Competencies are the way we assess students in Literacy for Life.
We believe that for students to develop they need a holistic approach to their education. They should be ambitious, happy and able to achieve well beyond their potential. The competency framework enables students to be self-critical, allowing them to believe they can improve skills, knowledge and abilities through practice and hard work.
There are ten areas of student development in the competency framework: seven relating to academic development and three relating to how students are growing as people.
Competencies range from Entry Stage to Stage 3, which become more challenging as students progress through the year groups and their learning. Each lesson has at least one competency as part of it and students work to move themselves from Emerging to Advanced across differing stages whilst engaging with content. Student progress towards competencies is rigorously assessed by teachers. This assessment is complemented by regular peer and self-assessment by students. Teachers and students use the competencies to identify strengths and areas of development, refine work and set targets with confidence and accuracy.