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1 Welcome to Hanham Woods Key Stage 4 Information Evening Our Aim: All students fulfil their potential at GCSE

2 “Parental support is EIGHT times more important in determining a child's academic success than social class. The campaign for learning found that parental involvement in a child’s education can mean the difference between an A* grade and failure at GCSE.” The Times Educational Supplement 2014

3 The Programme General Information (Main Hall) Welcome Introductions to the Key Stage 4 Team General Points to remember at Key Stage 4 Growth Mindset Workshops Year 10: Main Hall How Year 10 parents can make a difference to grades Year 11:The Foyer How Year 11 parents can help support in the last year

4 The Key Stage 4 Team Mrs Sara Hutchinson – Assistant Principal Mrs Alex Lynett – Head of Key Stage 4 Mrs Susan Bennett – Key Stage 4 Officer Miss Laura de Courcy - Head of Conham House Mrs Jane Thurston - Head of Cleeve House Mr Ryan Sedgeley - Head of Hencliff House Mrs Kyli Willets - Head of Bickley House

5 Mr Ryan Sedgeley Head of Hencliff Miss Laura de Courcy Head of Conham Mrs Jane Thurston Head of Cleeve Mrs Kyli Willets Head of Bickley Hanham Woods Academy - Heads of Houses

6 How can parents make a difference? You don’t have to be an expert! You are the expert on your child Give plenty of support, praise and encouragement Listen to problems Provide incentives! Check their Planner for homework Read curriculum guide Encourage them to prepare thoroughly for controlled assessments and meet deadlines Ensure good attendance and punctuality

7 Home learning is the largest single determining factor 2: Satisfactorily completed 1: High Standard Those students who just do the just minimum work for home learning will not achieve their target grade however, those who complete their work to a high standard will not only achieve their grade but can exceed it.

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15 Being Successful at GCSE–what’s the secret? Keep up to date with work and controlled assessments Every lesson is counts…….focus Attendance and punctuality Act upon teachers’ advice Spend time on your work – don’t rush it Get organised:  Equipment and bag  Planner and homework  Controlled assessments – know your deadlines

16 As parents and educators part of our job is to ensure that our children find success. An important part of finding success is knowing how to respond to failure. Growth Mindset Grit Key Factors

17 We believe that: All of us can go beyond our best We should embrace challenge We should be inspired by the success of others Growth Mindset

18 Embraces challenges Persists in the face of setbacks Sees effort as the path to success Learns from criticism Finds lessons and inspiration in the success of others Fixed Mindset Avoids challenges Gives up easily Sees effort as pointless or worse Ignores useful negative feedback Feels threatened by the success of others Fixed and Growth Mind-sets

19 True Grit Allows You to Keep Going Grit, say psychologists, is the quality that makes us willing to commit to the long-term goals and see them through despite adversity. It is tenacity and a meld of other qualities like optimism, discipline and self-motivation. Grit

20 GRITGRIT Getting along with others. Peers, teachers and family to work towards a shared goal. Responsibility for putting in the right kind of effort to reach your goals and support others in reaching theirs. Integrity. It isn’t always easy to do the right thing and difficult choices may have to be made in order to prioritise the future over the immediate present. Tenacity, this involves perseverance, not using excuses and not giving up. Getting the Grit

21 We worked a cross section of students from year 10 with the intention of developing them into Growth Mindset leaders in their own right. Developing Growth Mindset HWA Experiment, Fail, Learn, Repeat Our students want to have a growth mind- set but they find it hard to do when the going gets tough (like the rest of us). They are brilliant at being honest but not always as good at being self disciplined. When we helped our group to keep up their Growth Mindset thinking they all stepped outside their comfort zone and stayed there when it got tough. Like us our students can be situational and are likely to have a mind-set per subject.

22 We asked year How do you get a Growth Mindset? Have more courage Reflect on your life and learning Put most effort into the hardest things Believe in change Have motivation to learn We are nurturing Growth Mindset thinking by: Talking about the process of learning in lessons Tracking and rewarding effort explicitly Changing the language that we use as teachers Giving loads of feedback Providing lots of different learning strategies

23 Recognise and reward effort: “Well done, I can see you have really struggled here, but all that effort you put in was really worth it.” Support your child to understand and expect that relentless, quality practice is the only way to improve and master skills and content. Talk about the process of learning, of effort, of making mistakes and trying again and again. Supporting a Growth Mindset at home Talk back to your Fixed Mind-set! Instead of...Try thinking... I’m not good at thisI’m not good at this... YET I give upI’m on the right track This is too hardThis may take some time and effort I can’t make this any betterI can always improve so I’ll keep trying I made a mistakeMistakes are part of learning Its good enoughIs it my best effort?

