Assessment in Year 7, 8 and 9 tests how well students have learnt the Threshold Concepts in each subject.
Learning during the year is split into three cycles:
Each cycle is composed of three areas, and this gives students time to reflect and respond to feedback from assessments.
In most subjects, there will be a Key Assessment Task at the end of each cycle. The task is completed during lesson time and is undertaken in different formats depending on the subject.
Some subjects, such as physical education, drama, music and art, may assess performance towards achieving the Threshold Concepts over a range of lessons.
Typically, Key Assessment Tasks will include multiple choice questions, short answer questions, vocabulary questions and questions that assess application through extended writing or problem solving. They will also test learning from previous cycles to help students remember what they have learnt in the long term.
The Key Assessment Tasks determine the extent to which the Threshold Concepts are understood and support students in their learning of the concepts.
Students will receive feedback during their lessons as part of the third phase of the learning cycle. This provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their work and complete tasks that will aim to close any gaps in their knowledge in the last two weeks of each cycle.