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LJMU ITT Grade Descriptors

Guidance Notes: Reaching a Judgement about a Trainee’s Attainment

  • The descriptors provide a benchmark Requires improvement (3) of the minimum requirements for recommendation for QTS. It is desirable however that all trainees meet the Standards at a Good (2) level or Outstanding (1) level by the end of their training.
  • The Standard descriptors should be used formatively by those assessing trainees to help track progress against the Standard, to determine areas where additional development might need to be observed, or to identify areas where a trainee is already meeting the Standard requirements at a ‘high level for QTS’. The Standard descriptors describe the standard that can reasonably be expected of the trainee teacher at the point of recommendation for the award of QTS.
  • The Standard descriptors are used summatively to assess the outcome grade for the trainee using a ‘best fit’ approach at each Phase review point. All descriptors must be graded 3 (meeting the Standards at a minimum level but requiring improvement) or higher by the conclusion of the training programme for the recommendation of the award of QTS .Evidence against the descriptors must be listed by the trainee at each Phase review point and sampled at each assessed stage in order to arrive at a judgement.
  • Trainees who Require Improvement (3) meet the minimum level of practice expected of teachers as defined in the Teachers’ Standards by the end of their training, but their teaching over time is not yet good.
  • Trainees who meet the Standards at a Good (2) level demonstrate excellent practice in some of the standards for teaching and all related to their personal and professional conduct. Much of their teaching over time is good; some is outstanding.
  • Trainees who meet the Standards at an Outstanding (1) level demonstrate excellent practice in the majority of the standards and all related to their personal and professional conduct. Much of their teaching over time is outstanding and never less than consistently good.
  • Using the descriptors throughout the programme inevitably means that some trainees are likely to attain lower grades in the early stages. • The ‘how well does the trainee’ questions at the end of the document should be used formatively as the basis of discussions related to trainee progress. The examples of evidence section will support both trainees and mentors in identifying where additional evidence may be required in order to enhance their current progress.. However, this approach does provide an opportunity to map the trainee’s progress, highlight priorities for professional development, support target setting and offer the trainee a clear opportunity to reach their potential.
  • In discussion with the trainee, the mentor should highlight or circle each Standard descriptor to determine if a Standard has been met and to arrive at a grade for the Standard. The trainee does not have to meet each Standard descriptor on an individual placement but should have sufficient coverage to justify meeting the Standard by the end of their training. A trainee has to meet each Standard descriptor (at a minimum level or above) by the end of the course through evidence provided from across all school experiences, assignments, enhancement experiences, etc.

Guidance for Part Two: Personal and Professional Conduct

  • A teacher is expected to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct. The statements in part two of the Standards define the behaviour and attitudes that set the required standard for conduct throughout a teacher’s career.
  • Much of the evidence for this section will be found in other Standards and evidence specific to this section will be exemplified on a day to day basis. Please note that additional evidence does not need to be collated for this standard.

How can schools, other educational establishments and university tutors use the LJMU ITT Grade Descriptors?

The LJMU ITT Grade descriptors can be used formatively during placements to monitor progress forming a basis for discussions during the weekly meetings and at the interim review to set targets and summatively at the final review meeting to enable discussion to focus around draft entries for confirmation of QTS (CEDP).

Download the Grade Descriptors

You can download a copy of these Guidance Notes and the LJMU ITT Grade Descriptors:

Placement Review Forms