Exams and Year 11
Work for Year 11
Pupils should still be prioritising any remaining course content being set by teachers. This is not in order to change their grades or rank, but so that they are in a strong position for starting their next courses, or if they choose next year to sit an exam in that subject. So, this is still their primary focus if it applies to them.
However, as this work draws to a close, pupils can begin working towards their next courses. We are providing links to the resources provided by many of the colleges and sixth forms as well as to other platforms that might be helpful and interesting – links are below and on our website.
In addition, we will look to support students with this work as much as we can. Many teachers have offered to mentor groups of students studying their subjects next year. These teachers will be setting work via Show My Homework, with, wherever possible, opportunities for feedback and guidance. We hope that our students will find this contact helpful and reassuring. The work will either link directly with what has been set by the sixth forms and colleges, or be more generally useful for students going on to further study in the subject.
Year 11 students should therefore keep an eye on Show My Homework and school email over the coming weeks.
There will also be work available for students who may need to “re-sit” their English Language and/or Maths GCSE to obtain a Grade 4. It will help them enormously if they keep working on and revising these subjects so that they’re in a good position to do this next year, if they need to. Other pupils may choose to do so – as they may do in any subject – and so work targeting different grades will also be available.
Thank you for understanding that we don’t have subject specialists available in every area, in particular for more vocational subjects. We will do our best to direct pupils to useful resources for those courses.
We are all thinking very much of our Year 11 students, whom we really miss. Our best wishes to them, and to you all.
General resource portals
Comberton Sixth Form centre: https://www.combertonsixthform.org/admissions/preparation-Information
These resources from our Trust sister school are for a wide range of A level and BTEC courses. Comberton SFC have kindly made them available to all CamVC pupils, whether they plan to study at CSFC or not. Resources will be updated and added to over coming weeks.
Impington International College: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pe8y1e2o9k3cl07/AAB3kRMoMJq9cPReN3CZLnOka?dl=0
See their DropBox of resources. Impington have kindly made them available to all CamVC pupils whether they plan to study at IIC or not. Whilst they are aimed in the first instance at pupils studying the International Baccalaureate, much of it is also suitable for those aiming for A level. Resources will be updated and added to over coming weeks.
Long Road Sixth Form College: https://www.longroad.ac.uk/prospective-students/frequently-asked-questions/summer-work-2019/
Freely available on their website, whether you plan to study at Long Road or not. Starter resources for a wide range of A level and Level 3 Diploma courses. Resources will be updated and added to over coming weeks.
Cambridge Regional College: CRC are running a series of webinars that can be attended live online or accessed afterwards; see separate message. If you have accepted a place at CRC, you will receive guidance from your subject tutors after the webinar welcome events relating to work that you can complete.
Hills Road: https://www.hillsroad.ac.uk/sixthform/how-to-apply/summer-work-2020
The Oakes College, Cambridge: https://oakescc.org/future/ Freely available on their website, whether you plan to study at The Oakes or not. Starter resources for a wide range of mainly A level courses.
College of West Anglia: resources due to be available in May.
EtonX: Course specific information: A free offer from Eton College for online courses they run. EtonX’s Future Skills Programme is a suite of courses, each of which provides 7-10 hours of self-study content. Each course is fronted by a different Eton teacher, but the skills learned are generic and useful for all students preparing for higher education or the workplace.
The courses on offer to UK schools are:
- CV Writing
- Creative Problem Solving
- Interview Skills
- Making an Impact
- Research Skills
- Writing Skills
General Information: - https://etonx.com/ Course information: https://etonx.com/fast-track/. Contact email@example.com to complete your sign-up.
Future Learn: https://www.futurelearn.com/ Sign up to an online course related to your subject areas. Most are free of charge.
BBC Bitesize: Pupils may be familiar with this from their GCSE courses. The following link https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zvhtng8 will take you to regular lessons in English and maths, Functional Skills, Levels 1 and 2.
