Key Stage 3 Assessment

KS3 Assessment at Oakgrove School

Following the Government’s decision to abandon National Curriculum levels at KS3 and allow school’s to develop their own systems for tracking student progress, Oakgrove has developed its own set of KS3 assessment tiers. Each subject in years 7-9 has its own set of five tiers, each with four levels of competence within it (Launching, Developing, Progressing, Mastering). These tiers are a hierarchical set of skills from tier 1 up to tier 5 and are linked to progression on to GCSE.

Students’ work will no longer be marked using NC levels but instead using these Oakgrove tiers. Students have a copy of these tiers for each subject. All marking, TfL reports, end of year targets and end of KS3 targets are now be expressed in terms of the new tiers. Work is now being annotated with “Tier 2-P” or “Tier 3-D” etc.

The table below shows how the tiers work. The expectation is that students should progress a minimum of 6 points on the scale over the course of KS3, equating to an average of 2 points per year.

The table below shows how the tiers work. More detailed information including the tiers for each subject, can be found in the booklet below.

Oakgrove Tier Position within tier Minimum Progression to GCSE Grade
5 Mastering 7-9
Progressing
Developing
Launching
4 Mastering 6-7
Progressing
Developing
Launching
3 Mastering 4-5
Progressing
Developing
Launching
2 Mastering 2-3
Progressing
Developing
Launching
1 Mastering 1-2
Progressing
Developing
Launching

KS3 Courses Content and Tiers – 2017 update