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 (grades, attitude grades or both) is inputted by teachers and reported to students and their parents throughout the school year.
You can expect to receive the data, depending on the year group of your child, in:
- Early October
- Early December
- Early February
- Mid April
- Early July
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.
STEPS works by assessing the students at the start of the year to see what they understand in each subject. This generates a Baseline STEP or a starting point. Our Year 7 students complete short tests in the first school term in all their subjects. These are marked by teachers and the results are combined with other valuable information from primary schools to give all students a Baseline STEP. This will be expressed as a number. We expect all students to work towards making one STEP of improvement in each subject over the course of a year.
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.