24 mindsetmax.com characterlab.org mindsetonline.com GRITGRIT Getting along with others. Peers, teachers and family to work towards a shared goal. Responsibility for putting in the right kind of effort to reach your goals and support others in reaching theirs. Integrity. It isn’t always easy to do the right thing and difficult choices may have to be made in order to prioritise the future over the immediate present. Tenacity, this involves perseverance, not using excuses and not giving up. Instead of...Try thinking... I’m not good at thisI’m not good at this... YET I give upI’m on the right track This is too hardThis may take some time and effort I can’t make this any betterI can always improve so I’ll keep trying I made a mistakeMistakes are part of learning Its good enoughIs it my best effort? As parents and educators part of our job is to ensure that our children find success. An important part of finding success is knowing how to respond to failure. We would love to hear your views and also offer you further support in building a Growth Mindset ethos at home. Contact For further reading here are some excellent websites

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26 Maths

27 GCSE Maths at Hanham Woods Academy The dull bit…. Two exams One non-calculator and one calculator paper (fx-83GT) Both out of 100 Both have an emphasis on using maths in problem-solving No coursework!

28 How can you support your Y10 child in Maths this year? HOMELEARNING: They will get one homelearning task a week. Ask about it – What do they have to do? Do they understand it? When is it due in? Do they need any help? Can they explain to you what they are doing? WEDNESDAYS REVISION GUIDES: All students will be given a revision guide to use in school and at home MATHSWATCH CLIPS on moodlemoodle MOCK SUPPORT

29 Get in touch

30 GCSE Maths at Hanham Woods Academy The dull bit…. Two exams One non-calculator and one calculator paper (fx-83GT) Both out of 100 Both have an emphasis on using maths in problem-solving No coursework!

31 How can you support your Y11 child in Maths this year? HOMELEARNING: They will get one homelearning task a week. Ask about it – What do they have to do? Do they understand it? When is it due in? Do they need any help? Can they explain to you what they are doing? WEDNESDAYS REVISION GUIDES: All students have been given revision guides to use in school and at home MATHSWATCH CLIPS on moodlemoodle MOCK SUPPORT

32 Get in touch

33 English

34 How can you support your Y11 child in English this year?

35 GCSE English at Hanham Woods Academy GCSE English/English Language Four pieces of coursework- 40% One exam - 60% GCSE English Literature One piece of coursework 25% Two exams – 75% Speaking and Listening projects (separate qualification) Entry Level Certificate in English (for some students).

36 Priorities for Year 11 All students’ coursework shows at least 3 levels of progress and is at TMG. Coursework improvement days Effective Preparation for the Unit 1 exam. CLF mock exams Study skills and exam preparation Home Learning

37 How can you support your Y11 child this year? HOME LEARNING. They will get one home learning task a week. Ask them about it – What do they have to do? Do they understand it? When is it due in? Do they need any help? Home learning should be done in a quiet and calm area – they need to start to re-create the same sort of atmosphere as in an exam. COURSEWORK IMPROVEMENT. This will involve some students being taken off their normal timetable for a day. Explain again how important this is, even if they are reluctant to do it. REVISION GUIDES. All students will be given revision guides to use at home. READING. Encourage your child to read at home – newspapers, magazines, non- fiction and fiction books (eg. autobiographies, novels) – maybe before a reward activity. ‘Secondary school students who read for pleasure perform significantly better than other students.’ (Institute of Education report 2013). ‘Strong reading ability enables children to absorb and understand new information – this will affect their attainment in all subjects.’ (Dr Alice Sullivan )

38 How can you support your Y10 child in English this year?

39 GCSE English at Hanham Woods Academy GCSE English Language Four pieces of coursework- 40% One exam - 60% GCSE English Literature One piece of coursework 25% Two exams – 75% Speaking and Listening projects (separate qualification) Entry Level Certificate in English (for some students).

40 Priorities for Year 10 Coursework which shows at least 3 levels of progress and is at TMG. Coursework units of work for the main part of each term. Effective Preparation for the Unit 1 exam. Study skills and exam preparation at the end of every term Home Learning Mock exam

41 How can you support your Y10 child this year? HOME LEARNING. They will get one home learning task a week. Ask about it – What do they have to do? Do they understand it? When is it due in? Do they need any help? Home learning should be done in a quiet and calm area – they need to start to re-create the same sort of atmosphere as in an examination room or a controlled assessment classroom. READING. Encourage your child to read at home – newspapers, magazines, non-fiction and fiction books (eg. autobiographies, novels) – maybe before a reward activity. ‘Secondary school students who read for pleasure perform significantly better than other students.’ (Institute of Education report 2013). Strong reading ability enables children to absorb and understand new information – this will affect their attainment in all subjects.’ (Dr Alice Sullivan ) If you have any concerns, talk to me or your child’s English teacher.

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