All pupils at The Barlow are set challenging but realistic targets, which they are ‘tracked’ against. Targets are based on prior attainment and pupils’ progress, individually and collectively. The targets are a way of setting and agreeing high but realistic expectations and help develop a positive culture where everybody knows what needs to be done to improve.
Targets are set on the belief that all pupils can make at least the expected levels of progress from Year 7 to Year 11, with some pupils exceeding them. Year 7 targets are set by liaising with Year 6 teachers at children’s primary schools. Targets are reviewed or ‘tracked’ termly (three times per year) and may be increased to further stretch and challenge the pupil.
To help pupils understand their ‘current grade’ against their ‘target grade’, teachers indicate if a pupil is on track to meet their final target. If a pupil’s current grade is less than the target grade for example, they are not necessarily underachieving.
At The Barlow, assessment for learning is high on the raising achievement agenda. Tracking helps teachers decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there. It is based on the principle that pupils will improve most if they understand the aim of their learning, where they are in relation to this and how they can achieve it.
Measuring Progress – Expected, Good and Outstanding