Extended Learning, Assessment & Reporting and Rewards

Extended Learning

Homework is seen by the college as a means by which student learning in lessons can be enhanced, extended and enriched. Its successful completion requires students to develop skills of self-organisation and self-motivation.
Subject teachers set different types of homework; these can be categorised as follows:

Homework is set on google classroom; students in years 7 and 8 also record their homework in planners.

Students are not given a homework timetable; they are asked to plan their time so that homework is distributed evenly over the school week. Deadlines are set so that this can occur. By taking responsibility for this aspect of their learning, students develop important skills of independent working.

Parents can support their children in completing homework tasks to a high standard by checking their child's planner or google class page regularly, and by discussing their homework with them.  It is also helpful if parents/carers provide a quiet working place and a routine each day to allow time for homework.

Other ways in which you can support your child with homework are:

Assessment & Learning

Students’ work is regularly assessed in all subjects; internal examinations are held in Years 10 and 11.
 
All faculties follow a common framework for assessing students’ learning and providing feedback. Oral and written feedback recognise what has been achieved and indicate how further progress can be made.  Students are encouraged to reflect on their assessments, to engage in peer and self-assessment, and to take increasing ownership for their learning.
 
Each faculty updates their assessment data at least once per term, together with information regarding effort, behaviour, homework and organisation. Parents are sent two progress checks per year. These reports summarise progress against targets in each subject and give grades for effort behaviour, homework and organisation. In addition to the progress checks, a full report is also produced each year. The full report summarises progress against targets in each subjects and also contains an overall comment from the form tutor.

However, our main way to report is through our parental intranet; this gives parents an up to date, live report.
Statutory assessment information is available to parents throughout the year via BVC Parental Remote Access. Through this system, we offer a dynamic live output of current levels/anticipated grades against targets in each subject. This facility also gives the opportunity for parents and carers to contact subject or form teachers directly and to monitor all key data regarding their sons/daughters.

House System & Rewards

We have recently launched a House System at the college, which has been tremendously successful for a range of reasons:

All the college staff is committed to recognising and celebrating the achievements of all our students. We are here to encourage self-belief in our students so they strive to be the best that they can be.  Our system of house points intends to acknowledge success, to motivate students to do their best and to share their successes with parents/carers.
 
Students are motivated when:

Teachers will administer either 1 or 2 rewards points to students using the criteria below.  Teachers may decide to award a faculty certificate for truly outstanding work.  Students will receive 3 points for this reward in the first instance, five for the second, and seven thereafter. 

Level 1 Reward (1 point)
  • Demonstrating excellent effort or progress
  • High quality class or homework
  • Being helpful to a fellow student or staff member
  • Persevering through a challenging situation
Level 2 Reward (2 points)
  • Consistently excellent effort or progress
  • Outstanding class or homework
  • Valued contribution to the college outside of lessons e.g. at an event or extra-curricular club
Level 3 Reward (3 points)
  • A faculty certificate will be issued home for truly commendable work/effort/progress/contributions


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Automated Rewards

Students will receive additional reward points for excellent attendance and no negative behaviour entries. 

100% attendance over 4 weeks, cumulative over the year e.g. 1 point first, 2 second, 3 next and thereafter. 1 point
No negative behaviour entries over 4 weeks, cumulative over the year e.g. 1 point first, 2 second, 3 next and thereafter 1 point

Markers for Success

As students accumulate points through teacher administration and automated point scoring they will be able to view the current point score via the intranet and remote access.

Students will move through the threshold levels which will also be visible via the intranet.
Students and Parent/Carers will receive an electronic certificate every time they move to a higher level. 

Dominic Fullman
Deputy Principal
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Ed Compton
Deputy Principal
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