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South Dartmoor
Community College

Reports & Progress

Years 11, 12 & 13

Students in years 11, 12 & 13 receive a progress report in January.  Reports are sent home, electronically where possible, to parents and carers and include mock examination results from the autumn term. Year 12 students receive a second progress report in July. Detailed guides, with an explanation of the grades, are available in the document section at the bottom of this page. 

Years 7-10

Students in years 7, 8, 9 & 10 receive a progress report in the spring and summer terms.  Reports are sent home, electronically where possible, to parents and carers:

Spring Progress Report 1: During the week commencing 14 February 2022

Summer Progress Report 2: During the week commencing 11 July 2022

A detailed guide, with an explanation of the grades, are available in the document section at the bottom of this page.  

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor or subject teachers if you are concerned, in any way, about their progress.  You can do this using the email format with the teacher initial followed by surname: ateacher@southdartmoor.devon.sch.uk 

To ensure effective communication we rely on the contact information that we hold for you being accurate and up-to-date.  It is therefore important that you keep the school informed of any changes to your details by emailing jwills1@southdartmoor.devon.sch.uk

Parent Progress Evenings via video calls

Progress evenings are a valuable opportunity for parents / carers to meet one to one with subject teachers to discuss their child’s progress. The evenings are run remotely with meetings via video calls using the ‘Parents Evening System’.

Progress evenings, for each year group, are scheduled as follows: 

Year 7              Thursday 7 April 4.00-7.00pm

Year 8              Thursday 28 April 4.00-7.00pm

Year 9              Thursday 10 March 4.00-7.00pm (to include advice for GCSE options for Y10)

Year 10            Thursday 24 March 4.00-7.00pm

Year 11            Thursday 13 January, 4.00-7.00pm

Year 12 & 13   Thursday 20 January, 4.00-7.00pm

A letter with further information, including booking appointments, is emailed home prior to each evening.

EBACC

What is the EBacc?

The EBacc, also known as the English Baccalaureate, is a set of subjects at GCSE that keeps young people’s options open for further study and future careers.

The EBacc is made up of:

  • English language and literature
  • maths
  • the sciences (combined or separate)
  • geography or history
  • a language

What impact does the EBacc have?

The EBacc is made up of the subjects which are considered essential to many degrees and open up lots of doors.

Research shows that a student’s socio-economic background impacts the subjects they choose at GCSE, and that this determines their opportunities beyond school.

A study by the UCL Institute of Education shows that studying subjects included in the EBacc provides students with greater opportunities in further education and increases the likelihood that a student will stay on in full-time education. Sutton Trust research reveals that studying the EBacc can help improve a young person’s performance in English and maths.

 

Understanding Progress 8 – Information for Parents and Carers

 

What is Progress 8?

  • Progress 8 is a secondary accountability measure aimed at measuring the progress of pupils across a selected set of 8 subjects.
  • It is a type of value added measure, meaning that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment.

 

 

What is Attainment 8?

  • Attainment 8 is a measure of a pupil’s average grade across a set suite of eight subjects. Grades will be measured on a 1-8 point score scale, rather than the current 16-58 scale. On this scale, 1 is equivalent to a Grade G GCSE, 4 is equivalent to a Grade C and 7 is equivalent to a Grade A GCSE.

The Attainment 8 “buckets”

  • The Attainment 8 measure will take the average of a pupils points across a set of their best 8 subjects.
  • The 8 qualifications that count towards the Attainment 8 measure must fall into one of three “buckets.” If a qualification does not fall into one of these buckets, it is not counted in the attainment 8 (or progress 8) measure.