How we assess learning?

  • The principle of assessment is to check and identify what a child understands and what they need to learn next.
  • This is done on a daily and lesson by lesson basis.
  • Progress is also checked on a termly basis.
  • Targets are set for the end of each year and end of each Key Stage.
  • Some pupils will undertake tests and exams during the academic year.
  • Every child will receive a written report during the year surrounding their progress.
  • Parents have two parents evening per year they can attend to check on their child’s progress.
  • The school uses its own assessment system it has created, Wilson Stuart P Steps.

The Government has announced that schools need to create their own assessment systems involving the following principles:

  1. Give reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school, is performing.
  2. Help drive improvement for pupils and teachers.
  3.  Make sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation.

What is Wilson Stuart Progress Steps?

KS1 – KS4

  • Its content has been designed over two years by Wilson Stuart School. It’s designed to be on one continuum and to be simpler for parents to understand the progress of a child.
  • It incorporates the original P levels at the lower end and stretches up to the new mainstream National Curriculum so we challenge every child regardless of ability.  (From P1i  to P18).
  • It also crosses over past assessment systems so rough comparisons can be made when we moderate with other schools.
  • Cognition level / Age appropriated learning is also mapped into the scale. The Government wants parents to know the cognition age a child is working at.
  • It utilises a software company SOLAR to record the assessment data online. We record lesson evidence to check our staff are correct with their judgements.


  • We have a separate curriculum area to record learning in our Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty Classes (PMLD classes) so we can monitor small or tiny steps of progress with forensic detail through Routes for Learning


  • We are currently working with Penn Hall Special School in Wolverhampton to design a EYFS assessment system that is more appropriate at measuring the smaller steps progress with very young children with special education needs. This is currently being piloted and ready for launch in September 2016.

Sixth Form

  • 6th Form Students are also assessed on the same system but this is against the accreditation and qualifications they are taking.

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Exams and Accreditation

Click here to view two short videos that explain the new grading system for GCSE.

GCSE Exams

  • Our most able students will undertake GCSE exams at the end of Key stage 4 (Year 11) and they can undertake resists in the Sixth Form to improve on their English and Maths Grades.
  • Classes 4.1,4.2, 5.1 and 5.2 will undertake GCSE’s
  • GCSE Exam grading will change from Summer 2017 to a numerical value from 9 – 1 grades (Instead of  A* to G). See Grade Descriptors here.

Progress 8 and Attainment 8

  • Progress 8 is a new secondary accountability measure aimed at measuring the progress of pupils across a selected set of 8 subjects. It is designed to make sure schools have a broad curriculum. It is also designed to challenge the most able students and not just satisfy with an equivalent C  / Grade 5 pass.
  • Attainment 8 is the students’ average achievement across these eight subjects. From 2016, the floor standard will be based on schools’ results on the Progress 8 measure. Attainment 8 Points are awarded for each grade received by the student and this is plotted against their predicted outcome.

BTEC and Level 1 – 3 Accreditation

  • Students can undertake Level 1 – 3 Qualifications in either Key stage 4 (end of Year 11) or in Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form – Year 12, 13, & 14).
  • The majority of our students undertake subjects that are set at Level 1 and 2 qualification standard.
  • Classes in 4.1, 4.2, 5.1 and 5.2 will undertake these courses.

Functional Skills, Entry Level Qualifications and Awards

  • Entry level exams (Functional Skills) just focus on the core elements to a subject and are suited for our less able students not able to undertake GCSE’s or BTEC qualifications.
  • Classes in 4.3, 5.3 and 5.4 undertake these qualifications

Certificates and Awards

  • Students unable to take Functional Entry Level Qualifications will undertake vocational awards and certificates developing understanding of the world, independence and communication.

Target Setting

  • Teachers will set challenging annual targets, to aim to reach their projected Key Stage expectations. Students which fall behind or need additional support will be referred to our Faculty Leaders and Intervention team to help keep progress on track.
  • Wilson Stuart P Steps has also a key stage target setting system built into the systemwhich ultimately projects where a child should be, dependent on age and start point. This helps teachers, students and parents understand what we expect of our students to ensure outstanding progress.


  • The teachers, Middle Leaders (Faculty Leaders) and the Senior Leadership Team keeps a close eye on every child’s progress and attainment. Analyse School Performance with other school systems is used to look for patterns and trends across key groups and carefully monitor. Also we use TRACK to analyse department and school data.