Homework

At SJB, it is felt that work completed at home is an essential part of school work. When homework is used properly, it extends the challenge open to the students and ensures that teaching time is used to maximum effect. It also prepares students gradually for the more independent demands of study as they mature. Equally, we believe it is important that all students have time in their day to ‘play’ and spend time participating in extra-curricular activities. For this reason, our homework gradually increases from 50 minutes per night in Year 7 to around 1.5 hours per night in Year 11 and 2-3 hours per day in the Sixth Form.

In Year 7 and 8 there is a blend of ‘subject’ homework as well as the development of literacy and numeracy skills; every night students will complete 30 minutes of ‘subject’ homework as well as a further 20-30 minutes of homework focused on the development of literacy and numeracy skills as we believe these are fundamentally important in being able to access learning across the curriculum. From Year 9 onwards there is a greater ‘subject’ focus. Further to this, each half term, there will be a minimum of one homework aimed at improving vocabulary and one aimed at improving your child’s reading and comprehension skills.

We set homework for the following reasons:

  • It encourages students to develop the skills, confidence, and self-motivation needed to study effectively on their own.
  • It consolidates and reinforces knowledge and skills being developed at school.
  • It extends school learning (for example, through additional reading).
  • It sustains the involvement of parents in the management of students’ learning and keeps them in touch with what is happening in the classroom.
  • It helps students to develop their time-management and organisational skills.
  • It enables students to better manage the increasing demands placed on them as they get older and become young adults.

HOMEWORK TIMETABLES

Please ensure that the homework timetables are followed carefully – they are designed to help the students plan their time each evening and show the night the student is able to do each subjects homework so please make sure homework is set in advance of that day in the fortnight and is due in after it. There is no formal schedule for Year 12/13 homework, it is assumed that you will be setting 12 hours of homework a fortnight (ie. 1 hour per lesson). With the double lessons next year you may need to be a little more flexible than previously with deadlines etc to enable students to plan their time and get tasks done, this is something that will need working out with Sixth Form classes individually so that it works for them.

You might find this blog interesting https://classteaching.wordpress.com/2023/06/16/in-an-ever-more-technological-world-does-homework-still-have-a-place-yes/

Things to consider:

  • Homework tasks should be planned so that they support/complement the overall curriculum plan.
  • Homework tasks for KS3 are an excellent opportunity to develop literacy skills – reading, vocabulary and comprehension. Please aim to ensure that each half term the students are exposed to at least on vocabulary based task and one reading/comprehension task.
  • Marking of and feedback on homework tasks is vital; students must feel like the work they are doing at home is valued and valuable.
  • What you believe is a 30-minute task may take some 15 minutes and others 1 hour. It should be made clear to students that they should not spend more than the set time on their homework even if the work is not complete.
  • Students should be able to gauge whether the homework they completed in 30 minutes is acceptable for the level they are working at (ie. Linked to the KS3 Frameworks & GCSE target grades)

 Timetables can be found here

Oracy

At SJB, we strive to promote exploratory talk in our classrooms by:

1 – Establishing rules for classroom talk

 

2 – Using sentence stems and talking frames

3 – Choosing the right ‘talking points’ and employing ‘talk roles’

4 – Asking high-quality questions, and expecting students to respond in full sentences

More information about these oracy strategies, can be found on our L&T Website –https://learningandteaching.sjb.school/category/oracy/

 

Staff and students can access the talk roles via the Learning Tools app on the iPads.

Duties

Spending time with the students during their social time is the single best way to reduce negative behaviours. At SJB we do not ‘police’ the students – just spend time with them. All full-time staff are expected to do at least one break/lunch duty per week and are expected to priorities them.  You should aim to have five ‘non-work’ conversations with students during your break and where appropriate make reference to our 5 core values (Integrity, Service, Love, Respect and Aspire).  It is critical that staff turn up for their duties on time. 

Your duty allocation is on your timetable and there is a copy of the rota on the notice board outside Lee Evan’s office. In the event of absence, all duties must be covered. If your absence is planned we ask you to arrange a swap and notify Lee Evans so that he can put it onto Arbor; this helps to keep it fair on staff as there isn’t a ready pool of staff who are available to cover break/lunch duties. However, if Lee has not been notified of a swap or your absence is more last minute then he will arrange cover for you.

