Reporting and Assessment
Assessment is not merely a grade on a spreadsheet but rather formative assessment is what goes on everyday in every class at Dover Grammar School for Girls. Teachers use assessment for learning/responsive teaching techniques for the following reasons: to establish whether their students are clear about what they need to know and what excellence looks like; to question students using a variety of techniques such as ‘cold calling’, ‘no opt out’ and ‘think-pair-share’ in order to check their understanding; to feedback in order that students can improve their work and to know when they can move forward with the learning.
Assessment at Dover Grammar School for Girls aims to:
- Offer all students an opportunity to show what they know, understand and can do
- Help students understand what they need to develop
- Advance the learning process
- Enable teachers to plan more effectively
- Help parents to be involved in their child’s learning
- Provide the school with information to evaluate progress and set suitable targets
- Help raise standards of achievement and attainment for all students
Throughout Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 ‘Assessment for Learning’ is supported and developed using the following strategies:
- Sharing learning objectives and learning outcomes with students
- Helping students to know and recognise the standards they are aiming for
- Involving students in peer and self-assessment
- Providing feedback that leads students to recognising their next steps and how to take them
- Involving both the teacher and student in reviewing and reflecting on assessment information
- Promoting confidence that every student can improve
Tracking Student Progress
In Key Stage 3 to ensure your child is making the required progress we will track them at three given points throughout the year. The tracking will give you information about whether your child has gained mastery of the curriculum at each point. To ascertain their progress in each subject, teachers may, for example, use class tests, assignments, homework and practical assessments.
The tracking also assists the teacher’s decision with regards to whether any intervention can be offered to help your child progress further. Teachers will give regular, sufficient feedback during lessons advising students what is required to improve and overcome gaps in their understanding, but there may be occasions when additional support is required and will be offered.
The tracking in Key Stage 3 will use the following data to give you information about how your child is progressing throughout the curriculum.
C4 Student has mastered the knowledge and skills within the curriculum for this tracking period
C3 Student has a secure understanding of the knowledge and skills within the curriculum for this tracking period with minor gaps in some areas.
C2 Student has a generally secure understanding of the knowledge and skills within the curriculum for this tracking period with moderate gaps in some areas
C1 Student has significant gaps in their understanding of the knowledge and skills within the curriculum for this tracking period
In Key Stage 4 and 5 teachers are required to record a projected grade for each student. The projected grade is an indication of the final GCSE or A Level grade your child is on track to achieve given their current levels of effort and academic progress. Projected grades are fluid, flexible and open to change: students will always have the opportunity to increase projected grades due to improvements in effort or refinements to study practices or examination technique
We have tracking meetings after each tracking point where we discuss student concerns (and we also send home praise postcards for those students who have made excellent progress or who have an excellent attitude to learning).
Our strong and supportive pastoral teams are on hand to motivate the students and also to assist with any anxiety issues that may occur or, they are simply there for a friendly chat.
The tracking also assists the teacher’s decision with regards to whether any intervention can be offered to help our students progress further. Teachers will give regular, sufficient feedback during lessons advising students what is required to improve and overcome gaps in their understanding, but there may be occasions when additional support is required and will be offered.
We also give attitude to learning (ATL) scores. These are scores from 4-1 – with 4 being the highest and 1 the lowest. There will be an attitude to learning score for Engagement, Behaviour and Homework.
- Curriculum Overview
- Subject Information
- Reporting and Assessment
- Extra Curricular
- Exceptional Potential
- KS3 Curriculum Overview
- KS4 Curriculum Overview
- KS5 Curriculum Overview
- Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
- Success for Further Mathematicians in the #seniorkangaroo2022! Only the best mathematicians in the country are invited to participate in round 2 of this national competition. We are so proud of our 2 students for being recognised in the top 25% of this elite group! @UKMathsTrust https://t.co/VAyLIn8hLG
- @Anstey_Harris @BranPuppy @PhillipaAshley @hume_janice Whilst we cannot condone the original theft, we're pleased that it found a loving, long-term home. In terms of reparations, the librarian is currently calculating the late fee, but would be more than willing to settle for a signed copy of your next book!
- A huge well done to our Y8 students for coming 2nd in the #FaradayChallengeDay! They did extremely well using circuits to build a moisture sensor for a drone. Thank you to Folkestone School for Girls for hosting! 🥈 @IETeducation https://t.co/cRbveE54BF
- 90% of our A-level students achieved A*-B last year. Students enjoy creating & editing films using our Mac suite. An AS Level Film Studies option is also available. Find out more at our Sixth Form Open Evening on November 24th https://t.co/RRRcrDJW4e https://t.co/3OIpcLFLqi
- A-level Science students at DGGS Sixth Form enjoy a range of extracurricular activities including IRIS Projects in Physics & Chemistry, a STEM journal & an Emerging Talent Medical Programme which includes work placement, guest speakers & entrance test practice workshops. https://t.co/Ke1XBhT7sk
- Congratulations to all the students involved in our Winter Showcase last week! It was a fantastic evening & nice to see a full hall for the concert. Well done to all students who performed, an amazing experience for all! Looking forward to the Carol Service on the 14th December.. https://t.co/ZhD037jkw1
- 50% of our A-level English Literature students achieved grade A*-A & 85% achieved A*-B last year. Find out more at our Sixth Form Open Evening on November 24th https://t.co/RRRcrDKtTM https://t.co/iFX1iBTHDy
- Thank you to @SoniaCrozier, our honoured guest speaker at Presentation Evening, a truly inspirational speech! Prizes & awards were given to students for achievement & contribution, well done! Thank you also, to the Mayor, Councillor Gordon Cowan who was able to join us. @DoverTC https://t.co/cKtNMQFUVa
- 64% of our A-Level Art students achieved a grade A*-A & 100% achieved a grade A*-B last year. Students enjoy a range of trips, life-model workshops & ‘artist in residence’ days, & have had work exhibited in top London galleries 🎨🖌️ Find out more at our Sixth Form Open Evening ⬇️ https://t.co/GjxqmJ3c1Y
- We would like to thank Mr Brian Dobinson of the @RotaryCantUK & Mr Leigh Saunders of the Leigh Educational Foundation for the generous donation towards reading books for DGGS. The money will go towards English reading texts which will hugely benefit our students! #Literature 📚 https://t.co/aqSXFLbsKi