Key Competencies & Assessment

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Key Competencies

Every subject has its curriculum split into a series of key competencies.  Each Key competency is a skill or knowledge that it is necessary for students to master to be able to perform at the very highest level.

Three times a year, from year 7 to year 10, we report to parents how well each student has mastered each key competency.  We will assess each one as mastered, secure, developing or emerging.  If a student is mastered on all key competencies within a subject we would expect them to be tracking towards a grade 7-9 in year 11. 

Below we have a timetable of when key competencies are taught and assessed for each subject.  In addition there is a suggested resource so that students can work independently to improve their chances of success.

Assessment

Assessment is a key part of any educational system.  We assess students for two major purposes – one to inform teachers about what children have learnt and what they still need to learn and secondly to inform students about their next steps towards improving.

We assess every child on each key competency they have been taught.  This gives us a picture of exactly what each child has learned and what they still need to do to improve.  Every assessment is followed by dedicated time in lesson working to improve the students’ understanding and application of the key competency (DIRT time).  Three times a year a report is sent home for every student in year 7 to year 10 that details the attainment of the student against all assessments taken.  A guide to the key competencies taught for each subject and the timings of the assessments are in the links below subject by subject. 

In addition each subject will provide each child with a summative assessment – assessing everything that has been taught.

A link to the key competencies in each subject is below:

Art

Ceramics

Dance

Design Technology

Drama

English

Ethics

Food technology

Geography

Health and Social Care (Year 10)

Heath and Social Care (Year 11)

History

Mathematics

Media

Music

PE (KS3)

PE (Year 10)

PE (Year 11)

Science

Sociology

Spanish

If you have any further questions please email curriculum@avonvalleycollege.org.uk.

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