We believe that parent / carers play a vital role in your child’s education and that a pupil’s success and development is built upon on a successful partnership between home and school.
Manchester Communication Academy maintains a high level of contact with parents / carers throughout the year. Members of staff will often write to parents, contact them by telephone or invite them in to discuss issues of importance about their child’s welfare and progress. Likewise, we encourage parents to contact us if they have any concerns they would like to discuss, following the MCA guideline and protocols.
We hope the information on this website will give you an insight into Manchester Communication Academy.
ASSESSMENT AT KEY STAGE 3
At MCA, we believe that accurate and frequent assessment of learning is a key element to providing high quality, personalised teaching and learning experiences. As we strive to provide a vibrant KS3 curriculum, assessment must be timely, appropriate and designed to move learning on. All formal assessments and tests are well thought out and have a specific purpose in ensuring progress in knowledge and skills. However, our understanding of assessment goes far beyond formal tests and exam style questions. All lessons will include opportunities for questioning, quizzing and application of learning that will then be responded to immediately by the teacher so that any misconceptions or missed content can be addressed and rectified.
HOW WILL MY CHILD BE ASSESSED AT KS3?
Students' acquisition of knowledge and their development of skills will be frequently assessed by their teacher through a variety of formal ad informal assessment strategies. Students will be guided to apply their learning through a range of tasks from verbal questioning and discussion to extended written responses and exam style questions, all of which will contribute to a teacher assessment. Each curriculum area will then use subject specific criteria (the MCA steps) to assess which step the student is currently working at and what they need to do to make further progress. As such, teaching and learning is responsive to student progress within lesson as well as providing more formal feedback through our STAR approach.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT PROGRESS MY CHILD IS MAKING?
Three times a year, you will receive a report that outlines which step your son/daughter is currently working at. This report will also include the age related expectation for each subject, relevant to your son/daughter. In addition, the report will also provide you with information about the progress that your son/daughter has made since the last report. You will also be invited to an annual parents evening to discuss their progress.
UNDERSTANDING PROGRESS IN KS4