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Arrangements for appeals

Candidates can appeal their grades through their centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case.

A candidate can:

  • ask their centre to appeal on their behalf to an awarding body if there is evidence that leads a candidate to believe:
    • the centre made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information
    • an awarding body made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade

A candidate cannot:

  • appeal against their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal in respect of the process or procedure used by Falconer school in calculating their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal directly in any respect to the awarding body

 

Autumn 2020 Exam Dates

A full series of GCSE in all subjects will be available in autumn 2020 and these dates have now been confirmed.

The timetable will run as follows:

  • GCSE examinations start on Monday 2 November and finish on Monday 23 November.

The deadlines for entry are:

  • GCSE (except English Language and Mathematics) – 18 September exam board, internal deadline 16 September to enable processing of entry
  • GCSE (English Language and Mathematics) – 4 October exam board, internal deadline
    2 October to enable processing of entry

 

Results days:

  • GCSE Maths:  14 January 2021
  • Other GCSE: 11 February 2021

 

If you would like to be entered for an exam in the autumn please Examinations Officer Mr Abusef via email admin@falconer.herts.sch.uk as soon as possible.  All entry requests should be received by the 4th September 2020 . 

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Published 10th Aug 2020

Ofqual's response to recent stories on exam results in Scotland this summer and any impact on results in England.

We appreciate students, parents/carers and teachers are anxious to know whether the publication of Scottish exam results last week has any implications for results in England.

We understand this has been a very difficult year for students, who have not had the chance to prove their knowledge and skills in exams. We want to reassure students that the arrangements in place this summer are the fairest possible to enable them to move on to further study or employment as planned – with grades which are just as valuable as in any other year.

The grades students receive on Thursday will be based on the judgement of their school or college, and have been moderated by exam boards to make sure the same standard is applied for all students, whichever school, college or part of the country they come from. Overall, grades will be slightly higher than in previous years, by around 2 percentage points at A level grade A and above.

We will publish equalities data for England, including analysis by socio-economic status, on results days. Our early analysis shows that students from all backgrounds – including more disadvantaged and black, ethnic minority and Asian communities – have not been disadvantaged by this year’s awarding process.

We know teachers worked extremely hard to deliver this year’s arrangements and the vast majority tried their professional best to submit accurate judgements. We expect the overwhelming majority of the grades awarded this week to be within one grade of the centre assessment grades submitted by teachers.

Overall, students will get the best estimate of the grade they would have achieved if exams had gone ahead. Schools and colleges can appeal if they believe there has been an error or that the moderation process has not produced a reliable result.

YEAR 11 EXAMS 2020 - UPDATE

 

GCSE Results Day 20th August 2020            (Updated on the 1st July 2020)

School will be open between the hours of 10.00am and 12.00pm.  If for any reason your son is unable to attend in person to collect his results and you would like them posted then please contact the school on admin@falconer.herts.sch.uk.  In this case results will be posted 1st class on that day.

Should you have any queries about post 16 transition support and would like to speak to our schools career leader Mrs Farrell she can be contacted by email or you can call her on 07905994373

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Update: April 2020

Dear All

 

As we are sure you are aware, Ofqual and the exam boards have now released further information and guidance on the process for the awards of this year’s grades for GCSEs and A levels.

The Guidance below will form how Falconer school will be assessing your students 2020 Exam  grades:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/how-gcses-as-a-levels-will-be-awarded-in-summer-2020

 

The overriding principle is that the process should be fair, objective and provide carefully considered judgements of the grades schools and colleges believe their students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams, and should take into account the full range of available evidence.  ASCL has referred to this as the ‘most plausible grade.’

 

The key points to note are:

