Introduction to KS4 at Highgate Wood School What do we need / what do we expect from students, the school and parents? Timeline Advice to parents Q&A National Context GCSEs are more difficult and the goal posts are changing (new reformed GCSEs start this year for all subjects) This puts stress on students, teachers and parents The government want fewer high level
grades than before & to keep proportions fixed from now on The only answer to this is to work harder and work smarter Reformed GCSEs (grades 9-1)
English Language English Literature Maths Art and Design Biology Chemistry Physics Double Science Drama Textiles Food Preparation and Nutrition Geography History
Languages Music Physical Education Religious Studies Media Studies Sociology Reformed GCSEs (grades 9-1) More challenging
Grades 9-1 rather than A* G Grade 4 standard pass equivalent to a C Grade 5 is a good pass Grade 7 is an A grade Grade 9 is above the old A* Our Results Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 National 5A*-C EM 53.8%
The key message is: Revise consistently over the two years Take our advice about how to revise Do homework to the best of your ability Progress score NA +0.25 +0.26 ?? Results Needed for HWS Sixth Form Subject Art and Design
Biology Drama Chemistry Entry requirements Grade 6 in GCSE Art Grade 5 in GCSE English Language Grade 6 in Maths Grade 6 in GCSE Biology or Grade 7 in Add Science Grade 6 in GCSE Drama Grade 5 in GCSE English Language Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or Grade 7 in Add Science Subject Mathematics Entry requirements Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics Further Maths Grade 8 in GCSE Maths Media Studies Grade 5 in English Language Music Music Technology Grade 5 in GCSE Music or
Merit or above in Music Technology Grade 5 in GCSE Music or Merit or above in Music Technology Results Needed for HWS Sixth Form Subject Computing Economics English Language English Literature
Entry requirements Grade 6 in GCSE Computer Science Grade 6 in Mathematics If Computer Science has not been taken for GCSE then a Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics and a 7 in GCSE Physics is required. Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics Grade 5 in GCSE English Language Grade 6 in GCSE English Language
Subject Philosophy Entry requirements Grade 6 in English Language Physics Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics Grade 6 in GCSE Physics or Grade 7 in Additional Science Photography Grade 6 in GCSE English
Language and in GCSE English Literature Politics Grade B in GCSE Art Grade 5 in GCSE English Language Grade 5 in English Language Results Needed for HWS Sixth Form Subject French Geography
History Entry requirements Grade 6 in GCSE French. Native French speakers do not need to have taken a GCSE. Grade 6 in GCSE Geography Grade 5 in English Language Grade 6 in GCSE History Grade 5 in English Language Subject
Sociology Entry requirements Grade 5 in GCSE English Language Textiles (Taught through Art) Grade 6 in GCSE Textiles or and art or other DT can be substituted following a successful interview Grade 5 in GCSE English language and a grade 5 in
Biology or Double Science or alternative evidence of aptitude PE Timeline Date WB 8th Oct WB 29th Oct WB 19th Nov WB 11th Mar WB 25th Mar 30th April WB 17th Jun
Event Year 10 concerns screen First exams in class (approx.) Progress check & 1st predictions Progress check & predictions Underachievement information Year 10 parents evening Year 10 exams start Timeline Date WB 8th Jul WB 15th Jul Nov / Dec 2019 Jan 2020
Mar 2020 May 2020 Event Progress check SLT meeting underachievers Year 11 Mocks 1 Year 11 Parents evening Year 11 Mocks 2 GCSEs start Minimum target grades We use prior attainment data from KS2 or sometimes CATS scores Based on what we think students can get if they work hard throughout their time at HWS
These targets are a floor not a ceiling Without hard work these targets are unlikely to be reached let alone exceeded! Underachievement Information Currently this is based on a progress score based on the best 8 GCSE predictions We aim for all our students to have a progress score of +0.5. This means that on average 4 GCSEs are a grade above what they would get in an average school If a student has a progress score of less than +0.1 then we raise this with parents and students and might ask for extra work to be done
Homework and Private Study Homework will be set regularly in Show My Homework, following the homework timetable Homework will be assessed in a variety of ways, usually self assessment or peer assessment If your child says they dont have homework this is likely to be incorrect ask to see it if they say it is done, contact the teacher if they say it is not set, if they finish early then they should make / use revision cards or mind maps Homework and Private Study If the homework is not understood this can be a good thing students must not give up. Ask for help before the due date. All tests are very important. By doing well on
