As you are aware this year is an extremely important time in your child’s education and one that can shape the foundations for their future. Throughout this year there will be various points of assessment in all subject areas in the build up to their final GCSE exams at the end of the academic year.
However, one of the most important times for your child will be the Year 11 mock examinations. These will take place from Monday January 6th to Friday 10th January. The results of these assessments are very important as they will be a marker for all teachers to aid with personalised target setting and to support your child’s individual progress. The mock exams form an important part of the strategies that we use to really get an accurate picture of how well each pupil is progressing, we break down each exam into separate questions and skills and track precisely what areas of each course pupils are strong in and what areas need further work.
We use this information to structure a lot of the teaching for the second part of Year 11 and to organise any intervention work. If a pupil has gone into exam without really preparing, or without doing their best, we don’t get a clear picture of what support they need and the pupil may find themselves being sent to intervention or revision classes that they don’t need to go to or which are the wrong ones, because the information we gain from the mock isn’t a real reflection of their progress.
As such your support in encouraging pupils to revise and prepare fully for this January exam series is greatly appreciated.
We are starting to talk to pupils about useful revision strategies and how to build a revision timetable for the final GCSE series, and often it is the revision strategy and the confidence that comes with being well prepared that leads to the best outcomes. There are several different approaches to revising, but there are a few elements which appear in almost every revision guide:
Make a timetable which has regular revision chunks and regular breaks.
Have everything ready before you start so that you can revise without being online and without access to social media.
Do something active: copy notes, summarise notes, turn notes into mind maps or diagrams, reduce them to cards, test yourself, do practice questions. Do not just read notes.
Please note that the English Literature Exam for Unit 1 is a Year 10 Exam, however the ICT exam on Tuesday January 7th is the Unit 1 actual GCSE exam.
Science practical exams will take place in the last week of January and will equate to 10% of the final mark.
English Language mock exams will take place on March 2nd - March 4th
I hope you find this useful, should you have any further queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Maughan, Mr Williams, or a member of the Year 11 Wellbeing team.