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1 St Gregory the Great Catholic School Answers to avoid…

2 Thursday 20th November 2014

3 Dear Lord, Bless all those who have exams. May your Holy Spirit bring Your peace to calm our nerves; Your inspiration to sharpen our thinking; Your grace to give us confidence. We ask this in Jesus’ name. St Gregory the Great – Pray for us Amen

4 Welcome and Introduction – Dr McCarthy, Setting Targets, Tracking progress - Mr Jones Raising Achievement the Pixl Way and Mentoring – Mrs Wileman You Make the Difference – Dr McCarthy Success in English – Mrs Amos Success in Maths – Mr Lennartsson Please join us after the main presentations for refreshments and to ask staff any questions you may have.

5 Mr Jones

6 St Gregory the Great Catholic School Courses BTEC: Course mainly assessed through assignments. One unit is also examined. GCSE: Course typically assesses through controlled assessments and exams. Vocational college courses: similar to BTEC, more emphasis on practical assessment

7 Forecast Grade – average grade achieved nationally by students from the same KS2 starting point Current Grade - Based on evidence obtained from recent (over the last term) classwork, homework, coursework and controlled assessments. Predicted Grade - is a teachers’ professional prediction of the grade the student will attain at the end of the course taking all relevant factors into account. This may be higher than the current grade Target Grade - This represents a challenging but realistic view of what could be achieved with exceptional effort. It is likely to be above the forecast grade. Written Target - Learning targets help to raise the expectations and motivation of learners. They should provide something against which the learning can be measured and give a basis for improvement

8 We have a range of information about students’ achievement, including students’ KS2 levels and information about how students with similar levels perform nationally over time (the “Forecast grade”) Targets for Year 10 students are aspirational. In each subject, targets are a goal to aim for which we would normally expect to be above the forecast grade

9 To provide students with a clear and challenging personalised goal to aim for To help us track students’ progress and offer appropriate levels of support To help parents/carers, teachers and students know and understand progress over a period of time Target grades will be used during academic mentoring with students as the basis of discussions with tutors

10 Mrs Wileman

11 For example: C1 – Very Secure, B grade almost as likely C2 – Secure, provided effort is sustained C3 – Not secure, D grade almost as likely without extra effort and intervention This applies to all grades, and leads to a more accurate estimation of the progress of students Used for Current and Predicted grades.


13 Forensic diagnosis of learning need. Secure: Green Insecure: Yellow No Knowledge: Red

14 Pupils sit the examinations as if they were in Summer Examinations written independent of teachers Overcome any hurdles to a successful summer examination Basecamp to Summit


16 Wednesday 2.45pm with tutors – all students. Assemblies – Motivational The provision of teacher mentoring is to provide learners with time to talk, think and reflect on their learning in order to: raise their attainment; empower them to become more effective learners; develop their thinking skills; support them in developing independent learning skills; raise confidence in themselves as learners and in the school as a learning community;

17 Post 16/18 Pathways Qualification frameworks/Routes. Individual Student Appointments. Student and Parent Appointments. Resource Companion


19 PPE Exams – Week Beginning 15 th June Work Experience – Week Beginning 6 th July Parents Evening – Thursday 26 th February


21 90% = ½ day missed per week. ½ day a week = ½ a year (over 5 years). 19 days missed per year = full grade down in every subject area (DFE). The greater the attendance, the greater the achievement. © Global Education First

22 Always Important More than ever!

23 There is no secret to success! Turn up on time Turn up prepared Give it your best Use homework as an opportunity Act on advice from your teachers Don’t worry about mistakes – learn from them

24 Let your child know you are interested in their work Celebrate their achievements Help them get organised Let them know they’re not alone when things go wrong, the important thing is to learn and move on. They still need you to be their parent Support a routine Bed at a sensible time Eating properly Follow information in newsletter & success bulletin and on website, twitter, etc.

25 St Gregory the Great Catholic School Helping with work Check coursework deadlines & dates of controlled assessments and exams. Discuss timing and planning of work – avoid the last minute rush! Provide somewhere quiet with space to work. If this is difficult use school facilities. Help with learning & revision – we encourage students to involve others Read!

