Year 13 Final Assessment Window

I am pleased to share with you the draft timetable for the Year 13 assessment window, week commencing Monday 19th April 2021.

Week 1

Tuesday 20th April

12:00pm

  • Maths
  • History
  • Finance

Wednesday 21st April

9:00am & 12:00pm

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Graphics

Thursday 22nd April

9:00am

  • Textiles
  • English Literature
  • Economics
  • Spanish

12:00pm

  • Product Design

Friday 23rd April

9:00am

  • Maths
  • History
  • Finance

Week 2

Monday 26th April

12:00pm

  • Textiles
  • English Literature
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Spanish

Wednesday 28th April

9:00am & 12:00pm

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Graphics

Thursday 29th April

12:00pm

  • Product Design
  • BTEC Sport

 

Morning assessments will start at 9:00am and students must arrive at their examination room by 8:45am with the correct equipment. Afternoon assessments will start at 12:00pm.

Students who normally receive access arrangements during assessments such as coloured paper will be catered for as much as possible, and extra time will be incorporated into the Module 5 assessments.  All access arrangement details will be taken into account when papers are being marked.

The maximum length of an exam will be 2 hours, and Learning Areas will confirm timings with students. Students have received guidance from their subject teachers regarding the content of these exams and revision lists are being shared. There will be an opportunity for students to catch up on any examinations missed during the week commencing Tuesday 4th May. 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 BTEC and A Level 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.

Please be reminded that our Easter Curriculum Recovery sessions will be running from Thursday 8th – Friday 16th April for A Level English literature, maths, BTEC engineering, Fine Art, Photography and Graphic Communication, with places still available for booking using this form, https://forms.gle/rkqSkWMrtwqnm5aT8.

We recognise that students will not be able to attend school in line with any public health advice to self-isolate. You should not send your son/daughter to school if they: 

  •         have symptoms or live in a household with someone who has symptoms 
  •         have tested positive themselves, even if they do not have symptoms 
  •         live in a household with someone who has tested positive, even if that person does not have symptoms 
  •         are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) 
  •         are required to self-isolate for travel-related reasons

Should your son or daughter test positive for Coronavirus, it is important that you inform the school immediately.

The Joint Council For Qualifications (JCQ), has released parental and student guidance, providing an overview of the assessment procedures for the Summer 2021 grades. You can find this information on this link: JCQ Guidance for Students and Parents on Summer 2021

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Sarah Forde

Head of College, Leading on Examinations

sarah.forde@leighacademy.org.uk