  • Schools will be asked for a centre assessment grade for every student in each of their subjects: that is, the grade they would be most likely to have achieved if they had sat their exams and completed any non-exam assessment.
  • Schools will be asked to provide the rank order of students within each grade for each subject. (This information will be used in the statistical standardisation of centres’ judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across all schools and colleges.)  
  • Schools should take into account a range of evidence including classwork, any non-exam assessment (whether or not complete), the results of any assignments or mock exams, and any other records of student performance over the course of study.
  • Any work completed after school closure should be used with ‘extreme caution’ and students should not be disadvantaged if they have been unable to complete this.
  • Schools do not need to submit any supporting evidence, such as student work, to exam boards, but they should retain records of this in case exam boards have any queries about the data.
  • GCSE English Language spoken language grades for the separate endorsements will also be collected if they have been completed.
  • Centres will receive information from exam boards regarding submission deadlines that will be no earlier than 29 May 2020.
  • Each set of centre assessment grades for a subject must be signed off by at least two teachers in that subject, one of whom should be the head of department (or where, if there is only one teacher or only one is available, by the Head of Centre).
  • The Head of Centre will be required to confirm that the centre assessment grades and the rank order of students are a true representation of student performance. In reviewing these centre assessment grades, the Head of Centre should consider how the distribution of centre assessment grades compares with grades achieved by the centre in previous years.
  • Grades should not be shared with students or parents.
  • Exam boards will put all centre assessment grades through a process of standardisation using a statistical model being developed with Ofqual. This is expected to look at evidence such as the expected national outcomes for this year’s students; the prior attainment of students at each school and college; and the results of the school or college in recent years. This standardisation will not change the rank order of students within each centre; nor will it assume that the distribution of grades in each subject/centre should be the same.
  • Grades may be adjusted up or down; this may be for some or all students within the co-hort.
  • Students who feel that their grades from the summer do not reflect their ability will have the opportunity to take their exams in the autumn series or in summer 2021.
  • This year, GCSE results will b released on Thursday 20 August 2020

 

Please remember there will be no published data from this year’s series.

 

With all best wishes.

 

M. Abusef

Exams Officer

 

Other useful information:

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Year 11 Mock Exams

The new GCSE courses are very demanding qualifications. The removal of coursework and controlled assessment from most subjects means that all of the marks contributing to the final grade are a result of the performance in the final exams, because of this mock exams are now more important than ever.

The mock exams are written examination papers which last approximately 1h 45m to 2h 11m.  The papers will include structured questions, short-answer questions and practical-related questions.  The topics covered in the core subjects, History and PE examination will be from Years 9, 10 and 11.

These exams are used both to assess students’ performance and also to prepare them for the forthcoming GCSE examination in June.  The students are expected to revise thoroughly for these exams and their performance will be reflected in their predicted grade for the final GCSE exams.

 

Please find the Mock exams Timetable attached bellow.

Summer Public Exams 

All candidates are expected to be familiar with the rules and regulations before entering an exam room. The documents for these are to be found below:

Revision Tips For GCSE Students

 

If you want to achieve your best grades in your GCSEs in June 2020, then you need to know the best way to revise. You need to know how to develop good exam technique. You need to know how to build up your confidence. Here are some some revision techniques and tips, which could be work for you:

 

Create a Timetable. The first step is to create a realistic plan for your revision. It doesn't need to be pretty or high-tec, a piece of paper will do. Schedule when each GCSE Exam will take place. Break down each subject and plan the revision for each subject area. Schedule small chunks of revision and vary the subjects to begin to build some momentum. Once you start, it will become easier … as the inertia reduces.

 

Organise each Subject. You will be preparing for different GCSE Examinations. For each subject, gather together your notes, exercise books, text books and resources. Separate piles, separate folders.

 

Know the Exam Requirements. Print off a copy of the Exam Syllabus/Specification for each subject. Make sure that you know which Exam Board you are preparing for (EdexcelOCRAQAEduqasWJECBtec). The Exam Specification will provide you with a breakdown of the topics that you need to cover. It will also help you identify the demands of each of the separate exam papers.

 

Make Notes. Go through your school books and begin to make notes. Write notes again and again, each time more condensed. If you only read to revise, you will retain some of the content … if you write notes to revise, you will retain much more of the content. Use memory aids, mnemonics, flashcards, if you find them helpful. Listen to podcasts, watch videos or documentaries, move to a new study area. By the week of the exam, your notes should have become condensed to just one side of A4.

 

Practice Past Papers. You can access past exam papers online. Make sure that you choose the correct Exam Boards (EdexcelOCRAQAEduqasWJEC). Schedule one exam paper each week for each subject. Create your own exam conditions. Mark your own exam papers so that you understand the marking scheme. Ask your teacher or your friends for extra help, if there are topics that you do not understand.

 

Look after your Body. Take the time you need to rest and relax from your studies. Spend some planned time with your friends. Eat nutritious food. Drink lots of water. Sleep long and deep. Find a healthy balance.

 

Build Confidence. Confidence is built on accomplishment, so get things done. Small things to start with. Follow through on your plan. You will respect yourself if you say you're going to do something and then you do it. Recognise and reward your achievements.

 

On GCSE Exam Day. Eat a good breakfast. Read through your single page of notes a few times, to calm your nerves. Have all your equipment organised and ready to go. Get to school in good time.

 

Keep things in perspective, this is a GCSE Exam...

Curriculum Map for Year 11 Revision

Student Exam Guide and Advice

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