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Making sense of key stage 4

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