Please enforce the school rules when on break duty – the key ones to consider are below:

  • No mobile phones at all anywhere on site (except Sixth Form)
  • No iPads during break/lunch other than in the Hub where they are supervised and using it for work purposes.
  • No chewing gum
  • Smart uniform, no jewellery
  • Students aren’t allowed to linger in corridors
  • No food inside the building (other than in the Main hall, Canteen and Sixth Form Cafe)
  • Be vigilant for any inappropriate language, conversations or physical behaviour and challenge anything negative you witness.
Students should be sanctioned as per the school behaviour policy. If you are concerned about an incident it should be reported to the Head of Year or a member of the SLT.
Below is an outline of each of the duty areas, please check where you are meant to be and what your role is in that position.

100s block

Circulate throughout the first and second floor (check the toilets) and make sure students aren’t lingering in corridors, using iPads or eating inside.

Canteen

Please ensure the children queue to get in and control the flow. Ensure students are using the appropriate entrance and exit doors. Keep an eye out for students leaving rubbish etc. Ensure the canteen is cleared 7 minutes before the end of break/lunch.

Covered Area / SS2

Position yourself by the covered area and the new snack shack. Please ensure the children queue to get in and control the flow at the snack shack. Keep an eye out for students leaving rubbish etc. Ensure area is cleared 7 minutes before the end of break/lunch.

Field

Please wander across the field keeping students within their designated year group areas. Encourage the use of the litter bins (you may wish to wheel one about with you as you wander!). Please start to clear the field 7 minutes before the end of break/lunch.

Hall, Year 11 Cloakroom and DT Corridor

Please can you wander between the DT corridor (check toilets) back through the hall (check for litter) and back in the Year 11 cloakroom checking toilets there too). Please do this on a constant loop. Please clear the Hall and Year 11 Cloakroom 5/7 minutes before the end of break/lunch.

Maths & RE Corridor

Please can you be on a loop from maths (checking the Year 9 toilets) all the way down to music, round to English and back round. Please check for eating in corridors and clear children out as necessary; students should not be lingering in corridors.

MUGA

Please position yourself inside the MUGA looking out int the playground. Please ensure no one is eating in the MUGA, check for litter and avoid being hit by any balls! Please begin to clear 7 minutes before the end of break/lunch.

Snack Shack

Please control the line to the snack shack by the sports hall to ensure there is an orderly queue. Check for litter, and where possible also cover the stairs up to Media and English. Please begin to clear the line/quad 7 minutes before the end of break/lunch.

Sports Hall

Please can you be on a constant loop through the main section and along the corridor where the changing rooms are. Please check on the toilets as you pass. Students can eat inside but all litter must be put in bins – this is a privilege that will be removed if abused. Please also pop up stairs periodically as students tend to hide up there! Please begin to clear the foyer 7 minutes before the end of break/lunch.

Art Block

Position yourself outside the entrance to the Art block and discourage students from wandering in there. Roam into the Art block checking the toilets regularly and ensuring no eating inside. Please also ensure students are not lingering/sitting in the training suite car park. Check for litter etc. Please begin to clear the area 5/7 minutes before the end of break/lunch.

Vision and Values

Our Catholic ethos requires and inspires us to seek to develop our young people to be of service to God, one another and wider society. To achieve this requires:

  • A curriculum that stretches, challenges and inspires.
  • A wider curriculum that does not simply focus on academia but stretches beyond the confines of the traditional classroom.
  • Core values that seek to promote dignity and justice for each individual and inspires each student to embody the Gospel values.

We want our students to…

  • Deepen their relationship with God
  • Love learning
  • Achieve their academic potential
  • Have a wide range of experiences both in and out of the classroom
  • Grow into happy, confident, resilient and articulate young people
  • Leave SJB equipped to lead fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to society

Who we are

These are the 5 core values we seek to instil in all our students. They are:

  • Integrity
  • Love
  • Respect
  • Aspire (Aspiration)
  • Service

You can find out more about each of them here.

What we learn

Our curriculum:

  • Is underpinned by our motto “Have Faith…Believe you can!” and supports the students in growing their faith: in God; in themselves; and in each other.
  • Raises students’ aspirations, challenges and equips them with the knowledge and skills to flourish in their future careers.
  • Is inclusive, well designed and coherently sequenced in order to establish a strong foundation for all students.
  • Is rich, inspiring and as broad as possible.
  • Provides students with opportunities to take the curriculum beyond the classroom to develop independence, creativity and a love of learning.
  • Offers a wide range of opportunities for students to take ownership of and personalise their curriculum in order to develop existing talents and interests as well as discover new ones.
  • Fosters the development of character, communication skills, health and wellbeing in order to thrive beyond SJB.

Delivery of our curriculum:

  • Embraces the concepts of ‘teaching for mastery’ and ‘quality first teaching’.
  • Focuses on building both knowledge and skills over time.
  • Engenders high expectations of all students.
  • Strives to build students’ resilience, confidence and self-belief.
  • Is delivered by subject experts and underpinned by evidence-based practice.
  • Actively encourages making mistakes as part of learning.
  • Uses assessment to help students embed and use knowledge fluently, check understanding and inform teaching.
  • Ensures feedback is regular and concise so that students know their strengths, next steps and are given opportunities to address them.
  • Utilises the latest technology to support learning and ensure all students develop their digital literacy.
  • Develops students’ literacy skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we can do

These are 7 learning behaviours that we actively seek to develop and reward in all our students – the Student SJB 7.

  • Challenge yourself, don’t give up
  • Positive attitude
  • Curious & creative
  • Think for yourself, be independent
  • Participate fully
  • Collaborate with others
  • Try your best to improve

Staff Handbook 2023 – 2024

  1. Headteacher Letter Sept 2023
  2. Our School Mission Statement
  3. Vision and Values

Section 1: Key Information

  1. Times & Dates
  2. Day-to-Day
  3. Duties
  4. Spiritual Life
  5. Staff & Student Wellbeing
  6. Communication with Parents
  7. Technology @ SJB
  8. Staff Development
  9. Safeguarding
  10. Behaviour Policy Implementation Guide 2023-24
  11. Homework
  12. Meetings
  13. The Role of a Form Tutor
  14. Wider Curriculum
  15. Monitoring & Reporting
  16. Other useful information
  17. School Map with one-way system

Section 2: Learning & Teaching

  1. Our Vision for Learning
  2. The SJB 7
  3. Mastery Learning
  4. The Science of Learning – Metacognition & Self Regulation
  5. Literacy
  6. Oracy
  7. Student SJB 7 – Student Rewards
  8. Digital Learning
  9. Key Principles:
  10. Learning & Teaching Resources
  11. SEND Behaviour – Quick Wins for Teachers & LSAs

Section 3: Staffing Structures

  1. SLT Responsibilities 2023-24
  2. School Office Responsibilities
  3. Pastoral Structure 2023-24
  4. Staff List 2023-24

Section 4: Useful Documents & Links

  1. Running a school trip
  2. School Hub Portal
  3. Professional Development Application Form
  4. Academic Year Planner 2023-24 – PDF/ Excel (which contains additional tabs)
  5. Skills for Learning & Behaviour for Learning Matrix
  6. IT Helpdesk

 

 

Student Rewards

Everything we do at SJB is rooted in our 5 core values:

  • Love
  • Aspire
  • Integrity
  • Respectful
  • Service

All staff and students are required to live out these 5 core values daily and openly discuss them with one another. This can be in the form of praising positive behaviour as well as bringing all conversations back to these values when needing to have conversations with students who have not met the high expectations we have of them.

Praise and positive reward can be given in many ways both formally and informally and should be given as often as possible. Students who work and behave well should be rewarded for their efforts and achievements frequently.

Positive behaviour management in central to working with the students and building strong relationships. Please ensure the praise and rewards system is used more frequently than the sanctions system.

All praise incidents must be formally recorded on Arbor.

Praise can be recorded on Arbor as a House Point or as a Nomination (worth 5 house points).

