The following information should be provided annually to the parents of each pupil in Key Stage 4.
1. a. Annual assessment results in relation to Communication (taking account of the pupil’s achievement in the Language and Literacy Area of Learning).
For most pupils, evidence for this will come from English, (and/or Irish in Irish-medium schools and units) at the level of the qualification relevant to the pupil (i.e. entry level, GCSE and so on). The Levels of Progression framework for Communication should not be used for making judgements at Key Stage 4.
1. b. Annual assessment results in relation to Using Mathematics (taking account of the pupil’s achievement in the Mathematics and Numeracy Area of Learning).
As with Communication, evidence for this is will come from Maths at the level of the qualification relevant to the pupil (i.e. Entry level, GCSE and so on). The Levels of Progression framework for Using Mathematics should not be used for making judgements at Key Stage 4.
2. Brief particulars of the pupil’s achievement in any other area of learning or activity which forms part of his/her curriculum including:
a. Using ICT;
If pupils are completing a formal qualification for ICT, evidence should come from the work completed for this. Otherwise, the evidence should come from the designated subject(s)/option block taking responsibility for ICT within Key Stage 4.
b. Other Skills: Problem Solving; Self-Management; Working with Others;
As with Using ICT, evidence for the Other Skills should come from either work completed as part of a skills qualification or from subjects/option block for taking responsibility for Problem Solving, Self-Management and Working with Others within Key Stage 4.
Schools should also bear in mind the wording of the DE Circular 2009/15 (11 November 2009) which stipulates that 'if a school wishes to incorporate the 'Other Skills' into its reporting of the Areas of Learning, it may do so provided that they are specifically covered and that it is clear to parents which part of the teacher comments relate to thinking skills and personal capabilities (para. 8).
c. Learning for Life and Work
d. Physical Education
e. Religious Education (optional)
If pupils are completing a formal qualification for Learning for Life and Work, Physical Education or Religious Education, evidence should come from the work completed as part of this qualification. Otherwise, evidence should come from Learning for Life and Work, Physical Education or Religious Education as delivered as part of the statutory curriculum for Key Stage 4.
While reporting on Religious Education is included in the Regulations as ‘optional’, if it forms part of the pupil’s curriculum, then the school is encouraged to report on it.
f. Interests and Strengths
g. Focus for Development
Schools have the flexibility to decide on how and where comments on the pupil’s Interests and Strengths and his/her Focus for Development are to be reported. Comments might be completed by the form tutor or could appear in subject comments as appropriate.
There are also opportunities for the pupil to be involved in the writing of the Interests and Strengths comment as part of his/her Personal Statement developed through the Progress File.
h. Any further Optional Content
Schools should also include 'brief particulars of the pupil’s achievement in any other area of learning which forms part of his curriculum' (Schedule 1, Part 4 of the Reporting Regulations) and information on qualifications, awards or certificates gained by a pupil, or credits towards a qualification (regulation 6(4)). This might include, for example, other subjects studied, grades/marks attained or qualifications obtained. For pupils in Year 11, this might also include the outcomes of modules completed as part of a final qualification.
While there is a requirement in order to keep the reporting process manageable, it is advised that Optional Content relates to curricular activities only, which is the requirement of the Reporting Regulations 2009. Achievements outside of school can be included in the Interests and Strengths section of the report.
3. Pupils in the Final Year of Key Stage 4
In addition to the information above, schools should provide to parents of pupils in the final year of Key Stage 4 a summative record of a pupil’s achievement, on the basis set out in regulation 9 of the Reporting Regulations 2009.
4. Presentation of Information
For all of the content given above, the way in which the information is presented will be at the discretion of the individual school. The content is statutory but there is flexibility in how it appears in the report.