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North Herts
Education Support Centre


Definition and Scope of Progress

At NHESC we recognise that the young people who attend our programmes are not only struggling academically, but have a variety of SEMH concerns that we need to address. Therefore we adopt a twin-track system which focuses on developing the young people socially and emotionally as well as academically.

On admission to NHESC the following is taken into consideration in order to assess each student’s starting point/ their Working At Grade on entry for every subject;

  • Working At Grades from the mainstream school
  • KS2 assessment scores
  • Social emotional mental health needs
  • Attendance figures
  • NHESC base line assesses in literacy and numeracy using nationally recognised base line assessments.

A Working At Grade on entry is established.

From this WAG on entry each subject then decides on target grade, on how much progress the individual student is capable of making by the time of the exams in summer of Year 11. The data that informs this comes from Doddle where every step of a student’s academic progress in every subject is tracked.

Each term the progress made from the student’s starting point is reported on to both parents/carers and the mainstream school/outside agency. Students who achieve the Target Grade they have been set are deemed to be OT (On Target) students achieving higher that the Target Grade are AT (Above Target) and students who do not reach the Target Grade are considered to be BT (Below Target).

BT – Has not made expected progress.

OT – Has made expected progress.

AT – Has made more than expected progress.


Qualifications at the NHESC

Students at NHESC are offered the opportunity to gain the following qualifications, depending on programme, options and ability:

  • English: GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills
  • Maths: GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills
  • Science: Biology GCSE,
  • ICT: Functional Skills
  • Enterprise: Prince's Trust Award
  • Sport: Edexcel BTEC Level 1 Award/ Certificate in Sport
  • Art: GSCE, Arts Council Arts Award
  • Catering: BTEC Level 1 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, CIEH Level 2 Certificate in Food Safety
  • Mechanics: ABC Awards Entry Level 3/Level 1 Award/Certificate in Motor Vehicle Studies, City & Guilds Entry Level 3 or Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics,
  • Hair and Beauty: City & Guilds Level 1 Award/Certificate/Diploma in ‘An Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector’
  • Saddle Up: AQA Awards in Basic Horse Riding Skills
  • Right Trax: NOCN Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Developmen