11The Sixth Form TeamAssistant Head teacher in charge of Key Stage 5 – Ms WeddleHead of Sixth Form – Ms SmallwoodAssistant Head of Sixth Form – Mrs HoskinsEPQ Coordinator – Mrs NealeLearning Mentor – Mrs MillerKey Stage 5 administrator – Mrs CraneBased in the Sixth Form Centre in order to provide day to day support and guidance
12A-Level is an IcebergA-Level is a massive jump in independent learning.It is closer to University learning than it is GCSEThere is no spoon-feeding going on.Think of your A Level course as an Iceberg. The lessons are the small but defining part above the surface but the important weight and depth are under the waterThe LessonsIndependent Work
13EPQ An independent project based on a student’s personal interests A stand alone AS qualification.The only AS qualification with an A* gradeDevelops the skills of research, follow through and completionHighly regarded by universities and employers alike
14EPQ This term students will: Develop a title / theme/ idea for their projectComplete initial researchNext term selected students will:Complete researchAfter AS exams selected students will:Finalise projects / productsPresent their projects to an audience
16What do I do if something goes wrong? Student one.‘I worked really hard on my Spanish homework. It took me hours! When the teacher had marked it and gave it back to me, he said it was only a D grade. I can’t believe it. I got an A at GCSE. Why is it so hard? Maybe I should just give up…
17STOP!Negative self talk will not do you any favours! Yes, AS level is really tough. However, at this level, you will only really begin to learn by making mistakes. It’s a common error. As new 6th formers, you don’t know how to be successful yet.
18THINK!Don’t think of negative feedback as evidence of failure. See it as an opportunity.You have to keep going. Yes it’s painful, but, learning is a journey. At this level, the road can be a little bumpy.
19Success Stories Ella – ex-Bushey Meads student Results Media Studies – A*English - BFine Art – A*Destination.Birmingham University to study English
20How did she do it…?Ella was a classic Bushey Meads student. Good results at GCSE and ideal to study 4 AS levels.However, she struggled with exams at every turn. She revised hard but something was missing on the day of exams.She had many disappointments. However, she just kept going.Ella has gone on to be successful because she has developed the tools to deal with difficult situations.
21Success storiesNikhil. Another classic BM student. His A2 predicted grades were good, enough to secure his place at University but he needed to turn those predictions into results.Nikhil panicked and was convinced he would never be able to attain his target grades.So he employed a range of strategies to ensure success.He targeted students’ who he could work with. He created revision sessions. He worked in the study centre and worked at Watford Library.He also managed to raise over 3,000 for his travels abroad. After all, all work and no play…
22What can I do? Be pro-active Re-write my notes after lessons. Re- work my essay responses/ ideas so that I understand themSpeak to my teachers, asking where I can improve.Cut negative self talk.Be honest – am I really working at the level I need to be at?
23Perseverance It is hard to do something difficult. It is easy to give up when the going gets tough…But learning to cope with difficulty, to become independent and adaptable is a vital part of education.
24AS Level History How to be an Independent Learner Read: Improve your Contextual knowledge – Use books, the internet, textbooks and documentaries to improve your knowledge of the topics we are studying.Respond to feedback - have a 2nd go at mock exam papers – can you improve, do you know what you need to do to improve?Talk to Learn - Can you talk for 30 seconds on why Hitler got into power or why Suez ended in disaster for Britain?Create - Create a spider diagram of each unit to help consolidate your knowledge or make a list of subject specific language you should use in your work.Ask – If you don’t understand, then ask!Use the Extranet – there is a whole world of useful information on there…including the weather!
25Intervention & Assessment Settling in CheckEarly October, all teachers asked to make a judgement on how students have started the course.All concerns interviewed by 6th form team.
26Intervention & Assessment Assessments3 Assessments over the academic year. Can be viewed on the Learning Gateway22nd Nov 201313th Feb 20149th May 2014Mock Examinations: WB Jan 13th Results to parents: 7th FebConsultation Evening12th Feb 2014Report 4th April 2014
27What can Parents do to help? Support your son or daughter:Ask them about their courses – encourage them to talkAsk them about homework – why aren’t they doing any?Provide them with a place to workCheck the Learning Gateway