?
  • Do I always complete my homework?
  • Do I practise the skills and knowledge I have learnt at home using websites such as MyMaths or BBC Bitesize?
  • Do I ask if I need help?
  • Do I choose to succeed and believe that I can?
  • Do I review and reflect – everyday?
  • Do I tailor my notes to help me remember?  Use colour, pictures, mindmaps?

How do I know if my child needs help understanding their work, or needs to concentrate and put more effort in?

Looking at the effort column indicates a student’s engagement with their learning.  If students are rated ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ but are not on target they probably need more help understanding the work.

If a student’s effort in lessons is thought to be satisfactory then they should ask themselves ‘what more could I do?’  Students rated ‘below average’ or ‘poor’ are stopping themselves form learning and are disturbing others.

How can I find out more?

Phone or email your child’s form tutor for pastoral concerns or the subject teacher.  Their email address is on the website.

How can I help my child?

  • Value personal study.
  • Encourage them to practise what they have learnt so that they become fluent.  i.e. encourage them to go on MyMaths, Mathswatch, BBC Bitesize, recite their times tables, answer everyday maths problems.
  • Expect one and a half to two hours per night on individual study.
  • Encourage them to improve their handwriting and presentation.
  • Ask your child to explain their work to you, this will encourage them to review and reflect on what they have learnt.  Insist on full sentences that include the word because.
  • Read together.  Read the same books, magazines.  Talk about the books and articles with them.
  • Test spellings.
  • Provide a quiet time and place where they can work.
  • Consider visiting museums, galleries and places of interest.
  • Draw attention to documentaries and current affairs programmes on TV.
  • Encourage an interest in the News.