The staff at my school are all required to produce a report 6 times a year! That's six times; each report requiring codes for Class Effort, Homework Effort, and NC Level, with 3 times of the six needing additional comments in addition to the codes. All six times a National Curriculum level is required. Now, those of us who have been teaching for a while will know that the National Curriculum Levels were originally only required to be used at the end of the Key Stage and that sub-levels don't officially exist. But we report 18 times across key stage 3. With the average progression for the average student being 2 levels even using sub-levels there are not enough of them to show any progression with every report. I would love to see some official government documentation stating clearly what Performing, Composing and Listening/Appraising skills students should be able to show at each of the sub-levels in each of these categories but the fact is that there isn't such documentation. The documentation is vague when it comes to sub-level specifics. Also, middle-managers at the school are trying to install good teaching practice by asking staff to clearly inform students via 'targets' what they need to do to 'progress to the next level'. Individuals, some on this very sight, have made brave and valiant attempts to describe progression through the sub-levels in these areas but there is no commonly agreed statement of what I student should be able to do at each sub-level. When questioned, my middle-managers hmm and haw and fudge. The other piece of nonsense I have to contend with is the fact that, as Music is typically only taught once a week, these reports have to be written every 7 weeks or so, usually after 5 weeks of a half term, so the tutors have time to check them and write comments, Therefore, I have to assess the students in all 3 areas of the Music curriculum in the first 5 weeks. My lessons have become a merry-go-round of assessments mixed with new subject content. So, is there anyone out there, who has; a) Had the patience to read this post and; b) Has a similar situation, c) Thinks it's nonsense also, and, d) has the solution Any thoughts on my dilemma would be very welcome.