At KES we use Flightpaths to show how well students are you’re progressing throughout the year against their Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs). Flightpaths are a way of gauging student progress from the start to the end of the academic year, so that all students, parents and teachers are aware of the standards they need to achieve in order to make expected progress (or better still, more than expected progress).
There is a dedicated section in the student handbook for plotting Flightpaths for each subject. The Flightpath is shown by drawing a straight line across the page at the correct number grade position MEG (1-8). Students then plot the grade they receive for each of their progress reports in the correct position. By drawing the MEG flightpath and then plotting the report grades during each term students can clearly see how well they are progressing. Plotted grades should be either on the Flightpath (on target) or above (above target). If a student is below their Flightpath teachers will support and advise them on how to improve their progress and get back on track.
An example Flightpath is shown below where a student has a MEG Flightpath of grade 4. For this student to stay on their ‘expected’ Flightpath they would follow the green arrow and achieve grade 4’s throughout the year. If this student makes ‘more than expected’ progress they could follow the yellow arrow and achieve a grade 5, which they should aspire to achieve. Students will usually see some variation of your grades during the year and the arrow will not necessarily be a straight line, however by perseverance and a positive attitude we expect all of our students to achieve their MEG by the final report in the summer term.
At set points during the year students use Flightpaths as a tool to review their progress in each subject area and strive to achieve their full potential. Teachers, Heads of Subject, Heads of Year and Heads of Faculty regularly track and review the progress of all students and, if necessary, provide appropriate support for those who are not making the expected level of progress.