HOUSE POINTS

You can award students House Points through Arbor for anything positive that should be recognised. The behaviour implementation guide provides ideas and suggestions as to how many house points to award for a variety of things. They are a fantastic way to recognise all the little things the students do really well.

NOMINATIONS

The Student SJB 7 was devised by the students and is made up of seven learning behaviours they feel are important to enable our students to leave us as successful 21st century learners. Teachers and LSAs should encourage, recognise and reward the 7 attributes outlined on the Student SJB 7:

At SJB we recognise and reward students’ effort and attitude to learning firstly through nominations.  Nominations are awarded on Arbor – it is really simple to do and takes no more than 30 seconds; parents also can view this portal. When the students have earnt enough nominations in any one of the Student SJB 7 they will either be awarded a ‘STAR Badge’ to wear with pride on their blazer (Yr 7-11) or given a stamp on their ‘Free Hot Drink Card’ (Yr 12-13).

We ask staff to award two nominations per taught lesson.

All nominations are worth 5 house points.

OTHER REWARDS

Please commit to recognising the students through Nominations and House Points as well as other mediums – a postcard, an email a quick phone call to parents are all excellent ways of making the students see just how well they are doing. We encourage all staff to finish their week making at least three positive contacts home – this goes a very long way to build positive relationships with the students and means that we as staff finish the week on a positive!

READING REWARDS

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are rewarded for reading outside school via the Sparx Reader scheme. This is run by Sam Rowan our Literacy Coordinator.

The Role of a Form Tutor

The role of a form tutor is extremely important; you are the first teacher your form sees each morning and the first link in the pastoral chain of support. The relationship a child has with their form tutor is often very different to that of any other teacher, it’s a vital relationship for students and their future successes. It is important that you take the time to get to know your tutees; their strengths, the things they like doing, who they are friends with, what they enjoy doing outside of school, where they struggle, and what their biggest challenges are.  Your role in the morning is to set them up for the day and ensure they are ready to learn.

The form tutor should check uniform, jewellery, equipment etc. at the start of the day to make sure the students are sent off to their first lesson prepared, punctual and presented smartly.

FORM TIME

Students begin each day with their form tutor from 8.50-9.15am. We ask form tutors to be in their rooms and open them to students from 8.40am.

Registers should be taken on Arbor at the start and any late students added as they arrive in form time. Students late to form should be marked as such on the register so that sanctions can be issued appropriately.

Each year group has one assembly a week, either a Year group assembly or a Key Stage assembly. The rota is below:

Year Group/Key Stage
Mon
KS3 or KS4 or 5 on rotation
TueYear 12 & 13 on rotation
WedYear 10 & 11 on rotation
ThurYear 7
FriYear 8 & 9 on rotation

N.B Where a rotation takes pace it will not always follow a week A/B order due to the way holidays/INSET days fall. HOYS: Please follow the running order of the above table. Ea. Year 10 will run one week Year 11 the next, Year 8 one week, Year 9 the next etc.

PROMOTING OUTSTANDING ATTENDANCE

Promoting oustanding attendance for all students really is the responsibility for all, with the role of the form tutor vital in it’s success. As a form tutor you will be expected to complete the register every day during registration at 8.50am using the correct codes as well as updating the register if a student is late or has an appointment. You will also be expected to work closely with your head of year and the pastoral support manager to implement the attendance policy accordingly to help improve the attendance of students in your tutor group.

PROMOTING OUTSTANDING BEHAVIOUR

As with attendance, promoting outstanding behaviour across the school is the responsibility of all. As a form tutor you will be expected to implement the behaviour policy both in and outside of tutor time. As a form tutor you will be required to positively manage the behaviour of the students in your tutor group through the awarding of house points for positive behaviour but also through distributing negative points where required. It’s really important that the number of house points distributed outweigh the number of negative points given every day. In addition to this form tutors will receive a weekly report highlighting to them the students in their tutor group who have gained -4 negative points over the course of the previous Monday – Friday week. It is the responsibility of the tutor to have a reflective and restorative conversation with these students and highlight any patterns and common threads over time to the head of year, more information on this will be provided to you through your head of year in your year meetings. 

