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Welcome Year 10 Parents Information Evening. Introduction Miss A Gill Head of Year 10.

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1 Welcome Year 10 Parents Information Evening

2 Introduction Miss A Gill Head of Year 10

3 Key Stage 4  Qualifications achieved in Key Stage 4 will be required for future career  Performance at Key Stage 4 is now looked at by Universities and Higher Education establishments.  Performance at Key Stage 4 will be on Curriculum Vitae for the rest of their working life.  Results based society. Grades matter.  Far more competitive than ever before for university places, apprenticeships and jobs. Students need to be fully prepared.

4 Key Stage 4 From this point on students in Year 10 have  just over 5 academic terms remaining of their compulsory education.  This amounts to around 66 Academy weeks or 330 days  Controlled assessments which contribute to final grades are starting this term.  First GCSE examination will take place on January It is worth 33%.  TIME IS TICKING!

5 Year 10 Student Expectations  Work hard in lessons.  Complete classwork and homework to the highest standards.  Prepare fully for controlled assessments and GCSE examinations  Work at a constant level throughout BTEC courses.  Show commitment.  Be consistent.  Aim high  Do the best they can.

6 Help and Support  Accessing subject support during enrichment time.  Asking teachers for help when needed.  In the run-up to examinations, utilising revision sessions put on by each department during enrichment time.  During the Easter holidays, attending revision sessions put on by each department.  Using GCSE Bitesize and other appropriate revision websites.  Doing past papers to improve exam technique.  Use the Careers services available.

7 Success at Key Stage 4  Consistent approach  Aiming high! Target grade of a C or higher.  Have a plan for Post 16. Research it and know what you need to get it.  Accessing all the support at Macmillan that is available.

8 Assessment Mrs Lloyd Assistant Principal

9 Controlled Assessment  Controlled Assessment has replaced coursework in a number of GCSEs  Controlled Assessments are taken under controlled conditions usually in a classroom environment  Not all GCSE subjects include Controlled Assessment  All Controlled Assessments are mandatory and are worth between 20-40% of the final GCSE grade

10 Controlled Assessment ‘If you use someone else’s ideas in your work without giving them credit for the original, this is plagiarism (trying to pass someone else’s work off as your own). If this work is submitted for your qualification this constitutes malpractice and you will be penalised, which could result in disqualification from the examination or examination series.’ Using Sources, Ofqual 2010

11 Controlled Assessment Booklet  Time plan of all subjects in Years 10 & 11  Marks available  Outline of the assessment  Resources needed  Preparation work  Dates and times

12 Controlled Assessment Help from Parents  May encourage child and discuss planning and timing of their work  May provide access to resource materials  Must not give direct advice on what should or should not be included Avoiding Plagiarism, Ofqual 2010

13 Controlled Assessment  Different levels of control for different subjects  Everything attracting marks to be done under supervision  Research can be done without supervision – but worthless without annotation  Never use Wikipedia as a sole source  Annotation must be under supervision  Writing frames are restrictive for higher grade candidates

14 GCSE Modularisation  Increased focus on modular approach  All external modular examinations are mandatory and are worth between 20-40% of the final GCSE grade  Modular examinations take place in January, March, May/June & November (Y10)  Timetables are available on the Macmillan Academy Calendar and on the Exam Information section on the website  No internal examinations in Y10  Internal examinations in most subjects in Y11

15 Reporting to Parents  Progress Data weeks beginning 17 October 2011& 16 January 2012  Annual Report week beginning 7 May 2012  Parent Teacher Consultation Evening week beginning 6 February 2012  Academic Tutoring week beginning 31 October 2011  Parent contact

16 Maths Miss Cook Head of Maths

17 GCSE Maths AQA modular course No controlled assessment

18 This will be examined in March If a resit is required it will be taken in June Unit 2 Number and Algebra Written exam (no calculator) 1 hour 15 minutes Available in November, March and June 66 marks 33.3% Foundation and Higher tiers Content includes: Working with numbers and the number system Fractions, decimals and percentages Ratio and proportion Expressions and equations Sequences and linear functions

19 This will be examined in June If a resit is required it will be taken in November Unit 1Statistics and Number Written exam (calculator) 1 hour Available in November, March and June 54 marks 26.7% Foundation and Higher tiers Content includes: The data handling cycle Data Collection Data presentation and analysis Data interpretation Probability

20 This will be examined in June Unit 3 Geometry and Algebra Written exam (calculator) 1 hour 30 minutes Available in November, March and June 80 marks 40% Foundation and Higher tiers Content includes: Properties of angles and shapes Geometrical reasoning and calculation Mensuration Graphical methods Solving problems with algebra

21 English Mrs Colabella Head of English

22 Edexcel GCSE English Running from September 2010

23 English GCSE The course is delivered over 2 years Each module can only be re-sit once English is taken on its own – you cannot take Literature with this option

24 The course overview Unit 1: 20% English Today Unit 2: 40% The Writer’s Craft Unit 3: 40% Creative English Controlled Assessment Reading response to two media/non-fiction texts Writing task Examination Questions on Shakespeare Question on prose from different cultures Practical writing task Controlled assessment 3 Speaking and Listening pieces Response to poetry Creative writing task

25 Controlled Assessment Tasks are pre-set by Edexcel Brief notes and clean texts only

26 Edexcel – GCSE Language and Literature Running From September 2010

27 The Course Runs over two years A lot to fit in Just for sets 1 and 2a

28 The Language course overview Unit 1: 20% English Today Unit 2: 40% The Writer’s Voice Unit 3: 40% Spoken Language Controlled Assessment Reading response to two media/non-fiction texts Writing task Examination Reading response to Different Cultures text Practical writing task Controlled assessment 3 Speaking and Listening pieces Spoken Language Study Writing for the spoken voice

29 The Language course overview Unit 1: 20% English Today Unit 2: 40% The Writer’s Voice Unit 3: 40% Spoken Language Controlled Assessment Reading response to two media/non-fiction texts Writing task Examination Reading response to Different Cultures text Practical writing task Controlled assessment 3 Speaking and Listening pieces Spoken Language Study Writing for the spoken voice

30 Science Mr Shaw Head of Science

31 Gateway Suite Gateway Separate Sciences B1, B2, B3B4, B5, B6 Controlled assessment B GCSE Biology 35% 75 min40% 90 min25% C1, C2, C3C4, C5, C6 Controlled assessment C GCSE Chemistry 35% 75 min40% 90 min25% P1, P2, P3P4, P5, P6 Controlled assessment P GCSE Physics 35% 75 min40% 90 min25%

32 Gateway Science & Additional Science B1, C1, P1B2, C2, P2 Controlled assessment S GCSE Science 35% 75 min40% 90 min25% B3, C3, P3B4, C4, C4 Controlled assessment A GCSE Additional Science 35% 75 min40% 90 min25% Each mixed paper includes questions from biology, chemistry and physics

33 Terminal Requirement 40% of assessment must be taken in final series, when certification is requested Any combination of units: Controlled Assessment and Written Paper Units which are part of the 40% must ‘count’ Requirement must be met again if candidate subsequently re-certificates

34 Thank you for coming. Staff will be in attendance should you have any questions.


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