Changes in curriculum and national performance and accountability measures
A new National Curriculum came into force in September 2014. This includeD some changes to content and we have adjusted our schemes of work accordingly. National Curriculum Levels have been abolished and the Academy has moved to the system across all of KS3 of monitoring performance against key performance indicators (KPIs).
Key performance indicators are a set of criteria that students of a particular year group will need to meet in that subject over the course of the year to properly access the next year’s programme of study. For example in Mathematics there are 21 KPIs in Year 7 and there are 18 KPIs in English. The expectation is that all KPIs are met over the course of the year. Hence if students fail to meet these KPIs under assessment, they will be expected to do additional work and assessments to catch up. A full list of the KPIs with descriptions can be found on our curriculum pages.
KPIs are currently being used in year 7 for mathematics and for years 7, 8 and 9 for English. Science will transition to KPIs in 2016-17 and other subjects will follow. Details will be released in due course. These will be reported as a number of successfully demonstrated KPIs out of the total for the year. It will be indicated to parents whether the student is progressing on above or below expectations, this will be further elucidated when reports are sent out at AP3.
New GCSEs have been introduced in all subjects. The new GCSE is now graded on a numerical scale, 9 to 1, rather than using the previous alphabetical scale, A* to G. Students are required to sit all components of the GCSE qualification in one sitting, normally at the end of Year 11. A grade 4 is the equivalent of a C, with a grade 5 being a strong pass.
The Government has recently changed how it measures the performance of schools. It now looks at a system of measuring the progress students make from joining the school in Year 7 to leaving in Year 11. We are delighted that this measure so far has indicated that Stockport Academy is adding value to students from their starting points at a figure significantly above National Average. There are other basic measures: the percentage of students achieving 4+ and 5+ in English and Maths, Attainment 8, Progress 8 and EBACC APS.