PAUSE FOR PRAYER

On the days when there is not a key stage or year assembly, all forms must begin the day with the Pause for Prayer resource provided (this will be sent weekly via email from Megan Hodgson). These resources will be themed around one of our five core values (Service, Integrity, Aspire, Love, Respect) on a fortnightly cycle. Megan will weave in an activity from “The Day” once a week so that our focus on literacy aligns with the theme.

Pause for Prayer is a power point linked to the theme of the week and includes a reflection, video clip, Bible passage and prayer all timed to take under 5 minutes. Slides can be presented by the tutor or students. There are optional ‘Pause for Thought’ questions if there is time to develop discussion.

If you are concerned about delivering the Pause for Prayer resource or leading Prayer in Form Time then please speak to Megan Hodgson our Chaplain who will support you.

DELIVERY OF PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

PSHE helps children and young people stay healthy, safe and prepared for life – and work – in modern Britain. PSHE aims to equip students to:

  • Take individual responsibility for their physical and mental wellbeing
  • Understand the risks of drugs and alcohol and how to stay safe online
  • Develop resilience, independence and responsibility
  • Develop the personal and social skills required to succeed in commerce and industry
  • Identify misleading information and be critical of misleading news or views they might encounter.

PSHE is important because it gives every child and young person an equal opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive now and in the future.  

PSHE is a sequenced programme that builds on prior learning as pupils progress through school and like any other subject it needs regular curriculum time. PSHE is delivered to all students at SJB, every Thursday morning (Period 1), by their form tutor. Tutor groups at SJB create a sense of togetherness and belonging. This provides an environment where students feel safe to share ideas, confident enough to challenge what they believe to be wrong and take responsibility to support each other. This model of delivery improves behaviour, reduces bullying and provides relief from peer pressure.

Professional Development is provided for all form tutors to help equip everyone with the skills and confidence to deliver an outstanding provision to every student within our care.   Laura Kern is the CL for PSHE; she will circulate resources one week in advance to give you time to prepare. If you have any concerns please see her in the first instance.

THE DAY

The Day is a brilliant subscription that is available to all our students via the special link on their iPads. The Sixth Form can also access it using the school username and password – this will be given to them by the Sixth Form Team.

It provides a wealth of news articles for the students to engage with; every day a handful of new articles are added. The brilliant thing about this resource is the the majority of articles can be read at different levels, meaning that students of different reading abilities can engage with the same article and be fully involved in class discussions and activities surrounding the articles. The are also accessibility features that can be turned on/off such as a dyslexic font, screen overlay etc. All articles are stored historically and categorised by subject as well so you can link them into schemes of learning to draw on.

The following guides go through how the resource can be used in class.

Staff Presentation – How to use

Guide to Six Steps

Guide to Reading Levels

Form Tutors will be given further information as to how and when to use it in form time in September during Year Meetings, it will also be linked in with Pause for Prayer in the resources sent out each week by Megan Hodgson.

 

 

Our School Mission Statement

Our mission is to be a Catholic School where every individual is highly valued and where care and concern for others is central to our work.  All our students are expected to achieve their full potential and leave ready to make a positive contribution to society.

At SJB everything we do is guided by Gospel values.

 Love ~  Forgiveness ~ Reconciliation ~ Justice ~ Faith ~ 

Integrity ~ Humility ~ Service ~ Peace ~ Hope ~ Prayer

And the greatest of these is Love

Safeguarding

SJB is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have policies and procedures in place which are given to all staff and volunteers. Online training is mandatory once every year – you will be sent a link and will be required to complete an online training course of around 1hr30mins at some point in the Autumn term. There will also be an hour of safeguarding training on the INSET day in September.

MANDATORY DOCMENTS

You are required to read the following two documents and will be asked to sign to acknowledge that you have in September.

Keeping children safe in education Sept 2023 – Part 1 only

SJB Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

REPORTING CONCERNS

If you have any concerns that a student is being abused or at risk of being abused (whether the child says anything or not) please report your concerns immediately to one of the safeguarding team:

  • Mike McKenna – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
  • Damien Kelly – Deputy DSL
  • Mandy Hughes– Deputy DSL
  • Lisa Kenny – Deputy DSL
  • Lee Evans – Deputy DSL
  • Caroline McLaughlin – Deputy DSL
  • Simon Petri – Deputy DSL
You must report a concern using our ‘Safeguarding Reporting System’ on CPOMS (all members of staff will receive login details).