26 St Gregory the Great Catholic School Read!

27 St Gregory the Great Catholic School Key Points Mission: Wisdom, Integrity, Justice, Compassion. Attendance: Not here? we can’t teach them! Family Matters: They still need you! Planning: Tomorrow belongs to the prepared! Encouragement: the more you put in, the more you will get out! Research: Find it, Check it, Credit it! Concerns? Contact the tutor early!

28 Tutor Mrs Wileman Follow information in newsletter and on website, twitter, etc. Tell us Ask

29 Mrs Amos


31 ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1 x written exam 40% 3 x written coursework 40% 2 x speaking and listening tasks

32 3 TASKS 1 PIECE OF CREATIVE AND IMAGINATIVE WRITING 1 PIECE OF INFORMATION WRITING 1 ARGUMENT All completed by the end of Year 10 SPEAKING AND LISTENING Taught throughout the course, examined and recorded in Term 5

33 English Literature No coursework 3 x written exams

34 To support students we: Provide pre Public exams at least four times during the two years so students learn exam techniques Give students accurate and careful feedback on their performance Focus on specific targets and regroup students to achieve those targets Track their progress and apply interventions Provide you and them with regular updates on their progress Provide revision and skills practice materials for them and you to work on

35 How can YOU help? Regular attendance Equipped Homework – 45 mins per week Visit school web site

36 News items Match reports Autobiographies Books on hobbies Novels Web sites

37 St Gregory’s Maths Department

38 Mr Lennartsson & Ms De Alwis

39 GCSE Maths


41 3 Years Course GCSE Maths To help as many students as possible to get grade C or above at the end of Y11 Main target!

42 3 Years Course GCSE Maths Y9 and Y10 2 Years of teaching following the EDEXCEL 2 year Program of Study Setting and pace according to ability

43 3 Years Course GCSE Maths Special Case! At the end of Y10 Set 1 is sitting their GCSE Exam

44 3 Years Course GCSE Maths Year 11 Set 1: GCSE Statistics + Prep for A-Level studies Set 2: GCSE Grade A and B Set X, Y, W, Z Grade C - PiXL 10 Steps to Success Set 7 and 8 - Pixl 10 steps to success but at a slower pace Set 9 – Numeracy and Functional skills

45 EDEXCEL Year 11 Higher Tier - Grade A* to D Foundation Tier – Grade C to G 2 Exams


47 Year 10 GCSE Maths 2 nd years of GCSE Maths Assessment 3 Practice GCSE Exams December, March, June

48 Students not making progress – there is help available! Students identified will be invited for compulsory sessions. Open for any student interested Every Wednesday 3.10 – 4.10pm

49 1.Displaying Data / Sampling / Scatter GraphsDates  Construct a stem-and-leaf diagram (ordered)26-11-2014  Bar Chart26-11-2014  Pie Chart03-12-2014  Frequency polygon10-12-2014  Classify & know the difference between types of data10-12-2014  Design and use data collection sheets and questionnaires10-12-2014  Identify possible sources of bias10-12-2014  Draw a scatter graph by plotting points on a graph17-12-2014  Interpret the scatter graph (positive and negative correlation)17-12-2014  Draw a line of best fit on the scatter graph by inspection17-12-2014 TEST07-01-2015

50 What can YOU DO?!? Homework! (MyMaths, Sheet of Work) Encourage Punctuality!! Wednesdays in School After School Intervention/Revision Every evening at Home Equipment – Pen, Pencil, Ruler & Scientific Calculator

51 Resources £2.50



54 I found it very useful and easier to learn with. It’s very helpful It was fabulous and very helpful. I think its very helpful and easy to understand.

55 Other Resources MyMaths and Samlearning BBC Bitesize GCSE Super Maths World YouTube – Free teaching Free Apps available for phones and tablets.

56 3 Years Course GCSE Maths To help as many students as possible to get grade C or above at the end of Y11 Main target!

57 Any Questions Ms De Alwis Miss Hussain Mr Lennartsson Call School Office 01865 - 749933

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