23 March 2020
Dear Year 11 Students, Parents and Carers
Following the cancellation of the exams this summer, I am writing with an update about expectations of students’ work at home at this time. As you will be aware, it has been announced that exam boards will be awarding students a calculated grade for their GCSE exams this summer which will be in part based on teachers’ predictions. We have not yet received any details from the exam boards about this process, or about expectations about any internally assessed components which would normally count towards a qualification. We are also waiting for further guidance about vocational qualifications. Once we know what the guidance is, we will be able to share this with you.
At the moment, while we wait for information, we are not expecting teachers to set any home learning tasks for Year 11 students or to mark anything other than written work, such as assessments and coursework, which have already been submitted. We will revisit these expectations and look to provide guidance about independent learning once we have the information we need. Teachers will not be able to discuss students’ predicted grades with students at any time. However, I can reassure you that it is accepted that mock exams alone do not always predict students’ final results accurately, and that this will be reflected when staff are asked to make their predictions for exam boards.
We will continue to support you with your next steps and will provide you with further updates as we have them. These will include expectations about independent learning, as we work to support you to achieve your next steps.
Mrs C Wager
Assistant Headteacher – KS4