2021 Teacher Assessed Grades
The DfE have confirmed the 2021 summer examination season is cancelled. Final grades will now be decided by teachers. Below is a summary of the information provided to students about some of the internal assessments that are scheduled to provide some of the evidence to be used towards this process.
Please note the following points:
If you do not have an exam in a particular period you need to attend your normal lesson. Morning Registration will be the same as a normal day. Exam sessions are as follows unless stated above:
- AM examinations start at 9:00. You should arrive at your venue a few minutes before to ensure a prompt start.
- PM examinations start at 13:30. Again please arrive before this time.
- If you are absent for any exam, you must notify the Academy by phone (01702 440000). You must have medical evidence to support the absence.
- Please check seating plans, which will be displayed on the exams notice board in the cafeteria and outside the examination venues.
Illness during the examination season
- Any candidate who fails to turn up for an examination due to illness must contact the Examinations Office on the morning of the examination and produce a valid medical certificate. Please also ensure that the exams office is aware if you have attended an examination but are feeling unwell or have other circumstances that may have an effect on your performance.
- The examinations officer will circulate the exam timetables for both external and internal examinations once these are confirmed.
Important Exams information for students – Rules and Regulations
Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the following information regarding rules and regulations for exams. These are extremely important documents that outline everything you need to know about the conduct and behaviour that is expected from you when taking your exams.
These rules are defined by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which is an organisation comprising of the seven largest providers of qualifications in the UK. They determine the guidelines that we need to follow as a school and as a student to ensure that exams are conducted in a fair and responsible way.
Please be aware that any breach of these instructions can constitute malpractice and may result in the Examination Board disqualifying the student from that particular exam. In more serious cases of malpractice, the Examination Boards reserve the right to remove a student from all existing exams that were due to be taken.
There is no one way to revise as every pupil has their own learning style, however the following tips may help:
- Ensure you fully understand what to revise. What topics do you need to understand? What does the exam specification say?
- Manage your time. Planning to spend 4-5 hours on one topic is unrealistic. Create a suitable timetable which makes time for rest and other activities.
- Check your understanding by practising exam style questions. Feedback from teachers is vital at this point, to see if you are on the right track.
- Start revision early. Trying to cram a 2-year course into 6 weeks has never worked!
- Find an appropriate environment. Some people work better alone and some work better in a group. Some people work better with music and other don’t. Find what’s best for you!
- Set yourself revision goals. Aim to complete certain tasks every time you revise that way you will be able to monitor and track how much you have done/need to do.
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Useful revision links
Revise and prepare for your exams by practicing past exam papers. Past papers are a handy way for you to check the level of questions you will need to answer in an exam and hence this makes them a great revision tool.
Past papers will not help you predict the questions or topics that are likely to come up in exams but you can use them to:
- Assess whether you have learnt the material;
- Identify gaps in your knowledge.
To access past papers to help with your revision, please click on the exam board links below:
- AQA Exam Board Past Papers; [https://www.aqa.org.uk/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes]
- Edexcel Exam Board Past Papers; [https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/support-topics/exams/past-papers.html]
- OCR Exam Board Past Papers; [https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/past-paper-finder/]
- EDUQAS Exam Board Past Papers. [https://www.eduqas.co.uk/home/past-papers/]
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Before the Examination
Again, everyone has their own personal routines, but these tips could make the difference:
- Ensure you know the correct time, date and venue of the exam
- Prepare resources the night before (i.e. calculator, pen, pencil etc.)
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Have a good breakfast and stay hydrated
- Don’t be put off by what others say.
- Think positively; don’t underestimate yourself.
- Visualise your revision material and remain calm.
During the Examination
It’s important to remain focused during an examination. If you have put in the hours preparing, then the exam is just a chance for you to showcase your talent!
- Read the question carefully. Read it more than once and take time to think about your answer
- Save time by not repeating the question.
- Use the amount of marks to gauge how many points to make.
- Understand the command words (describe, list, evaluate, explain etc.)
- Re-read your answers and double check you have included everything.
After the examination:
Time to reflect on the exam and ask yourself the following questions:
- What did you do well?
- What have you learnt for the next examination?
- What do you need to improve next time?
Coping with GCSEs and A Levels
- The work you do now is extremely important.
- Work hard now and you will be better prepared. Never settle for a first draft of work. You can always improve.
- Complete all classwork and homework! Missing work could potentially cost you marks and that grade you want to achieve.
- At the end of the day you study for yourself and your bright and wonderful future!
Planning a Successful Journey through Exams
- Become familiar with the way that each exam course is taught.
- Be clear about what is being examined and how.
- Know when examinations are due to take place.
- Look ahead and see how the programme being studied has been prepared.
- Look ahead and anticipate times when work has to be complete and passed on for assessment.
When students receive a full examination timetable check the dates and add them to calendars and planners.