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Year 10 Parent/Carer Information Evening 11 th September 2014 Paul Williams Assistant Headteacher.

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1 Year 10 Parent/Carer Information Evening 11 th September 2014 Paul Williams Assistant Headteacher

2 Welcome & Overview Introductions Subjects in Year 10 New demands upon your child Parent support Key dates

3 Recent results 5+ A* - C GRADES INCLUDING ENGLISH AND MATHS 201056% 201160% 201270% 201368% 201470%

4 Recent Results 20+ students achieved 8 or more A and A* grades 98% achieved 5 or more A* - G grades

5 Subjects in Year 10/11 CORE SUBJECTS (ALL WILL DO) MATHS (7 hours) GCSE ENGLISH (8 hours) GCSE SCIENCE (8 hours) + 5 hours for separate sciences MFL (5 Hours) GCSE PE ( 4 Hours) GCSE RS (2 hours) GCSE Full/Half course Study Skills (1 hour) OPTIONS X 3 (5 hours)

6 Course Details Each course is different, they can include elements of: Coursework Controlled assessment Practical exams Written exams Teacher witness statements

7 Coursework… Traditional sense One or more pieces of work to be completed by the student Can usually work on this outside of lessons Strict deadlines to be met Coursework – parental help Proof read draft coursework Support with planning (if needed)

8 Controlled Assessment… A task or series of tasks that are set by the examination board –usually on a given topic To be completed within lessons at school Controlled conditions Number of hours allowed ‘Normal’ exam rules

9 Examinations… End of year 11 Full examination conditions marked externally Notified in advance usually 5 months for summer exams Parental help… Pupils will be issued with their exam timetable in advance of the examination period Remind pupils about exam rules – e.g. no mobile phones, Arriving at least 15 minutes before having eaten and exercised Remind pupils to revise – in advance! Support with correct equipment – pens, pencils, rules etc (differs for each exam)

10 Who’s job is it? Isn’t it the schools’ job to get them through their exams? School clearly has an important and integral role to play Provide the expertise and resources to help your child acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to do their best in each subject. New expectations of your child in Years 10 and 11 expectations which for many children, even the very brightest, are hard to meet. You don’t need to know anything about maths, science or resistant materials to help them with these things – you’ve been doing it all their lives!

11 New Demands on your child: Being more-self motivated, and taking more responsibility for their own learning. Asking when they do not understand! Developing their abilities to overcome frustrations, and strategies for persisting when they are finding it challenging. Organising themselves. Completing work independently Organising and planning their time over longer periods

12 More New Demands…. Understanding the exam structure and the relative importance of each piece of work to their final grade. Planning out and carrying out revision. Perfecting their ‘exam technique’. BUT the hardest demand…is that of understanding the long term importance of doing the best they can, and learning to shelve short-term fun at times in the interest of long term benefits!

13 And this is where you come in! You are the expert on your own child and always have been his/her most important teacher. Your support, encouragement and interest can make a spectacular difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands of the exam years.

14 Parental support is eight times more important in determining a child’s academic success than social class, according to a new study. The Campaign for Learning found that parental involvement in a child’s education can mean the difference between an A* and an ‘also-ran’ at GCSE. Times Educational Supplement Parental Support

15 Your role (in partnership with the school) Attendance officer Partner with school Tool Box provider! Study Buddy ( not doing it for them ) Project manager Go-between for your child and school

16 He always leaves everything to the last minute – one moment he has all the time in the world – the next it’s all stress and stropping because it has to be in tomorrow and he hasn’t got the stuff he needs to do it… I don’t understand all this coursework, levels and module exams – it’s completely different from when I was at school. She’s always got an excuse – I don’t know what to believe. Surely she shouldn’t be going out again when she’s got exams coming up? He’s always panicked in exams – when I try to help him it always ends in a slanging match – it always seems to end in me making him more stressed.

17 Tips for Parents, from Parents who survived!! Stay in touch with school (via website) and your child's teachers. Know the course structure and requirements, such as timings of coursework and examinations. Plan the schedule for work and formulate an agreed routine for study. Agree regular ‘check-ins’. Once a half- term is a good aim in Year 10. Discuss, in relation to timetable, where up to in each subject.

18 Further Support www.hartfordhigh.org.uk ‘Getting involved’ starring James Nesbitt www.parentscentre.gov.uk/webchatsintervi ewsvideos/gettinginvolvedshortfilm www.parentscentre.gov.uk/webchatsintervi ewsvideos/gettinginvolvedshortfilm GCSE's - What Can a Parent Do? (101 tips to ensure success) (available amazon) Exam board websites www.projecteducation.co.uk/gcse

19 And so… Attend all lessons Keep an organised file for each subject Know deadline dates and plan run in time Get draft work in before the dead-line, give your teacher chance to make suggestions Balance the social life and study Don’t get a new job that drains your energy and takes time from studies. Put key dates & dead-lines in your diary phone with warning points along the way!

20 Friends? Ignore what friends and others are doing or saying- you are working for an easy life for YOU now and later- let them have the hassle of redoing coursework and the last minute panics over finding notes, and books etc.

21 Further information www.bbc.co.uk/teens offers an A-Z of life with advice on a whole range of issues that might worry your son/daughter www.bbc.co.uk/teens www.childline.org.uk/Examstress.asp Tel 0800 11111 Offers tips and advice on exam stress as well as a downloadable booklet ‘Exam stress and how to beat it!’

22 Key dates for Year 10 September 30Careers Fayre DecemberCRU January 26Progress Day MarchCRU April 30Parent Evening JuneCRU & Report JulyCollege Taster Days

23 And finally. Careers Advisor Colleges Term-Time Holidays Please stay and ask any further questions you may have Good Luck….


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