How we measure progress at DPA
How we measure progress at Derby Pride Academy
At Derby Pride Academy, many of our students have experienced disruption to their studies. As a result, normal routes of progress cannot be assumed.
We gather Previous School Assessment (PSA) data for all subjects, in addition to KS2 data. On entry, all students sit a baseline assessment for the subjects we deliver. These baseline assessments are usually specimen or past exam papers. Whilst we look to support our students in making their expected progress from KS2 levels, we realise this is not always possible and so aim to ensure the gap that may have been created due to disengagement in education narrows whilst with us.
All students in KS3 and KS4 are assessed using the New GCSE Grading Structure of 9-1. This is in-line with many of our commissioners who are viewing Key Stages 3 and 4 as one journey. The average grade at the end of Year 9 should be around a level 3.3, although progress is personalised to the individual and must take in to consideration their starting point.
We appreciate that, for some students, being assessed on a 9-1 scale – particularly at Key Stage 3 - creates some challenges. As a result, we have devised 3 additional ‘Learning’ criteria so we can accurately measure progress for every student.
The new structure will enable all students to stretch themselves whilst supporting their understanding of the new GCSE grades. In addition, a whole academy structure allows staff to monitor progress over the entire time a student is in Secondary education whilst identifying students who require additional support or need challenging further.
At KS3, we have found many of our students enter with Reading Ages below their actual age. As a result, we focus on making progress by improving reading ages each full term. This is through rigorous baselining using the New Group Reading Test (NGRT) on entry and retesting throughout the year. 1:1 intervention is also provided for those with significantly low ages.
For our KS4 students, we currently judge progress based on x2 sub-levels per academic year from DPA baselines. We use this information, in addition to PSA and KS2 data to identify under-performers for 1:1 academic intervention.
For all Year 11s, we produce an individual ‘Flight Path’ to evaluate their academic progress with us: example as follows,
Should you wish to discuss your child’s progress, please contact either Mrs C Smith (Vice Principal) or Mrs K Hayes (Principal) who will be more than happy to support you with any enquiries.