If you have any concerns about the behaviour of any member of staff, you must report your concerns immediately to The Headteacher. If the Headteacher is unavailable, please speak to the named Designated Safeguarding Lead. The SLT member responsible for Safeguarding is Mike McKenna.

At all times remember confidentiality: you are not allowed to promise confidentiality to any student – you have to pass information on. However, we always respect people’s lives and information, therefore we only share with those who need to know.

SAFEGUARDING STAFF

Please do not allow students as ‘friends’ on social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Please be aware of any comments or images you post on such sites and set your privacy settings accordingly. We strongly advise you don’t use personal mobile phones to call or text students or parents, if you do need to, then please ensure that your caller ID is switched off. School mobiles are available to borrow for school trips. Please book these with the Finance Office.

DATA PROTECTION

It is important that we work together to protect the data of our students and the staff here at SJB. The GDPR regulations state that we must protect personal data – there’s lots of aspects to these new regulations but we think it is 99% common sense! We must hold and process data on both staff and students; we take our responsibilities of keeping it secure seriously. We align with the Xavier Data Protection and Retention Policies which can be found here:https://xaviercet.org.uk/about/central-policies-and-financial-statements/.The last thing we want to do is create any unnecessary burden on staff – here is what you must do:

  • Software/online resources requiring student logins must go through Mark Kenrick to ensure GDPR compliance and be registered (so that old data can be purged when necessary)
  • Make sure any paper containing personal data is shredded – take it to the office!
  • Don’t download any personal data onto a memory stick / hard drive, use the cloud storage facilities of OneDrive instead.
  • Student photos – don’t take photos on personal mobile phones; don’t post photos alongside names online, keep them anonymous.
  • Be sensible about any data you collect and use – only collect what you need, make sure you keep it safe and don’t pass it on to anyone else unless you have permission.
  • Ensure the security of all data that may be taken away from the school site. This includes electronic and paper documents. Do not save any data onto home computers.
  • Do not share system logins or email logins.
  • Do not share any documents which hold data with any partners/agencies without discussing it with the SLT.

The school Data Protection Officer is Anna Dwyer, you must inform her of any breach or potential breach of data as soon as it is discovered so that the proper processes can be followed.

STAFF DATA

For further information on the way we use your data, please see the Xavier Catholic Education Trust Privacy Notice.

Monitoring & Reporting

REPORTS

Anna Dwyer, Deputy Head, will lead and co-ordinate the reports to parents. You can enter data from any computer with an internet connection using Arbor. Your Curriculum Leader will talk you through the various elements and ensure that you are able to enter the grades on to Arbor.

It is important that the information that goes to parents is as relevant and up-to-date as possible. This means there is a tight turnaround which is only possible because everyone keeps to the deadlines – thank you in advance for this.

The reports are important as they mark the progress of each student, allowing students, parents and the school to celebrate or provide extra support and ‘motivation’ as required. In order to do this, we collect a variety of information.

The monitoring schedule can be viewed on the academic planner (select tab) it will also be emailed out in September. The Skills, Homework and Behaviour Matrix should be used carefully. More guidance on the key aspects can be found below.

KEY STAGE 3 PROGRESS

Every KS3 student is given a baseline learning path for each subject (Emerging, Secure, Deepening, Mastering). Students should not be told their baseline as we do not wish to limit students, it is available to teachers for planning purposes only. All students are striving for excellence and should be made aware of the progress they are making over time (see below), given constant feedback on how to improve and opportunities to demonstrate their progress.

Progress should be gauged relative to their baseline when reported on the monitoring and should reflect the level of progress since their last round of monitoring. The 4 options are:

  • Less than Expected Progress
  • Expected
  • Good
  • Exceptional

Please make sure you use your professional judgement (this is the most important thing!) and think carefully about each individual and the progress they have made since the last round of monitoring.