Pearsonactivelearn: Pupils will mostly be familiar with www.pearsonactivelearn.com from French, German and Spanish GCSE; electronic online books are now available to them in a massive range of subjects at all levels. The same publishers have made their electronic text books freely available to CamVC pupils in all subjects because of our previous subscription. Pupils should log in with their username and password (either their 6 digit code, e.g. 215123, or their 6-digit code with -AL, e.g. 215456-AL, or, with a few pupils, their full email address. The password is camvc123 (unless pupils have changed it themselves). If any pupil would like access to any further Pearson GCSE, A level or BTEC revision guides, email firstname.lastname@example.org and he/she can be allocated those resources.
Letter from Ofqual
A message for all GCSE, AS and A level students this summer
I understand how unsettling the past weeks have been for you, since the announcement that exams have been cancelled this summer, and that you are urgently waiting for news. I wanted to let you know what we are doing to provide you with grades. Our over-riding aim in this is to be fair to students this summer and to make sure you are not disadvantaged in your progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented conditions.
How will grades be calculated?
Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:
• the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
• within each subject, the order of students at your school or college, by performance, for each grade. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges
Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.
This information will allow us, with exam boards, to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be different from the one your school or college sends to the exam board.
Do I need to complete any new work for my school/college to submit a grade?
Your school or college is not required to set additional mock exams or homework for your centre assessment grade, and you won’t be disadvantaged if you were not set, or were unable to complete, any work given out after schools were closed.
Can I see the grades my school/college submits for me?
No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at your school or college, to tell you the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.
I am a private candidate – what does this mean for me?
If you are a private candidate (for example, home-schooled, following distance-learning programmes or studying independently) the centre you are entering with should include you where the head teacher or principal is confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of your achievement to make an objective judgement. We are urgently exploring whether there are alternative options for those students who do not have an existing relationship with a centre and who need results this summer to progress. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be possible for all private candidates, some of whom may instead need to take exams in the autumn to get their grades.
We appreciate that this is a matter of real concern to private candidates and will provide an update as soon as possible. We have asked organisations that represent universities and FE colleges to consider the steps that providers could take when making admissions decisions this summer for any private candidates who do not receive a grade. They have told us that they believe that institutions will consider a range of other evidence and information for these students to allow them to progress wherever possible.
When will I get my results?
We’re working hard to get results out as soon as is possible – results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and ideally they will be issued a little earlier, so you can have the certainty you need. Can I take my exams another time? We are working with exam boards to offer additional exams in the autumn term as soon as it is possible to do so. We’ll let you know about these in the coming weeks.
The information we have published covers GCSEs, AS and A levels, plus Extended Project Qualifications and Additional Extension Awards in maths. You can find out more about which qualifications and students are included, and the current arrangements for those which are not, in our detailed guidance; along with answers to other questions that you and your parents or carers might have. We will keep updating our guidance as new information becomes available, including to share details about vocational and technical qualifications as soon as we can, so please keep an eye on our website.
Please be reassured that the grades you get this summer will look exactly the same as in previous years, and they will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers, to help you move forward in your lives as planned.
With every best wish,
Chief Regulator, Ofqual
Further Information on Process of Awarding Grades for Cancelled Summer Examinations
The Department for Education has outlined a process to award students a calculated grade for their GCSEs, AS and A levels this summer, and to provide an exam option for those that wish it as soon as is reasonably possible after schools reopen.
We are working tirelessly to support students affected by these unprecedented and difficult circumstances and to develop, quickly, a fair and consistent process. We know that schools and colleges urgently need to know what they will need to do, and when.
Work is already underway with exam boards and teachers’ representatives to develop our proposals and we will provide more detail in the coming days.
Department for Education:
The Government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university, college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn.
This means ensuring GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.
The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July. In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years. We will also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students do not face a systematic disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances.
We recognise that some students may nevertheless feel disappointed that they haven’t been able to sit their exams. If they do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.
There is a very wide range of different vocational and technical qualifications as well as other academic qualifications for which students were expecting to sit exams this summer. These are offered by a large number of awarding organisations, and have differing assessment approaches – in many cases students will already have completed modules or non-exam assessment which could provide evidence to award a grade. We are encouraging these organisations to show the maximum possible flexibility and pragmatism to ensure students are not disadvantaged. Ofqual is working urgently with the sector to explore options and we will work with them to provide more details shortly.
The Government will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020.