The information below is correct as of 20th April.
Thank you for your continued efforts in supporting learning. The engagement of Year 11 students continues to be overwhelmingly positive. This is in no small part to the role played by parents and carers in setting up a suitable working environment at home and encouraging good learning habits. We find ourselves in an ever-changing situation in regards to Covid-19 and there are many uncertainties surrounding Year 11 and GCSE exams but we will set out to answer any key questions you have and reassure you during this difficult time. This page will be continually updated as soon as new information is available and Year 11 parents and students will be alerted when there is an update.
The latest information from JCQ which officially represents the exams is available here
Mr Cubbon wrote to all Y11 parents on Thursday 15th April to ask parents to complete a questionnaire. This is so that any families who believe their child has had particular issues or barriers, beyond those of the remaining LSA Year 11 cohort to declare any reasons why they feel their child has been impacted by Covid19 or other factors which have specifically disadvantaged them. The deadline for completing the information is Wednesday 21st April at 9am.
The full letter is also available here.
The link to the questionnaire is here
The FAQ below should help answer your questions but if there's anything else, please contact us.
- ‘The standard at which their student is performing’ based upon ‘students demonstrated knowledge, understanding and skills’ and ‘only on the areas of content they have taught’.
- ‘Teachers’ judgements should be based on a range of evidence relating to the subject content that your teachers have delivered, either in the classroom or via remote learning’.
- ‘Teachers will be able to use evidence about your performance gathered throughout your course to inform their judgement. This might include work that you have already completed, mock exam results, homework or in-class tests. Your teachers may also use questions from exam boards, largely based on past papers….’
None Exam Assessment (coursework) will be completed as far as possible and will contribute to the final grade.
GCSE Art will be graded by portfolio only.
Separate judgements are made for the speaking elements of French, German and English Language.
- Please just focus on the work being delivered and set by your teachers.
- Act upon the advice given by the teachers on the consultation on 4th and 5th March.
- Do your best to ‘not overthink’ the bigger picture of learning until you find out more.
- Ask for help as necessary just as you would do normally.
- Contact school for any wider support that you need, we are here to help.
We will tell you when you have to prepare for an assessment that will ‘count’, but please remember any assessments will help provide teachers with more evidence to confirm your grade and should be seen as an opportunity to show what you can do rather than a threat to your previous grades.
A list of assessments are available above.
- Teachers consider evidence from previous assessments and post-lockdown assessments. The setting and marking of these assessments is standardised and moderated so it is fair for all students. The post lockdown assessments (described in Question 2) add to the existing range of earlier evidence. Teachers enter the grades according to ‘the standard at which their student is performing’ based upon ‘student demonstrated knowledge, understanding and skills’ and ‘only on the areas of content they have taught’.
- Teams of teachers for each subject will then work together to review the teacher grade Every grade will be reviewed by at least one other subject teacher and/or the subject leader. Further ‘moderation’ and reviews of evidence will check that students in all classes are treated fairly. Subject leaders check LSA judgement are in line with national exam board guidance, e.g. ‘A grade 5 candidate should be able to ….’
- Senior teachers will then work with the subject leaders to make a final check before the grades are sent to the exam boards Processes carried out by teachers and subject leaders above will be checked including: Consistency across different classes and for different groups of students. Exam board guidance and processes have been followed correctly. Specific checks on students in unique circumstances. Checking the overall spread of grades is similar to previous cohorts of students who sat exams at LSA. This is something the exam board will check before confirming LSA’s grades. This will help our current students due to the strong performance of previous year cohorts.
- There is an appeals process and an opportunity to re-sit the exams When the grades are released to students on results day, planned for the 12th August, there is an appeals process in which the student can appeal to their school. The school can address and correct administrative errors. Other issues will involve the exam board checking the evidence the school has used. If the correct processes have not been followed by the school, then the grade will be changed either up or down by the exam board. The grade will not be changed ‘as a result of marginal difference of opinion’. There is an ‘autumn series’ of exams so that students can ‘re-take’ subjects if they want to improve their grade.