You can read a summary of the Thursday 25th February Ofqual announcement here -  https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021

Please note the information below is yet to be updated following the Thursday 25th February announcement but will be updated before Thursday 4th March.

The information below is correct as of 10th February.

Thank you for your continued efforts in supporting learning. The engagement of Year 11 students in our online learning 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 answers 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 FAQ below should help answer your questions but if there's anything else, please contact us.

 

Published - 19th January 2021

Last updated - 1st February 2021

The main GCSE summer exams have been cancelled. Schools will be expected to provide the grade at which the student is performing.

The DfE and Ofqual have conducted a consultation on how this judgement should be reached. The consultation closed on 29th January.

There has yet to be a firm date on when the outcomes will be published however the head of Ofqual has written to explain that any final assessments are not ‘mini exams’ and they would provide additional evidence to ‘support the teacher to determine the grade their students should receive’.

https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2021/01/29/consultation-update-and-a-proposal-for-externally-set-papers/

The staff at LSA are working hard to be ready to follow whatever guidance is directed so that students at LSA will be well prepared and well supported.

 

Published - 22nd January 2021

Last updated - 22nd January 2021

At the time of writing there are still many uncertainties regarding the next steps for Year 11 exam grades and this in turns makes it difficult to provide clarity regarding LSA assessments in school. It is certain that our mock exams (planned for 22nd February) will not take place at this time. It is highly likely that some sort of LSA formal assessments in the Hall / Drama Theatre will take place starting around May. There should be other shorter assessments prior to this that will allow students to demonstrate what they can do. Students should try not to worry about these assessments yet. More information will be provided once the consultation results are released.

It is likely that result the final results awarded will be based upon:

  • Year 11 assessments still to be taken – secure assessments and other allowed evidence
  • Previous assessment results from Year 10 and Year 11.
  • Other evidence which can be attributed to the work of that student

We expect that more recent evidence will have a greater influence on the final result awarded We hope that the above assurances mean that students should not worry that a single future school assessment could completely ruin their good performances to date. Equally, students should feel they will have opportunities to show what they can do before a final judgement is made. For the 2020 GCSE ‘centre assessed grades process, LSA implemented a detailed, thorough and fair evidence based system to send a final grade to the exam boards. This system proved reliable when subjected to a wide range of checks and measures. We are sure that whatever parameters are set this year, a similarly reliable system can be implemented for the 2021 GCSEs.

Published - 22nd January 2021

Last updated - 22nd January 2021

Our main messages to Year 11 students remain the same:

  • Please just focus on the work being delivered and set by your teachers
  • Do your best to ‘not overthink’ the bigger picture of learning that might or might not be required, e.g. avoid worrying about topics still to be cover as they may not be needed
  • Follow any improvement advice given individually or to the class
  • Please ask for help as necessary just as you would do in ‘normal’ lesson from your teacher
  • Contact school for any wider support that you need, we are here to help.

Published - 22nd January 2021

Last updated - 22nd January 2021

Prior to the announcement of exam cancellation, we had planned to offer a virtual subject consultation ‘evening’ in late January. Exam uncertainty now means it is wiser to wait before we give Year 11 students advice on their next steps, although feedback during online lessons will be ongoing. Once the outcome of the consultation is clear, we will hold a consultation event to provide an opportunity to speak to subject teachers by telephone. We would plan to provide the feedback that would normally be provided in a ‘face to face’ consultation evening, i.e. the main focus for improving GCSE grades. If you have specific worries that you would like help with, be it about a particular subject or a more general concern please contact school so we can support.

Published - 22nd January 2021

Last updated - 22nd January 2021

Year 11 students received their assessment 1 report just prior to the Christmas break. Lockdown makes it difficult to say when teachers will next have sufficient new evidence. Exam process uncertainty means judgements can not be made in context of the process that will be used. If the mock exams had taken place as planned, a report based on the mocks would have been issued before Easter. We will not be able to provide anything so accurate to this schedule, but we will strive to provide some indication of latest performance at Easter or soon after Easter. We will make sure that when parents receive this report there is still a good amount of time to address the issues raised and make improvements prior to a final judgement or assessment.

 

Published - 22nd January 2021

Last updated - 22nd January 2021

This will depend on the local and national situation and the associated restrictions. We expect it to be similar to last year in that very sadly we won’t be able to have a prom, but that we will produce a yearbook and also sell leavers’ hoodies. There will be more information to follow on this once we know what will be possible

Loom Video Update on Exams

Published 12/1/21