Key Stage 3 Levels

YOUR CHILD’S ATTAINMENT AT KEY STAGE THREE

(Year 7-9)

How is this measured?

At QIS during Years 7, 8, and 9 we make use of the UK National Curriculum levels to measure the attainment of all students in all subjects (with the exception Mathematics, Arabic, Qatar History and Islamic Studies). The National Curriculum is accompanied by a series of eight levels (Levels 1-8). These are used to measure your child’s progress compared to other students of the same age.

Are these the same as the levels used at the primary school?

Yes. There are eight National Curriculum levels, covering the ages 5-14 years. The lowest is Level 1, which describes the achievements of children at around the age of 5. The highest is Level  8, which is attained by the most able pupils at the age of 14. There are differences in the curriculum and some subjects measured at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) might not have been measured at Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) using National Curriculum levels, for example DT and Art. It is also worth remembering that some students begin new subjects at Key Stage 3.

On my child’s report there is a letter next to the level. What does this mean?

Each number level is quite broad so each one is divided into three sub levels, e.g. Level 5 is split into 5a, 5b and 5c. These can be defined as follows:

C – student has started to work at the level

B – student working well within the level

A – student has reached the top of the level and is working towards the next level

Should my child go up a level each time I get a report?

Not all students progress at the same rate and they may not progress evenly. You may find that your child remains at the same level between two sets of reports for some subjects or they might progress by only one sub level. Expected progress across one key stage is one and a half levels. Very good progress would mean that a student makes two levels of progress from the start of Year 7 to the end of Year 8 (e.g. from level 4b to 6b). If you have any concerns about your child’s progress at any time please do not hesitate to contact us.

Will my child sit tests in Key Stage 3 similar to those in Year 6?

Students in Key Stage 3 will sit exams at the end of Year 8 in Mathematics, and end of Year 9 in English and Science. This allows us to offer tests which we will use to report KS3 attainment, compare student progress and inform teachers about possible iGCSE grades.

In Year 9, we can roughly predict students’ performance at IGCSE level, for example a student with a level 5b will go on to achieve a grade C at iGCSE. Furthermore, students who attain level 6c will achieve a grade B, and 6a an A grade, and so on.

In light of this we would expect Year 9 students to achieve the minimum of a level 5b or above in English and Science. However, in Maths students are starting IGCSE Maths in Year 9 so report grades will be in Grades A*-U.

Table of Key Stage 3 Levels and Sub-Levels

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Key stage 3 reporting guide

Key Stage 3 Reporting Guide – Students

This is a guide to your son /daughter’s report at Key stage 3 (Year 7-9). Please read the instructions carefully and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s subject teacher.

In Years 7-9 subjects are graded by UK National Curriculum levels, these levels range from 1c to 8a.

Year 9 Mathematics is covering the IGCSE curriculum so Grades A*-U are given rather than levels.

KEY
1 Outstanding
2 Good
3 Requires Improvement
4 Cause of Concern
Attainment (Levels) – KS3

The level is the student currently achieving in the subject, usually the average of a number of assessments

Predicted Grade (Levels) – KS3

The level the student will achieve by the end of the year

PROGRESS – KS3

Comparison between the Target Grade and Predicted Grade

At this point in time if the student continues to work as at present they:

1 Will exceed the target set
2 Will be in line to meet target
3 Will be one or two sub levels below the target set
4 Will be one full level or more below their target
EFFORT
1 The student is totally committed to achieving their best and is always helpful.  The student listens and acts on advice given.
2 The student shows a good deal of commitment and usually engages themselves in learning.
3 The student sometimes completes the work set to a reasonable standard but could do better.
4 The student fails to apply effort in their learning and shows a reluctance to complete their work.
                                       BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDE TO LEARNING
1 The students always co-operates with other students and staff.  The student has high standards of self-discipline.  They quickly settle into work and show a great desire to learn.
2 The student co-operates on most occasions with other students and staff.  Self-discipline is evident.  Their approach to work shows a willingness to learn.
3 The student can co-operate but there are occasions when lack of self-discipline has led to disruption in the classroom.  The student usually shows some willingness to learn.
4 The student finds it difficult to engage in the classroom showing a reluctance to work.  Their behaviour impacts on the learning of others.
Key stage 4 reporting guide

Key Stage 4 Reporting Guide – Students

This is a guide to your son /daughter’s report at Key stage 4 (Year 10-11). Please read the instructions carefully and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s subject teacher.

IGCSE grades awarded by exam boards are grades A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, U. Passing grades are A*-C.

KEY
1 Outstanding
2 Good
3 Requires Improvement
4 Cause of Concern
Attainment (Grades) – KS4

The grade the student currently achieving in the subject

Predicted Grade (Grades) – KS4

What grade the student will achieve by the end of the IGCSE course.

EFFORT
1 The student is totally committed to achieving their best and is always helpful.  The student listens and acts on advice given.
2 The student shows a good deal of commitment and usually engages themselves in learning.
3 The student sometimes completes the work set to a reasonable standard but could do better.
4 The student fails to apply effort in their learning and shows a reluctance to complete their work.
                                       BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDE TO LEARNING
1 The students always co-operates with other students and staff.  The student has high standards of self-discipline.  They quickly settle into work and show a great desire to learn.
2 The student co-operates on most occasions with other students and staff.  Self-discipline is evident.  Their approach to work shows a willingness to learn.
3 The student can co-operate but there are occasions when lack of self-discipline has led to disruption in the classroom.  The student usually shows some willingness to learn.
4 The student finds it difficult to engage in the classroom showing reluctance to work.  Their behaviour impacts on the learning of others.
Key stage 5 reporting guide

Key Stage 5 Reporting Guide – Students

This is a guide to your son /daughter’s report at Key stage 5 (Year 12-13). Please read the instructions carefully and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s subject teacher.

AS Grades awarded by Exam Boards are as follows: A, B, C, D, E and U. Grades A-E are passing grades.

A2 Grades awarded by Exam Boards are as follows: A*, A, B, C, D, E and U. Grades A*-E are passing grades.

KEY
1 Outstanding
2 Good
3 Requires Improvement
4 Cause of Concern
Attainment (Grades) – KS5

The grade the student currently achieving in the subject, usually based on an average of tests and class work.

Predicted Grade (Grades) – KS5

The grade the student will achieve by the end of the year

 

EFFORT
1 The student is totally committed to achieving their best and is always helpful.  The student listens and acts on advice given.
2 The student shows a good deal of commitment and usually engages themselves in learning.
3 The student sometimes completes the work set to a reasonable standard but could do better.
4 The student fails to apply effort in their learning and shows a reluctance to complete their work.
                                       BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDE TO LEARNING
1 The students always co-operates with other students and staff.  The student has high standards of self-discipline.  They quickly settle into work and show a great desire to learn.
2 The student co-operates on most occasions with other students and staff.  Self-discipline is evident.  Their approach to work shows a willingness to learn.
3 The student can co-operate but there are occasions when lack of self-discipline has led to disruption in the classroom.  The student usually shows some willingness to learn.
4 The student finds it difficult to engage in the classroom showing reluctance to work.  Their behaviour impacts on the learning of others.