What is Creating Futures?
Creating Futures is the system we use at Ridgewood to monitor students’ progress and attitude throughout the year, and to let parents know how their child is performing in relation to their target in each subject. Students receive information which tells them if they are ‘on track’ to achieve their target grade, as well as an attitude grade for each subject: Outstanding, Motivated, Coasting or Unacceptable. This is a reflection of the student’s attitude towards completion of work in lesson, for homework, bringing equipment, working to a high standard, and their overall behaviour. The Creating Futures system also allows teachers to record any concerns they may have with a student’s coursework or attendance, and any detentions they may have received.
When can I expect to receive Creating Futures data?
The Creating Futures data is inputted by teachers and reported to students and their parents twice in the school year.
You can expect to receive the data, depending on the year group of your child, in:
- CF1 – Mid January (Years 11 and 13)
- CF1 – Early February (Years 7 to 10 and 12)
- CF2 - Late April (Years 11 to 13)
- CF2 - Late June (Years 7 to 9)
- CF2 - Late July (Year 10 and Year 12)
In Year 7, students compete baseline assessments in English, maths and science. This data is set against national averages so that staff can support and challenge our students. In Year 8 and Year 9 these tests are repeated to measure progress in our curriculum, intervening with students swiftly when progress dips.
At the same time, students complete the CAT4 assessment which assesses reasoning skills to support the transition of our students from KS2 to KS3.
So that students are provided with a target grade that will motivate them to achieve, we use FFT20. FFT are a charitable organisation that provides the DfE and Ofsted with data regarding school performance. We have provided one target that is designed to be achievable, but also provide challenge. The targets can vary between subjects.
STEPS – Our KS3 Assessment System
Many schools across the country have changed the way they record students’ attainment in Years 7, 8 and 9. This has resulted in the removal of levels which have long been used to tell students and parents how well they are doing. Like many schools, we feel that the most important aspect of assessment is ensuring students understand where they have done well and what they need to do to improve. We use a system called STEPS. It was brought to Ridgewood after consulting with many outstanding schools across the country. We feel it supports students’ learning and simplifies our reporting to you.
The feedback we have had from other schools using the STEPS system is that students and parents like its simplicity and the fact that teachers are able to give students very specific feedback to support their progress. We do feel that the approach we are taking to assessment clarifies reporting for students and parents, and secures strong learning for our students to support them as they progress through Ridgewood School.
Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any further questions or to speak directly to our Associate Assistant Headteacher, responsible for Creating Futures, Mr Ed Ball.