Once per year following on from the whole school exams we will send home the “Exam Learning Path” which is the learning path that the student achieved in their exam. At this point we will also collect “Current Learning Path” which is the learning path that the student is currently working within.

CURRENT PREDICTED GRADE (KS4 & KS5)

This is the grade that you think an individual will achieve if they continue working as they are until they sit their final exam. The grade must be an accurate reflection of what the student will go on and achieve if they continue working as they are, it must not be used as a ‘kick’ or a ‘cuddle’. Only by collecting accurate information can we best support the students.

SKILLS FOR LEARNING, HOMEWORK & BEHAVIOUR GRADING

Please think carefully about the grade that you give each student for his or her skills for learning, homework and behaviour for learning. The descriptors of these three measures can be found on the next page.

A few points that you must consider when completing the monitoring and also student report cards at the end of lessons:

  • What constitutes ‘a good skills for learning grade’ will vary from student to student. For some students a C grade is brilliant, for others this will be poor and they can do better. It is always worth taking 5 minutes to either discuss the skills for learning grading with a whole class or with certain individuals as the monitoring is being completed so that they understand why they have been given a certain grade and whether it is a ‘good’ grade for them or whether they should be achieving more.
  • A good way of approaching the monitoring is to consider a student to be a ‘C2’ when they first walked into your classroom in September (ie. a fresh start). They then need to impress you to move up to a B2, B1 etc. or fall short of expectations and move to a C3 etc.
  • The ‘A1’ really should be reserved for the very best students. It requires them to be going above and beyond both in and out of the classroom – it’s really important that the ‘A’ for skills for learning is reserved for those who truly do extend their learning outside of the classroom (they need to have had opportunities to demonstrate this)
  • An ‘A1’ student cannot be given less than expected progress (ie. -1)… it is counter intuitive! You’re essentially saying that they are doing everything they can both in and out of the classroom and yet still they aren’t making the progress you’d expect of them… the deduction for parents will be ‘well in which case you aren’t teaching them properly’ and this simply won’t be the case!
  • CLss/HOYs and parents should already be aware of any student being given a grade 4 for behaviour as it implies there has been a succession of poor choices resulting in after school detentions and phone calls home.
  • KS3 progress grading should be based on the progress they have made since the last round of monitoring. Teachers should be using their professional judgement to look at the wholistic picture rather than basing it off one test result. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself “given everything I know about child X, are they on track and making the progress the that I would expect of them”. If the answer is “no” then they are making “less than expected progress”, if the answer is “yes” then you need to decide whether they are just making “expected progress” or whether their trajectory is accelerated, in which case you need to consider “good progress” or “exceptional progress”.
  • Current predicted grades are the grade you believe the student will achieve at the end of Year 11/13 if they continue working as they are – they should be as accurate as possible as this is the only way that CLs/HOYs can accurately work out who needs intervention. Do not use predicted grades to give a kick or a cuddle, they need to be accurate!

It is important that the students know how they are working day-to-day, particularly if they are not meeting your expectations.

  • If you are planning on giving a student a behaviour for learning grade 3/4 – Have you talked to them about it already? Have you tried a variety of rewards/sanctions? Are the parents aware that their child’s behaviour is not good enough? Have you mentioned the issues to your Curriculum Lead?
  • If you are planning on giving a student a skills for learning grade D… Have you talked to parents about their child’s learning skills / homework? Have you raised your concerns with the Head of Year?

PASTORAL / DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Students who receive grades D or 4, or a significant number of grade 3s will be picked up by the Head of Year and placed on pastoral report. You will be notified of students who are on report in your classes or form group following on from a round of monitoring. Students should hand you their report at the start of the lesson. Please be consistent with your grading using the descriptors given. If you give a grade D (or C if it is a student who should be working at a higher skills for learning grade), or a grade 3/4 for behaviour please sanction the students appropriate. They will also be sanctioned by the HOY – the double whammy just helps them learn faster!

Students who receive grades D, 3 or 4 in one subject only should be picked up by the CL and put on subject report.

Students who receive a large number of C grades may be put on report if the HOY feels that they should be working at a higher skill level.