In Year 6, most subjects are taught within tutor groups. Only Arabic, Islamic Studies, French and Physical Education are taught within sets. To assist with Primary-Secondary transition, Year 6 English, Mathematics, Science, Geography and History are always taught in tutor groups.
From Year 7 onwards, strict setting of students is used whenever it is permitted by the timetable structure. This narrowing of the prior attainment range within teaching groups enables better matching of curriculum delivery to students’ starting points, and thereby a higher rate of progress. An exception is that Year 7 English may be taught in either tutor groups or sets.
The nomenclature Set 1, Set 2, … is used, in descending order of prior attainment. It is incorrect to speak of ability sets. The basis for setting is prior attainment, not ability.
At the beginning of the academic year, each Subject Coordinator obtains all relevant data for new entrants to BSK from the Department Coordinator. These data may include entrance test results, qualitative information, pertinent information from previous school reports and in the case of new entrants to Years 12 or 13, previous I/GCSE, AS Level or other external examination results.
Students who are new to BSK are often allocated initially to Set 2, in the absence of any strong evidence that a higher or lower starting set would be more suitable. Such evidence may include a particularly high or low CAT entrance test result and would certainly include National Curriculum level information from a reliable source.
Initial ranking and setting of students who were at BSK the previous academic year is done on the basis of a mechanical ranking process in Excel or SIMS.
For National Curriculum subjects, setting for each new academic year is based firstly on the reported summative sublevel at the end of previous academic year. Within National Curriculum sublevel bands, a suitably objective ranking mechanism is then used.
Setting within non-National Curriculum subjects is based firstly on the previous reported summative end-of-year grade, and then within each grade band using a suitably objective ranking mechanism.
The ranking mechanism within each sublevel or grade band uses some combination of the preceding end-of-year examination result and some or all of the preceding academic year’s formal assessment results. Each subject team may decide how to weight these elements for each year group. Zero weighting of some elements may be used.
Changes between sets may only occur under three circumstances.
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