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Understanding Assessment and Reporting in Key Stage 3 at BIS Hanoi: Part 3

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In the final article of his 3- part series on assessment and reporting at BIS Hanoi, Mr. Webb, Head of Secondary, explains how feedback is reported to parents.

Reporting to Parents at BIS Hanoi

Parents want to be involved in their child’s education. BIS Hanoi has a responsibility to help them be involved. BIS Hanoi issues two kinds of reports to Key Stage 3 parents. The first report describes student understanding (Exceeding, Expected, Developing, Supported). It also comments on effort levels (1-4) in different types of study skill.

The second type of report is a summative grade report. This report only contains current National Curriculum levels for each subject. We publish the grade report separately because, when a grade is present, this tends to become the focus of attention to the detriment of other information in the report.

At BIS Hanoi, we want to provide a better assessment and reporting service. Mrs. Witton, Senior Leader i/c Teaching and Learning, is leading a Working Group, with the remit of improving our current system for August 2019.

Parent Evenings at BIS Hanoi

Teachers report back to parents at parent evenings. BIS Hanoi hosts two parents evenings per year group in Key Stage 3. The parent evening is an opportunity to meet with the subject teachers. We recommend you bring school reports and grades to these meetings. If you have questions, teachers will be happy to answer them.

What do I do if my child’s parents evening is not for a long time?

E-mail your concern to your child’s teacher. They will be happy to offer written advice.

Why can’t I meet with the teachers personally outside of parent evening events?

Annually, some Secondary teachers are involved in 14 parent evenings; primary teachers tend to do 3 or 4. Adding additional parent meetings is logistically impossible. If you are very concerned there are three things you can do:

  • Review your child’s exercise books and school work with them - teacher comments might help you solve the problem
  • Email your child’s teacher and ask for further clarification
  • Contact your child’s Head of Year or a member of the secondary SLT. We can investigate the problem and help you solve it.

Let us hear your feedback

Ultimately, feedback is essential to the learning process. Students, teachers and parents learn from feedback and so do schools. If you have feedback about our school assessment and reporting system, we would love to hear it from you so that we can be the best school for you and your child.

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