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" Making Sense of Key Stage 4" a presentation to parents by Dawlish Community College

" Making Sense of Key Stage 4" a presentation to parents by Dawlish Community College

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  • 1. Making Sense of Key Stage 4 Welcome to our evening
  • 2. Aims for this evening
    • To provide you with information about assessment, reporting and coursework
    • Highlight the key aspects of English, Maths and Science
    • To help give you some practical ideas about how to support your son or daughter
    • To give an overview of key stage 4
  • 3. A thought….
    • “ Parental support is eight times more important in determining a child’s academic success than social class….parental involvement in a child’s education can mean the difference between an A* and an also ran at GCSE”
  • 4. Overview
    • Key Stage 4 = years 10 and 11 (4 th and 5 th year pre 1989)
    • Two years of study in one or more area- GCSE, BTEC, OCR, NVQ
    • Assessment – linear or modular
  • 5. GCSE
    • English, Maths, Science, Art, Drama, Music, Media, Food Technology, Textiles, Product Design, Catering, History, Geography, Ethics, French and Spanish
    • Plus any other suitable courses e.g. AS Food Technology
    • Most are single award but some can be double award e.g. Science= two GCSEs
  • 6. GCSE Assessment
    • Modular- exams in small bite size chunks on a regular basis
    • Linear- sit the exam at the end
    • Elements of coursework:
    • 1. Coursework in own time
    • 2. Controlled Assessments (CA)
    • All grades are classified as a pass
    • (except U)
  • 7. BTEC
    • Science, PE, Health and Social Care, Work skills and Engineering
    • 100% coursework
    • Assessed in college
    • Value= 1 or 2 GCSE equivalencies
    • All at Level 2= GCSE level
  • 8. OCR Nationals
    • Business Studies, Travel and Tourism and ICT
    • ICT starts in year 9 for ALL students
    • Courses are internally assessed BUT externally moderated
    • Value= 1,2 or 4 GCSE equivalencies
  • 9. Equivalencies and points
    • GCSE
    • A*=58 points
    • A= 52 points
    • B= 46 points
    • C= 40 points
    • D = 34 points
    • E = 28 points
    • F = 22 points
    • G = 16 points
    • OCR/BTECS
    • D= 110 points
    • M= 90 points
    • P= 80 points
  • 10. English
    • OCR ENGLISH GCSE PATHWAYS( new from 2010)
    • GCSE Language/ Literature Pathway (leading to two GCSEs’)
  • 11. English Language
    • Using Language
    • Writing information and ideas (Information and Ideas exam Section A)
    • EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT 20%
    • Creative writing
    • CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 15%
    • Speaking and listening
    • CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 20%
  • 12. English Language
    • Studying Language
    • Non-fiction texts (Information and Ideas exam Section B)
    • EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT 20%
    • Extended literary texts
    • CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 15%
    • Studying spoken language
    • CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 10%
  • 13. English Literature
    • Literary heritage – Poetry and Shakespeare Play
    • CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 25%
    • Texts from different cultures and traditions – Of Mice and Men
    • EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT 25%
    • Contemporary texts – Modern Drama – one from An Inspector Calls/ The History Boys/ A View from the Bridge
    • EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT 25%
    • Literary Heritage (Prose) and Contemporary Poetry – Lord of the Flies and Carol Ann Duffy
    • EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT 25%
  • 14. ENGLISH ONLY STUDENTS (LEADING TO ONE GCSE)
    • English in the Daily World
    • Speaking and listening
    • Individual and Group Activities
    • CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 15%
    • Reading and non-fiction texts (Information and Ideas exam Section A)
    • Multimodal and non-fiction
    • EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT 20%
    • Writing information and ideas (Information and Ideas exam Section B)
    • Non-fiction, explanation, argument, persuasion
    • EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT 20%
  • 15.
