A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Targets

In response to requests from parents, please find below an explanation of how student target levels and grades are generated:

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Target levels at KS3

What is a Target Level?

For each subject your son/daughter takes they will receive a predictor produced by Fischer Family Trust (FFT).  FFT processes the National Pupil Database for the DfE and provides data and analyses to all schools and LAs in England and Wales.  The predictors are used to inform the setting of ambitious and aspirational targets for students.

The FFT database predicts the end of KS3 levels that students with the same levels at KS2 are most likely to achieve; we use this as the Minimum Target Level (MTL).  However, pupils at Helsby make better progress than the national average and we therefore, expect teachers to discuss with your son/daughter a Student Agreed Target (STL).  The Student Agreed Target will ensure they are challenged to realise their full potential.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Target Grades at GCSE

What is a Target Grade?

For each subject your son/daughter takes they will receive a predictor produced by Fischer Family Trust (FFT).  FFT processes the National Pupil Database for the DfE and provides data and analyses to all schools and LAs in England and Wales.  The predictors are used to inform the setting of ambitious and aspirational targets for students.

The FFT database predicts the GCSE grades that students with the same levels at KS2 are most likely to achieve; we use this as the Minimum Target Grade (MTG).  However, pupils at Helsby make better progress than the national average and we therefore, expect teachers to discuss with your son/daughter a Student Agreed Target (STG).  The Student Agreed Target will ensure they are challenged to realise their full potential.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Targets at A level

What is a Target Grade?

For each subject your son/daughter takes they will receive a predictor produced by the       A-Level Information System (ALIS). ALIS is a target setting system that calculates subject specific predictors for A level subjects based on a student’s GCSE average point score.  The predictors are used to inform the setting of ambitious and aspirational targets for students.

The ALIS system produces information on the percentage chance of attaining the grade compared to other students of similar ability in the national data base – the grade with the highest percentage chance, is the Minimum Target Grade (MTG).  However, students at Helsby make better progress than the national average and we therefore, expect teachers to discuss with your son/daughter a Student Agreed Target (STG).  The Student Agreed Target will ensure they are challenged to realise their full potential.

How are the Targets Used?

The target grades are used to help discuss student progress with: students; form tutors; teachers and parents.

This will help you to know how well your son/daughter is doing and what they need to do to reach their targets.

All student agreed targets (STG) are reviewed regularly during the year; students are encouraged to be aspirational and the student agreed target may be changed to provide a further challenge if appropriate.  

If you would like further information or wish to discuss your child’s targets please contact a Year Leader using one of the email addresses below: