A05: STUDENT PASS/FAIL POLICY
“We achieve nothing without effort”
Edison International Academy has all children’s best interest at heart. Every child learns at a different pace and it is therefore important to take this into account throughout and especially towards the end of each academic year.
Should a student not meet the required level expectations as laid out in the curriculum document, Edison International Academy reserves the right to hold the student back from moving on to the next year group and/or next curriculum level, resulting in the student repeating their present year group and/or curriculum content level.
2. Applicable to:
- All students from Year 1 to Year 9 who do not meet the expected grade (50%). This pass grade must be achieved in all academic subjects that the student is enrolled in (for example: English, Mathematics, Science, Social/Humanities, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Qatar History, French, ICT). The 50% grade is taken from the average mark taken for each subject over Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 assessments.
- At the end of the academic year, a cumulative report is issued, alongside the Term 3 report, stating if the student has passed or not passed the academic year overall.
- Students are not passing:
a. In Term 1, parents are informed that the student is in danger of not passing the year via a letter, and an intervention programme is put in place. Parents are to sign that this information has been received.
b. In Term 2, a formal parent meeting is held to inform the parent that the child is to be re-assessed. The parent is required to sign a letter to confirm this meeting.
c. In Term 3, students who have not met the pass mark of 50% in the cumulative end of year report are re-tested, with parents being notified in writing about the date, time and subject of the re-test. Should the student still not meet the required pass mark (50%) after the re-test, the student is retained at the current year level. The re-test in any subject includes some topics from Term 1 and 2, as well as Term 3.
4. All students who have the attendance of less than 80% throughout an academic year.
Note: Absences that are authorised (doctor’s note, leave request form) will be taken into account.
3. Parental involvement: All teaching staff at Edison International Academy are committed to updating all parents on a regular basis on their child’s academic progress, with at least one school report every term. Parents of children who are in danger of failing their year group in an academic year are called to discuss their children’s progress well in advance, but latest towards the end of the second term. They are informed in writing and such a letter is handed over at the aforementioned meeting. If the parents fail to attend the meeting, the letter is accountable as delivered using the electronic means of communication, (eg Mograsys, Dojo or Whatsapp). This is to ensure that the necessary support can be given and children are given the opportunity to improve in the areas addressed to meet the required expectations for the year group.
4. Regulations for students from Year 10 upwards:
As the school cannot hold back students from registering for IGCSE examinations, nor AS Level and A Level examination, irrelevant of their academic ability, students from Year 10 upwards will not be failed by the school.
The school follows the same regulations regarding attendance (80%) in the Keystage 4 and Keystage 5.
Students are assessed at the beginning of the year, whereby the current level based on the external examination boards’ (Cambridge or Edexcel depending on subject) grading scale and assigned a target grade that indicates the necessary progress students are required to achieve over the term/year. Progress is determined via a mock examination towards the end of each term. Should a student be found not to be working towards or at the required target grade, the school will arrange a formal meeting with parents to inform them that the respective student may not achieve the needed result in examinations which is needed to enter college/university. These meetings with parents of students working below target are called after every mock examination, and are minutes and signed by all parties present.
For Year 10 students working below target level throughout the academic year, the school reserves the right to discuss alternative ways of education for the student with the parents.
Students not meeting the required target grade of 5 in at least 5 IGCSE examinations in Year 11, will not be put forward to Year 12, and will have to repeat Year 11 in order to complete the necessary minimum of 5 IGCSE examinations with a pass grade of at least 5.
Formal school reports are issued in all three terms of the academic year. Reports for students of Year 10 show an end of year target which should be achieved by the student by the end of the year as well as the level achieved for the respective term, along with a predicted grade which the student is expected to achieve in the external examination (IGCSE, AS, AL).
The same report card is issued for students from Year 11 upwards, however only for Terms 1 and 2. For Term 3, the school issues a letter stating that the student has attended and completed the academic year. In addition, students receive the official report from the external examination boards (Cambridge or Edexcel depending on the subject), which any external party (e.g. school, college, university) may refer to in order to determine the student’s suitability for programmes offered.