Assessment and progress

Continuous assessment is an integral part of all our courses – without it it’s difficult to get a sense of progress. This approach helps us support your child to maximise their progress and gives a clear picture of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. This then allows us to develop learning activities that support the needs of your child. 

This is how we support your child’s progress through assessment:

Tracking child’s progress

We believe that keeping you informed and communicating the progress your child is making is of upmost importance to you. With this in mind, we have a robust system in place to support this communication:  

  • learning aims posted on the discussion forum in the learning hub
  • progress dashboard for all the online materials on the learning hub
  • self-assessment completed by your child at the end of each module, both online and on printed materials
  • mid-semester reports
  • parent’s evening at the end of the semester 

Types of assessment

Assessment by the teacher is only a part of our approach. Developing self-assessment and peer assessment skills allows your child to become more aware, more confident and as a result – more successful.

Self-assessment

Both online and print materials include opportunities for students to reflect on their learning, the things they did well and the things they feel they could do better next time. 

Peer assessment

Giving and receiving feedback is important development and helps grow English skills, as well as life skills.  

Teacher assessment

In our continual assessment process, the teacher sets and reviews learning aims with the students every lesson. Teachers will help identify what your child does well and areas they need to develop based on their language skills and their classroom performance. 

Reporting criteria

Mid-semester reports 

Mid-semester reports include several assessment areas scored from 1 to 5 with 5 being the best possible score. The areas selected and a break down are as follows: 

Spoken communication

Being able to speak is the reason why many people learn English. When we assess speaking skills of our students, we are looking at pronunciation, the range of language they use, confidence, and the effort they put in. 

Written communication 

With the continual growth in online services, social media, being able to write correctly and effectively is still important. Writing assessment includes spelling, the range of language used, organisation, and how well the message is communicated. 

Independent learning and homework 

Due to the very modern approach to our lessons and the online learning hub we wanted to capture the work and effort put into this area. In the classroom we can introduce language and support students with the production of language but working independently at home with the materials is vitally important to the students. To assess this, we looked at homework completion, the standards of homework, and work completed from the learning hub. 

Grammar

Each magazine includes a grammar focus to develop student’s skills to use the language correctly. When teaching grammar, it’s vital that your child has opportunity to use what they have learnt. This benefits your child as the amount of language acquired increases. Assessment of progress takes place through completion of a series of projects during the course.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is introduced every lesson and is vital for effective written and spoken communication. We challenge the students to use that language during projects and they are graded on that basis every lesson.

Overall comment

It is a culmination of all the work your children put into the course. This will be based on results, effort, and behaviour.