Year 11 Support for Module 4

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Introduction

Following the Department for Education (DfE)/Ofqual consultation in relation to year 11 student outcomes for 2020/21, students will now receive Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) for every subject and will not sit end of course examinations. As a result of this announcement, teachers will form a judgement of student performance based on evidence. From Monday 8 March, students need to ensure that all aspects of work that they do is of the highest quality. 

A robust quality assurance process will be in place to ensure students attain the outcomes in line with the evidence. As a result, evidence will include coursework, work in lessons, controlled assessments and internal test outcomes. In order to begin to collate a credible set of evidence, a series of mock exams will take place. Each assessment will focus on content covered by the class teacher.

The DfE have stated that: “Teachers will be able to draw on a range of evidence when determining grades, including the optional use of questions provided by exam boards, as well as mock exams, coursework, or other work completed as part of a pupil’s course, such as essays or in-class tests.  No algorithm will be used.”

Year 11 Mock Examinations – Tuesday 16 March to Friday 26 March 2021

Year 11 students will start a full series of mock GCSE examinations for EBACC subjects (English, Maths, Science, History and Geography) from Tuesday 16 March 2021. The March mock exam outcomes will give teachers essential information on areas of strength, areas to improve and misconceptions at an individual level and will help us to plan the next steps for your child. Mock outcomes will also enable us to compile concrete evidence of the level that your son/daughter is working at in every subject.

The mock exams will be held under exam conditions in your son’s/daughter’s usual teaching room and not in the exam hall.  Students need to address these mocks as evidence trails of progress and must take them seriously, making sure that they have carried out adequate revision.  There are revision materials for every subject via Google Classroom, to which your child has access. Students should be revising ‘little and often’ – we suggest three subjects for 30/40 minutes each per evening (Sunday to Thursday).  Students will also be invited to additional targeted after school revision sessions, so that they are thoroughly prepared for the next day’s mock exam.  I have attached the mock exam schedule, which includes the timetable for revision sessions.

The DfE have stated that: “Teachers will submit grades to exam boards by 18 June, allowing as much teaching time as possible before teachers make their assessments.”

Exam Board Assessment Questions

The Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual have also announced that they will be releasing a set of assessment questions for each subject at the end of March.  After Easter your son/daughter will also sit some of these exam-style assessments, which will form part of the portfolio that teachers will use when evidencing your son’s/daughter’s grade in that subject.

Attendance

Following the lockdown, it is essential that your child has excellent attendance so that they can be thoroughly prepared for their mock exams and exam board assessments in Module 5.  The Government has set a deadline for receiving Teacher Assessed Grades as Friday 18 June 2021 and students must have 100% attendance during this period of evidence gathering.  If your child is unwell, or has to self isolate, please can you telephone the school to report their absence as soon as possible, so that we are able to plan alternative arrangements for them to sit their mock exams/exam board assessments. 

Year 11 Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs)

Staff have been informed not to discuss any predicted grades with parents. The reason for this, is that there needs to be a period of time for teaching staff to go through a moderation, standardisation  and quality assurance process before finalising a grade. We do not want to be in a situation where a student or parent is provided with a grade which does not come to fruition. Raw score outcomes of exams will be provided in order for students and parents to gain a sense of how their son/daughter is achieving.

To ensure students are provided with completely objective feedback, all year 11 staff have been requested to blind mark any mock or exam board assessments. No names will be on the paper, only your child’s candidate number.  Student grades will then go through a rigorous moderation process.

The DfE have stated that: “Schools, colleges and other educational settings will conduct multiple checks – such as checking consistency of judgements across teachers and that the correct processes were followed – to ensure as much fairness as possible.  At the same time, exam boards will conduct their own checks, through a combination of random sampling and more targeted scrutiny where they identify cause for concern.  Every student will have the right to appeal their grade.”

Year 11 Parent Consultation and Further Support

We will be writing to you shortly to discuss the date/s for a bespoke Year 11 consultation evening so you can discuss your child’s progress and we can answer any questions that you may have. The consultation will be a ‘virtual conversation’ facilitated by a programme called ‘Schoolcloud’. The consultation will be after Easter with mock exams as an evidential starting point. 

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support and want to reassure you that the process in place to determine GCSE and BTEC grades for your child is thorough and fair.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Stephanie Goodall

Head of Jupiter College/Year 11 Raising Standards Lead

Year 11 Mock Assessments – Module 4

Tuesday 16.03.21 to Friday 26.03.21

 

Date Period Exam Timings Revision Session
16/03/21

Tuesday (AM)

P1 & 2 English Language Paper 1

(1h 45min)

08:45-10:30 Monday 15/03/21

3.00-4.00pm

16/03/21

Tuesday (PM)

P4 & 5 Geography Paper 2

History Paper 1

13:15-14:45

13:15-14:30

Monday 15/03/21

4.00-5.00pm

17/03/21

Wednesday (AM)

P1 & 2 Combined Science Paper 1 Set 1- Physics

Sets 2 &3- Biology

Triple Science Paper 1* 

Set 1- Physics

Sets 2 & 3- Biology

08:45-09:55

08:45-10:30

Tuesday 16/03/21

3.00-4.00pm

18/03/21

Thursday (AM)

P1 & 2 Maths Paper 1

(Higher or Foundation)

08:45-10:15 Wednesday 17/03/21

3.00-4.00pm

19/03/21

Friday (AM)

P1 & 2 Combined Science Paper 2 (Chemistry)

Triple Science Paper 2* (Chemistry)

08:45-09:55

08:45-10:30

Thursday 18/03/21

3.00-4.00pm

22/03/21

Monday (AM)

P1 & 2 Maths Paper 2

(Higher or Foundation)

08:45-10:15 Friday 19/03/21

3.00-4.00pm

23/03/21

Tuesday (AM)

P1 & 2 English Language Paper 2

(1h 45min)

08:45-10:30 Monday 22/03/21

3.00-4.00pm

24/03/21

Wednesday (AM)

P1 & 2 Geography Paper 1 

History Paper 3

08:45-10:15

08:45-10:15

Tuesday 23/03/21

3.00-4.00pm

25/03/21

Thursday (AM)

P1 & 2 Combined Science Paper 3 

Set 1- Biology

Sets 2 & 3- Physics

Triple Science Paper 3* 

Set 1- Biology

Sets 2 & 3- Physics

08:45-09:55

08:45-10:30

Wednesday 24/03/21

3.00-4.00pm

26/03/21

Friday (AM)

P1 & 2 Maths Paper 3

(Higher or Foundation)

08:45-10:15 Thursday 25/03/21

3.00-4.00pm