    • English in the World of the Imagination
    • Speaking and listening
    • Drama/role play
    • CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 5%
    • Reading literary texts
    • Response to poetry/ prose/ drama – Of Mice and Men/ Carole Ann Duffy/ a Shakespeare play
    • CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 20%
    • Writing
    • Creative Writing
    • CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 20%
  • 16. Maths
    • Exam board: OCR & EDEXCEL
    • 100% exam based assessment
    • Entries -  THIS YEAR:
    • NOV (SETS 1,2,3)
    • JAN (SETS 4X,4Y,5,6,7)
    • MARCH (ALL SETS)
  • 17. Maths
    • Entries:
    • F - G up to C
    • H - D up to A*
    • Sets 1,2,3 Higher paper
    • Sets 4x and lower Foundation
  • 18. Science: GCSE
    • Y10 & Y11 both sit OCR Gateway Science. Core Science in Y10 (Y10 are doing the updated syllabus), Additional Science in Y11
    • Coursework is 33% for Y11s, 25% for Y10s. Both do the tasks in class, very little of it is allowed to be done outside of class.
    • Higher tier entry is based on whether someone has a good chance of getting a grade A or A*.
    • B and above at higher level
    • Foundation papers, combined with coursework, allow for a highest grade of B
    • The coursework and modular assessment would need to be of very high standard to be awarded a B grade.
  • 19. Science: BTEC
    • Exam Board: Edexcel
    • Level 2 Extended Certificate (equivalent to 2 GCSE’s)
    • All Y10 pass criteria must be passed to gain the qualification at any level (this is what allows it to be equivalent to GCSE).
    • Has elements of Biology, Chemistry & Physics in Y10, Forensic Science and Physics experiments in Y11.
    • 100% coursework.
    • Not tiered; any grade is available
  • 20. Examinations
    • Continual!!
    • Modular assessment
    • Linear assessment
    • Examinations officer- Mrs Bannister
    • Statements of entry
    • exams
  • 21. Coursework
    • Controlled assessments
    • Other coursework
    • Directed catch up sessions
    • FLC
    • Revision/coursework sessions TBC
  • 22. Assessment and Interim reports
    • Assessment takes place every 6 weeks
    • Teacher assess the students work and give a grade and a ATL score
    • How the student is working AT the time of assessment
    • Interims= 5 in year 10 plus a full report
    • 4 in year 11 plus a full report
  • 23. PTG
    • What are they?
    • Where do they come from?
    • How do we use them?
  • 24. Potential Target Grades
    • Come from Fischer Family Trust: FFT D
    • Top 25 % schools target
    • From a student’s KS2 SATS
    • APTG- Aspirational Target Grade
    • They are not a forecast!
  • 25.  
  • 26. Support
    • Tutor mentoring
    • Assertive Mentoring- to help a whole range of students
    • Flexible Learning Centre (FLC)
    • Study Guide and Year ahead
    • Mock Interviews
    • Student office and the Pastoral system
    • Links with Exeter University
    • Revision classes (term time and non-term time)
    • Support from Exeter College
  • 27. Supporting your son/daughter
    • Key dates available at home
    • Liaising with staff- attending parents evenings
    • Work area at home
    • Keep a regular check up on their work
    • Discuss expectations and future plans
    • Discuss the latest interim report
    • TV? Facebook? Computer games?
    • Praise and encouragement!
    • Read the free booklet- GCSE’s What can a parent do?
  • 28. Homework
    • Use the website to monitor homework
    • Homework via website
  • 29. Communicating with the college
    • Use the contact us form on the website
    • email the college
  • 30. Enrichment
    • Enrichment week (year 10)
    • Yearbook
    • Prom
    • Mock Interviews
    • Marines week
    • Student council and Charity days
    • Various trips and visits
    • Impact days- PSE/Careers support and advice
  • 31. Any further questions?
    • Please feel free to see myself or a member of the senior team
    • Thank you for coming tonight and please remember to collect the coursework dates and your FREE guide!