them your child will do well in the year 10 exams / GCSE and better in the year 11 mocks and even better still at GCSE. Homework and Private Study A minimum of 15 hours per week should be spent on homework and revision. Homework is intended primarily to reinforce learning in class and therefore is the same as revision. An example revision timetable is shown on the next slide How to revise Short (usually 30 minute) slots, then do another subject
Interleaved mixing up topics from, for example, a week ago and 6 months ago Revision cards or mind maps to recall facts and links (subject teachers will advise) Practise questions (for maths this is 90% of revision) All revision should be active not passive (writing / summarising / self testing, not reading a revision guide) What does a revision card look like? On the front, a statement of what to write about or a question
On the back, what you need to remember about this Using revision cards 1. Look at the front 2. Get a blank sheet of paper 3. Write what you remember Using revision cards 4. Turn the revision card over and correct You can see if your child has been revising by looking at their written work (all revision produces written work)
Using revision cards 5. Put revision cards that you did well on into one pile and return to them a week and then a month after we are aiming for long term memory! 6. Revision cards that you did not do well on into another pile to come back to the next day or two 7. Throw away the scrap paper (once you have checked it is going well) Who to go to with concerns The first port of call is the teacher (or tutor for general concerns / questions) Contact the Head of Department if the matter is specific to a subject and contacting the teacher has not helped
Contact your childs tutor if your concern is more general Communication between home and school is vital. It needs to be just right not too much and not too little. What are Controlled Assessments and when are they? Very few subjects have controlled assessments now They are internally assessed and replaced coursework They take place throughout the next year and a half depending on subject and teacher They take place in school and so they do not cause bottlenecks of work
Attendance above 95%... means that no grades should be reduced due to absence 90% attendance (one day off per fortnight) will mean every GCSE is one grade lower than it should be 92/93% - on average half of your childs GCSEs will be a grade lower than they should be Additional Support in Year 10 In year 10 we use the concerns screen in October and the termly data to support students who are underachieving by: Monitoring & report by tutors House teams putting in place an individualised
program Asking students to catch up with extra work if current progress is less than expected and asking parents to check it is done before we do More information and help on the website Additional Support in Year 11 Students who are underachieving (especially in English and Maths) are supported by the Aspire and Achieve Programme. Each students: Cloud 9 Club Has a staff mentor Has a 6th form tutor Has a bespoke set of interventions specific to their needs
Excuses and Answers E: I do better if I dont revise A: That is never true! E: I revised at school / my friends place A: Excellent, show me your notes from revision cards. After dinner you can do some more! Excuses and Answers E: I can learn by reading my text book
A: This is never true. Revision must be active and almost always produces paperwork E: Everyone learns differently! A: This is not really true! Whilst there is some truth to it everyone learns by repetition and example and checking their understanding objectively Final Thoughts Keep your child focussed on their success at school Support us in supporting your child Regularly speak to your child about their education Rewards and sanctions at home to support good grades attendance and conduct really
do help FAQs Q: Do we recommend any particular private tutors? A: No, ant we believe a private tutor shouldnt be necessary if advice from the school is followed Q: Will the students have the same teachers for yr10 and yr11? A: probably but it isnt guaranteed Q: Will there be regular test in class A: yes Q: Will we be advised straight away if our childs grades drop? A: We report termly but teachers might contact more quickly if there is an issue for instance with HW
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