Understanding Our Children’s Secondary School Results

Secondary school years are a very important time for your child and you. This is not the time to say ‘oh they are independent now, they can sort themselves out.’

Having an understanding of their school levels gives you a better awareness of what is going on and also enables you to ask the right kind of questions either to your child or where necessary to his/her teacher.

Teachers make decisions about the levels your child achieved through assessment of classwork, home learning, examinations and test results. These levels are vital as they are used to inform target and projected information, provide feedback from teachers and they do allow both our children and us to see what areas require improvement.

Just like the primary school levels, each level in secondary schools is as well sub divided in A B and C, where A is the higher level and C is the lower.

A typical example is where children can have different sub levels of the same level, i.e. a child with a 5a tells us this child comfortably meets the required standard to achieve top of the level, while a 5c would tell us that a child has only just met the required standard.

Key Stage 3 – Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9
Key Stage 4 – Year 10 and Year 11

The National level expected at the end of Year 9 is level 5/6, but please note this as well it is just a guide and our children should aim to achieve higher than these expected levels. The targets achieved in Key Stage 3 are used to set targets levels for GCSEs.

In our next post, we will explain the translation of levels into the GCSE grades.

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