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Year 11 Parent Information Letter: 14.05.2021

Today in year 11 Aspiring Futures lessons students have been given a copy of their new Working At Grades that now include the evidence from assessments taken recently. These are not the final grades and we have been clear with students that all of the evidence needs to be moderated both within the school by subject teams and then exam boards will be asking to sample the evidence to quality assure it. There is also a copy of your child’s Working At Grades being posted to you today.

Assessments
We have stressed with students the importance of their attendance at all assessments so that they do not have gaps in their evidence which could adversely affect their grades. We have made sure that students clearly understand what malpractice means in terms of assessments and making sure that the evidence is solely their own work. In each subject students have an evidence form showing which evidence counts towards their grades and students will need to sign this to confirm that this is their own work. The assembly we used with students today is here if you would like to see the information they have received. https/youtu.be/CSE5AOhat4c

Additionally, Ofqual have produced the following guidance for students which may be of use and can be found here.
https://alns.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Student_guide_to_awarding_in_summer_2021_pdf-a-1.pdf

When do lessons finish?
Students have also been informed that timetabled lessons finish on Friday 28th May which is the last day of this half term. In the week after half term students will only need to come into school for the following reasons:

  1. If a student has missed an assessment and this still needs to be completed they will need to come in and do the assessment.
  2. If for any reason students need to do additional assessments to provide evidence of the grade that they are capable of achieving, then they will need to come in for this.
  3. If a student needs to finish off any NEA (coursework) they will need to complete this in school after half term.
  4. Students may need to come in to sign any evidence forms that have yet to be signed.
    At any time when students are coming into school they need to be in full school uniform and they will need to come in at the time they have been requested to do so by their teacher, because for staff and students in other year groups the school will be continuing as normal.

At any time when students are coming into school they need to be in full school uniform and they will need to come in at the time they have been requested to do so by their teacher, because for staff and students in other year groups the school will be continuing as normal.

Next Half Term
Because of the disruption that students have had to their education during Year 10 and Year 11 it is really important that they use their time next half term in preparing to successfully move onto college, work or an apprenticeship. With this in mind there are three avenues of support to help them successfully transition to the next stage in their education or employment.

education or employment.

  1. The local colleges have a wealth of resources to support students in transitioning and they will be launching their Flying Start programme after half term for students to access resources and activities to help them
    prepare for the courses that they will be taking at college or in their apprenticeships. We will be sending you more details on this closer to the time.
  2. For some subjects not all of the GCSE content was finished in enough detail to prepare students fully for A levels and therefore some subjects will be providing remote lessons including live lessons to help students prefer for their further studies. For example, some units of Physics were not covered in Science and so there will be lessons available covering these units for any students who are moving on to do engineering or Physics at A level.
  3. Support is available from the school for any students who need help in securing their college placement, applying for apprenticeships or who just need any general careers advice. This can be accessed by emailing Mrs Etherington at [email protected].

Finally, can I just say how impressed we have all been with how well students have managed this really difficult time in their education and thank you for all the support you have given to your child during this challenging time.

Your Sincerely
Nys Hardingham
Executive Headteacher

Chris Doherty
Senior Headteacher