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Summer 2021 Exams Update 

May 2021: Ofqual have announced the process for how GCSE grades will be awarded this summer: Decisions on how GCSE, AS and A level grades will be determined in summer 2021 (publishing.service.gov.uk) All schools have been asked to create their own Centre Policy to reflect this guidance and ours can be found here.  The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have also issued guidance for students and parents, which can be found here.

The documents explain in more detail these four points:

  1. Students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers, with students only assessed on what they have been taught.
  2. Teachers will be able to draw on a range of evidence when determining grades, no single test or assessment will determine the final grade.
  3. Grades will be submitted to exam boards by 18th June, allowing as much teaching time as possible before teachers make their assessments. 
  4. GCSE Results Day is scheduled for Thursday 12th August.

With regards to point 2 above, the evidence base can include the optional use of questions provided by exam boards, as well as mock exams, coursework, or other work completed as part of the course, e.g. essays or in-class assessments. There will be the chance for schools to set future assessments to help in this process, but there is no national approach to this and so every school will take a different view on how best to do it. Primarily, we want to ensure that our Year 11 students are in the very best possible position to move onto the next chapter in their education, so the next few months will involve students continuing with their courses, building their knowledge and skills even further, consolidating learning and understanding, and seeking support from their teachers in the usual way. Details of subject specific approaches to awarding grades can be found below under the Teacher Assessment Guidance (TAG) heading.

Reasonable adjustments, access arrangements and mitigating circumstances

If a student has special educational needs and requires reasonable adjustments for assessments, the school will ensure that these are in place when further evidence is gathered this term. For some evidence collected in the past, these reasonable adjustments were also in place. If they were not, the school will take this into account when determining student grades. We would also consider whether other evidence could be used instead.

When students take public exams, special consideration requests can be made for students, if it is considered that their exam performance has been affected by illness or personal circumstances. Special consideration requests will not apply in the usual way this summer because students will not be taking exams. As some of the assessments we will be using in the evidence base have been completed before January 2021 and before we knew exams would be cancelled, you are able to inform us of any mitigating circumstances which occurred at any point during Year 10 or Year 11. If you or your child thinks that that their performance in an assessment has been affected by illness or personal circumstances you should firstly read the Guide to the Special Consideration Process by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) . If, after reading the JCQ guide, you or your child want to notify us of any mitigating circumstances, please contact us via exams@stannesrcvoluntaryacademy.com by 10th May 2021. 

If an illness, injury or any other personal circumstance occurs after 10th May 2021 and impacts on your child’s performance on an assessment in school, please email us directly via exams@stannesrcvoluntaryacademy.com  with as much information as possible. 

It is important that any such instances are raised with the school through the above channels before we submit the grades to the exam boards. 

Please direct all questions, comments or enquiries regarding GCSE results to exams@stannesrcvoluntaryacademy.com 

Key dates:

From May to June – students will continue to be taught and to complete subject assessments that will contribute to the final Teacher Assessed Grades. 

7 June – attendance at school is no longer required, although students must be available up until 18th June in case further evidence is required.

7 June – 18 June – internal moderation, quality assurance and submission of Teacher Assessed Grades to the exam boards.

18 June –  deadline for submitting Teacher Assessed Grades to the exam boards.

June and July – Exam boards will conduct external quality assurance by checking evidence for a sample of schools and subjects and follow up on any concerns.

12 August – GCSE results day.

After the results are released, there is an appeals opportunity for students if they believe their grade is wrong and can evidence appropriately (the government has not yet confirmed dates or a process for this).

Meanwhile, we ask that our Year 11 students work hard, remain focused and trust that we will make every endeavour to do our very best for every one of them in these unusual circumstances.

Meanwhile, we ask that our Year 11 students work hard, remain focused and trust that we will make every endeavour to do our very best for every one of them in these unusual circumstances.

 

Exams Policy and Statutory Guidance

Student/Parent/Carer Exam Policy 2019-2020

Information for candidates - onscreen tests
Information for candidates - Privacy Notice
JCQ Social Media
Information for candidates - written exams
Information for candidates NEA 19 -20 Non Examination Assessment
Information for candidates coursework 19-20
Notice to centres - malpractice

Advice for parents

The secret to doing well in exams lies in planning. You can help your child to create a clear revision plan and method of studying that will make them feel in control of their work.

Tips for revision planning:

  • Work out a revision timetable for each subject
  • Break revision time into small chunks - hour-long sessions with short breaks at the end of each session often work well
  • Make sure your child has all the essential books and materials
  • Condense notes onto postcards to act as revision prompts
  • Buy new stationery, highlighters and pens to make revision more interesting
  • Go through school notes with your child or listen while they revise a topic
  • Time your child’s attempts at practice papers

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/helping_with_exams/

Revision advice from MADE training

Key to Success Event for Year 11 Parent/Carers

Under current circumstances, the usual evening format in school for our annual Key to Success evenings has had to be reviewed. Usually the evening consists of presentations around how to support your child at home in the lead up to exams, as well as subject specific advice from core subjects. This year we are pleased to provide a recording of general information and study skills from Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Watts and a presentation from virtually all our subject leads explaining how each 2021 Qualification has or has not been changed this year as a result of Covid-19. Each also includes useful hints and tips about how to support your child in each subject. Please pick and choose the relevant ones for your child. 

 

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