Updated Year 11 Assessment Timeline

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We are now in a position to be able to share more information with you and our students about the awarding of grades this summer, as well as the timeline for Year 11 for the remainder of this academic year.

The students have returned positively this week and are fully engaged in their learning. This week has been about supporting them transition back to onsite learning, as well as the challenges of three COVID-19 tests on site.  This week (beginning 15th March) teachers will continue to focus on teaching, addressing any misconceptions and ensuring all students are making good progress.

The week beginning 22nd March will be an assessment week. The purpose of this week is to:

  • Find out what the students know
  • Help to further develop plans to address any gaps in knowledge
  • Provide students with an opportunity to practise undertaking assessments
  • Prepare students for the next stage of their educational journey
  • Support subjects in the creation of the portfolio of evidence required to support the Centre Assessed Grades

These in-class assessments will all take place during lesson time, so there will be no amendments to the Year 11 timetable. Students who normally receive access arrangements during assessments such as coloured paper, will be catered for as much as possible, although extra time will not be granted due to the fact that the timetable is not changing. However, all access arrangement details will be taken into account when papers are being marked. Please also note that teachers will be doing ongoing mini-tests in lessons to support students with their knowledge and recall which is normal practice across all year groups at The Leigh.

Week Beginning 29th March

Students will receive general feedback from their teachers on the assessments completed in the previous week.

Easter Curriculum Recovery Week

The final day of Module 4 is Thursday 1st April. In order to support Year 11 students with their subject knowledge, help prepare them for assessments in Module 5 and make up some time for lost learning in school, we will be running extra subject sessions through week 2 of the Easter Break (Monday 12th – Friday 16th April).  A more detailed schedule will be shared with you soon.

Module 5

Students return for Module 5 on Monday 19th April. The first two weeks of Module 5 will be a normal timetable, with lessons focused on reviewing taught material and knowledge recall skills. Week commencing Tuesday 4th May will be an assessment fortnight with Year 11 having a bespoke timetable of lessons, assessments and subject masterclasses through this period. The exact nature of these assessments are still being finalised as we await more information from exam boards in terms of question material and additional resources they are providing to schools. As soon as we have those details, we will again contact you with further specifics on how the assessment fortnight in Module 5 will be structured.  Students with access arrangements, including extra time, will be catered for during these assessments.

Once the assessments in Module 5 are completed, we will use all the evidence available to us generated over the entirety of the students period of study to produce GCSE grades through the Centre Assessed Grade process. There will be a thorough QA/moderation process with middles leaders, senior leaders as well as checking with LAT before grades are submitted. No grades will be shared with students or parents at this time.

The point about the moderation process is important: our staff cannot artificially inflate grades, first because it would be wrong to do so, and secondly because it may lead to other students’ grades being brought down.  Related to this, we do need to stress that the grade awarded will not necessarily be the highest grade ever achieved during the course. There is always a temptation to believe that because a recent assessment was graded 7 or A, it means that it is unfair to be given a 6 or B: a range of evidence will be used to calculate the final grade.

As you can see from the above, further information about the range of evidence, data, and methodology to be used by schools to submit fair and accurate grades will follow with the publication of guidance from examination boards in due course. We will review this and subsequent guidance from all examination boards fully, before embarking upon the subsequent submission of any student data. We will, or course, continue to be in touch with all students, parents and carers with further updates. Please be reassured that we will continue to support our students over the coming months, to prepare for and complete any further assessments required.  Students are encouraged to remain fully engaged with their studies.

Module 6

Module 6 commences on Monday 7th June following the half-term break. We await further details from the Department for Education regarding the last date that Year 11 students are required to attend school full time but we are planning to include the following:

  • An extended Post-16 Induction period
  • Life skills sessions
  • Leavers events (depending on restrictions)

Results Dates

The Year 11 results day is Thursday 12th August. We will write to you closer to the date with a specific time students can attend the academy to collect their results. We will also support students with their transition to Post-16 at The Leigh, confirming their subject choices, as well as providing any assistance we can with students moving on to education at other establishments.

A summary of these key dates is below for you:

Date:
22nd March 2021 Year 11 assessment week
12th – 16th April 2021 Easter Recovery Week
4th May 2021 Start of Year 11 final assessment fortnight
12th August 2021 Year 11 Results’ Day

The links below will take you to an overview of how the GCSE and Vocational qualifications will be awarded this year.

GCSE Overview

Vocational Qualifications Overview

Post-16 Studies

If your child has applied to Post-16 at The Leigh, they will by now have received a conditional offer of a place, pending the outcome of their GCSEs. They can accept this place by completing the simple Google Form linked to the conditional offer letter. If your child has yet to apply, then please use the Kent Choices process in order to do so.  If you have any questions about this then please contact Mr Brewer on kevin.brewer@leighacademy.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support at this time.

 

Yours faithfully,

Mrs J Collins

Principal

 

Mr K Brewer

Head of College

Leading on Year 11