Year 11 Parent Information

Your child is now entering the final part of their journey here at Woolmer Hill, and will soon embark on a new phase of their lives, whether that be further education, an apprenticeship or training.

These last few months have been challenging but Year 11 students must be commended on the maturity and dedication they have shown to engage and continue to progress. The next few months will provide students with the opportunity to sit final examinations in their subjects and gain the qualifications that will enable them to fulfil their ambitions and realise their dreams.

The importance of this part of Year 11 is not to be underestimated and we hope that the information provided will ensure that you and your child can really focus on how to achieve the results that they both require and deserve. Success comes from hard work, perseverance and determination and now is the time for your child to apply these characteristics to their studies to ensure success not only in their GCSEs but for the rest of their adult lives.

Best regards and thank you for your continuing support of Woolmer Hill School.

Mr Clayton

 

GCSE Specification Updates for 2020-2021

On 5th August 2020, the Government released information regarding the changes that are to be made to the exams scheduled for Summer 2021 for GCSE, AS Level and A Level. For your convenience, we have summarised what these changes mean for our students below but to view the full document released by Ofqual please click here.

 

Art & Design

GCSE

100% of the assessment will be submitted by portfolio. Exam boards will also be able to complete their moderation process remotely by photographing work of via a video conference.

Biology

GCSE

Delivery of content on the required apparatus and techniques will be allowed to be delivered using demonstrations or simulations.

Business

NCFE

There is no change in how exams will be conducted.

Chemistry

GCSE

Delivery of content on the required apparatus and techniques will be allowed to be delivered using demonstrations simulations.

Combined Science

GCSE

Delivery of content on the required apparatus and techniques will be allowed to be delivered using demonstrations or simulations.

Design Technology

GCSE

Exam boards will be able to accept mock-ups and information showing the intentions of students' prototypes.

Each exam board will give more guidance on their requirements.

Demonstrations of machinery, processes and tools will be permitted in class.

English Language

GCSE

Teachers will not need to provide exam boards with video recordings of the spoken language assessment.

Spoken language assessments can be completed in front of an audience of only one teacher.

Spoken language assessments can be completed at any time and can be completed virtually.

English Literature

GCSE

Students will be given choices of topics they answer during the exam. This will give schools freedom to decide what they will teach students.

There will be a play by Shakespeare that every student will have to answer questions on in the exam.

Schools will be able to choose from questions covering 2 of 3 categories: poetry; fiction/drama from Britain from 1914; 19th century novels.

Catering

Voc Qual WJEC

Decisions are yet to be made on vocational qualifications.

Digital IT

BTEC

Decisions are yet to be made on vocational qualifications but Pearson have put forward a proposal stating their intention to streamline the assessments by reducing the evidence required to meet the assessment criteria for the two internally assessed components. In some subjects, the assessment evidence will also be adjusted to reflect the impact of social distancing measures and public health guidance.  This is to be confirmed by Ofqual.

Geography

GCSE

Schools will no longer need to provide written statements saying students have completed 2 days of fieldwork.

Students will no longer need to complete exam questions based on their fieldwork.

Exam boards will look into whether their guidance on primary data collection in the non-exam assessment to see if it needs to be adapted.

History

GCSE

Schools will be given more flexibility in the content taught to students.

A choice of topics outside of the scope of the core content can be made so that all students will have to answer questions on that topic in the exam.

Maths

GCSE

There is no change in how exams will be conducted.

MFL – French & Spanish

GCSE

Assessments will no longer use words that are not contained on the vocabulary lists.

Glossing will be permitted as required but the highest grades will require the same level of knowledge and accuracy as in previous years.

The spoken language assessment will be scored as either fail, pass, merit or distinction. Assessment criteria for each descriptor will be provided by the exam board. Teachers will assess spoken language in class.

Exam boards will be able to include extra optional questions in writing exams to allow students to cover fewer themes.

Music

GCSE

Performance assessment:

For solo performances: each student will need to complete at least 1 performance with an overall duration of 90 seconds.

For performances as part of a group: each student will need to complete at least 1 performance with an overall duration of 120 seconds.

Students do not need to perform as part of an ensemble.

