What are Subject Reviews?   Subject Review Letter Sept 2017

Subject Reviews contain an overall personal reflection from each student on their studies at BHASVIC, as well as their views on each of their courses. This reflection takes place in tutorial where students are asked to complete this as part of the Subject Review process.

There then follows a short assessment for each course. This will contain:

1.an attendance figure for that course.

2.the student’s personal target grade (which new students set themselves in October and A2 students in January).

3.a minimum expected grade (MEG). This is calculated from national data. It is the statistically probable grade that should be achieved on a student’s courses at BHASVIC, given their performance at GCSE.

4.a grade for organisation and punctuality (set by the teacher).

5.an effort in class grade (set by the teacher).

6.an effort in independent study grade (set by the teacher).

Please note that the dates for Subject Reviews to be published and available to you are:

1.Round one: Monday 27 November 2017

2.Round two: Friday 23 March 2018

3.Round three: Friday 6 July 2018

How frequent are Subject Reviews, and when are they available?

There are three rounds of Subject Reviews which will be available to you at the following points in the academic year:

Round 1 – First week of December

Round 2 – Last week of March

Round 3 – First week of July

A simple guide to grades

MEG


The minimum expected grade(MEG) is the grade which, on average, the student would be expected to achieve. The MEG is subject-specific and is generated by analysing the grades students achieve nationally in the subject in relation to their GCSE point scores.

Personal Target grade

This grade is generated by the student*. It indicates the grade they are aiming to achieve at the end of the course. It is informed by their MEG but not limited by it. Teaching staff work with the students throughout the year and advise when the target grade should change.

Current grade

The current grade is the grade the student is currently working at, based on the evidence of work submitted and grades achieved so far on the course. It is teacher-generated at the time of the student’s Subject Reviews. For students in the second year of a course, the current grade given will take into account any grading achieved in the first year of the course. For example, AS levels constitute 50% of the overall A level grade and are considered as part of assessment for the current grade.

Organisation and punctuality, Effort in class and Effort in independent study

Teachers provide grades on a four point scale. The numbers relate to the following:

1.Excellent

2.Good

3.Some Concern

4.Serious Concern

Students who are given grades 1 or 2 are to be congratulated. This grade demonstrates that the student is successfully meeting their study commitments and working very positively towards successful achievement. In some circumstances, a student may be given good or excellent effort grades even though their current grade is lower than their MEG or personal target grade. In these instances the grades will indicate that your son or daughter is moving in the right direction and has a good attitude to their learning. With more time and access to support available to them, though ought to be able to achieve very well.

Students receiving a grade of 3 in a category are expected to use this information to prioritise improvement in that area of their study.

A grade 4 means that the teacher believes the student is very likely to significantly underachieve or not pass the course. Students receiving a grade 4 are likely to also be given an Action Plan as a way to support them to resolve the issues and improve.

Attendance

Attendance to lessons is one of the most significant factors in your son or daughter’s academic success. Please check through the attendance table in the report carefully. The attendance reported ranges from the September start to a few days prior to the report having been generated.

Attendance that is below 90% at this stage in the year is of concern. We recognise that sometimes absence is unavoidable and in these circumstances your son or daughter will continue to receive support from their teachers in achieving their potential.

Personal Tutors are working with those students whose absence is high and we have not been informed of valid reasons. In these cases, students whose overall absence remains above 10% and is largely unauthorised may be charged a £50 contribution towards their assessment costs.

If the attendance record does not appear to be accurate, please ask your son or daughter to speak with their Personal Tutor.

What happens after Subject Reviews?

The College recommends that you look through the Subject Reviews carefully and discuss these with your son or daughter. In particular, look for any significant mismatch between your son or daughter’s own personal target grade (what they would like to achieve), their MEG (a statistical guideline on what they could at least achieve) and the teacher’s current target grade. The grades here can lead to open and supportive conversations.

Studying is not only about grades, however. Your son or daughter’s own reflections are also very important. They have been asked to comment on how they are feeling about their studies, how they are getting along in each of their subjects and what this all means for the future. Your son or daughter may not have written much, or they may have written an essay! The most important consideration here is the tone of what they have written as this can lead to further discussion