Now that students have chosen their subjects to be examined at the end of Year 11 (maths, English language, English literature, double or triple science and four option courses) their targets and assessments are firmly focussed on excellent performance for the end of Year 11.
We also remain committed to giving you access to rich, regular and personalised infromation to help you support your child's learning during this crucial period. We do this through a wide range of activities, tools and people, each of which are detailed on our Assessment & Reporting Overview page.
Targets for the End of Year 11
Key stage 4 qualifications have recently been reformed, as explained below, are we use targets from grades 9 to 1 as targets for students to achieve at the End of Year 11. Regular progress checks from October of each year tell parents and students whether or not we judge them to be extending beyond, secure at, or at risk of not achieving these targets. We also report on students approach to their learning in class and when completing homework.
Students' target grades also correspond to performance during Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) and to vocational qualifications, as shown in this table.
We are always happy to discuss whether students targets have remained appropriate and how best to support students in reaching them. Please don't hesitate to contact your child's tutor, teachers or Head of House. You can find all staff contact details here on the website at www.tgschool.net/staff
Security Judgements in Year 10
From October of Year 10, we provide a security judgement as to how confident we are, based on recent work and assessments, that the student is going to reach their target at the end of Year 11.
|Extending||Working very well, towards or beyond the top of the target grade or band|
|Secure||Working well, likely to reach the target grade/band|
|At Risk||A change or support needed, at risk of not reaching the target grade|
These judgements represent a range of information. They are supported by assessment information on Go4Schools, feedback in exercise books and other marked work.
If a student is described as at risk, then this may indicate that either a change to their approach or level of support is required. it is often best addressed by discussing with your child what recent fedback they have received and how they are repsonding to it. students are supported by tutors in setting weekly priorities, communicating with their teachers and closely monitoring their progress in that subject until the next progress check.
Secure and extending approaches are a positive reflection of the progress being made towards targets.
Year 10 March and Year 11 November Mock Examinations
In addition to our usual support we also provide key mock examinations to develop student confidence and inform next steps in our teaching and their preparation for final exams.
These exams are closely modelled on the final exam papers which students will face at the end of Year 11. They are completed in the exam hall, at exam desks, with invigilators. For these to be of most benefit students should approach them as they would do their final exams by revising as instructed by their teachers and following healthy routines. Being well prepared with exam equipment and arriving promptly also helps students gain confidence.
In the lead up to each of these exam periods we provide parent information evenings where we provide advice on revision and support, and answer any questions parents may have. Exam timetables are provided a few weeks before each period to help students and parents plan their revision.
Internally Assessed Work and Vocational Exams
Students who have chosen to study vocational qualifications such as health & social care, media, engineering, BTEC sport or IT will also have important assignments to complete throughtout their course, as well as written or online exams. Deadlines and exam dates for theses assessments will be shared with students by subject teachers.
Changes to Key Stage 4 Qualifications
The first reformed GCSE qualifications in English and Mathematics were first sat in summer 2017. All courses, assessed at the end of Year 11, will have been reformed by summer 2019.Key features of reformed GCSEs are that almost all content is assessed in summer at the end of Year 11 through longer written exams, with a clearer focus on remembering key knowledge.
The grading system has also changed from grades A* to G to a system of grades from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest level of performance.
A grade 4 is considered as a Level 2 pass and desirable for all students to achieve. Students not reaching grade 4 in English or Maths at age 16 will continue to study those subjects alongside their chosen qualifications up to age 18.
Similarly vocational courses such as BTECs, Tech Awards and Cambridge Nationals, now also include a substantial amount of external assessment through exams, either online or written.
More information on the changes to GCSEs is in the OfQual Postcard in the resources section of this page.