We would also like to introduce a revised approach to the assessment of Key Stage 3 students’ homework. Last year much discussion was held within the art department and with the wider community regarding the effect of awarding grades for art homework. We agreed with many parents’ comments that giving students a grade from A* to E drew the focus away from the skills and techniques that had been employed in their work causing some students to feel demotivated by being given anything other than a top grade. Some students, on the other hand, would become fixated on the grade only and overlook the feedback that was given to them. With this in mind we devised a new system for homework assessment, whereby students are given feedback to highlight areas for development, alongside a descriptor indicating whether the work represents a skill that is beginning, developing, expected, or beyond that which is commensurate with their age. It is these 4 key words that will be given to students, instead of grades. We hope that this will reflect a student’s effort more effectively. For significant pieces of work made over time in class and for reports we will still be awarding A* to E grades.