Schools will need to submit unedited recordings of live performances and written music for the performances.

Composition assessment:

Each student will need to compose at least 1 piece of music with an overall duration of at least 120 seconds.

Compositions can meet the brief set out by the exam board or can be composed freely.

Each exam board will give more guidance on their requirements when students compose more than 1 piece of music.

Schools will need to submit unedited recordings of the composition produced by the student. Students do not need to perform their own compositions. Recordings can be produced by a computer.

Both NEA components:

Both NEA components can be assessed by the teacher. These will be moderated by the exam board or given to the exam board for marking.

Each exam board will give more guidance on their requirements.

Physical Education

Sport Studies Cam. Nat.

Decisions are yet to be made on vocational qualifications.

Physics

GCSE

Delivery of content on the required apparatus and techniques will be allowed to be delivered using demonstrations or simulations.

Religious Studies

GCSE, AS Level & A Level

There is no change in how exams will be conducted.

 

Exam Arrangements for 2021

We continue to wait for final confirmation from the Government on the timetable and final arrangements for Summer exams 2021.  We will update you as soon as we have information. 

Attached you will find guidance on how external examinations are run at Woolmer Hill.  Please read this carefully as being prepared logistically for your exams will ensure that you approach them with a calmer and more controlled demeanour.

You will also find attached several regulatory documents from JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) who are a regulatory body for exams. Again, please read these carefully and ensure you understand what is expected of you as a candidate.

 

Year-11-GCSE-Examination-Information.pdfInformation-for-candidates-written-exams.pdfJCQ-Social-Media-Final-2018-9-1-1.pdf​Information-for-candidates-onscreen-tests.pdfInformation-for-candidates-NEA-2021.pdfInformation-for-cands-cswk.202021.pdf

Year 11 Exam Timetables

Year 11 Mock exams are scheduled for 11th - 26th November 2020, a timetable will be available to view here shortly.

Ofqual have announced that the Summer Exams for 2021 will be pushed back and commence on 7th June and run until 2nd July. They have also announced that a Maths and an English paper will be scheduled for the week of 24th May.  Exam boards are devising revised timetables and these will be released soon.

Please ensure that you make no plans for the 24th May - 2nd July 2021.

Individual timetables will be issued ahead of the exams.

 

Year 11 Subject Information

Please click here to view specific Year 11 Subject Information.

Revision Practice

Please follow the links below to view useful information, guidance, tips, tricks and techniques for effective revision.

 

Year-11-GCSE-Revision-Strategies.pdfRevision-InnerDrive-ebook.pdf

Period 7

Period 7 study sessions will run in four-week blocks from 2.40 – 3.40 every day unless otherwise stipulated, in which case they will run from 3.00-4.00. It is the expectation that ALL Year 11 students attend these sessions in the first four-week block beginning on Wednesday 7 October (week B) and continuing until Tuesday 10 November. Sessions will focus on revisiting subject content, exam preparation and retrieval practice in preparation for the Year 11 mock exams that will begin on Wednesday 11 November.

A schedule for four-week compulsory study sessions in the spring and summer terms will be provided in the new year. Subjects will continue to run Period 7 study sessions in the interim periods between the compulsory four-week blocks. These will not be compulsory for all and will be targeted based on individual student needs.

 

Week A

Period 7

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2.40-3.40

English

Option D

Art, Business and Enterprise,

Science

Option C

Food, History

Maths

3.00-4.00

 

Geography, IT

 

Drama, DT

 

 

Week B

Period 7

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2.40-3.40

Maths

Option B

Geography, Music, RE, Sports Studies,

Science

Option A

Food, French, History, Spanish

English

3.00-4.00

 

 

 

Art

 

Mental Health and Student Support

This page is full of links and videos with advice and guidance on how to maintain a positive mental position during times of stress and anxiety. Please do get in touch with your tutor, pastoral coordinator or a member of the welfare team if you need any help or advice.

 

https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/feelings/exam-stress/

 

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/exam-stress/

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-exam-stress/

 

https://www.studentminds.org.uk/uploads/3/7/8/4/3784584/exam_stress_print.pdf

 

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/school-college-and-work/school-college/exam-stress/

 

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

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