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Ks4 curriculum assessment work experience information evening


The Queen Katherine School

KS4 curriculum, assessment & Work Experience Information Evening

Head of Upper School: Mrs Brierley

Head of Year 10: Mr Rouse

Pastoral Leader at KS4: Mrs Wheatman

KS4 Learning Support: Mrs Reynolds (Ms Davies)

Work Experience Co-ordinator: Mandy Morland

Form Tutors: Mrs Thompson, Mr Gibbs, Mr Weightman, Mr Birtwistle, Mrs Kinlock, Mr Watson, Mr Patrick, Mr Hamilton

Changes ahead at ks4
Changes ahead at KS4

  • Calendar of Assessment deadlines.

  • Linear Exams, mainlyat end of Year 11.

  • Controlled Assessment in lessons.

  • Support on VLE

  • Progress Reviews

  • Assertive Mentoring

  • Raising of Participation Age. (RPA)

Summary of CA details, exam boards etc

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Summary overview of subjects, exam boards.

Details on VLE, plus contacts of Head of Departments if require more details.

Linear exams
Linear Exams

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  • Single series exams, generally all at the end of Year 11. ( except Core Science for dual scientists and Eng Lang for combined English).

  • Calendar of Assessment to help prepare for deadlines throughout the year.

    • Highlight subjects you study. Look how fit with other commitments in school and out of school.

Indiviudal pathways for core subjects science
Indiviudal Pathways for Core subjects - Science

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  • Scientists – 4 pathways (Triple, BTEC, Singleor Dual Scientists)

    • Dual Scientists will sit Core Science in Summer Year 10. (Level of entry based on Decision Assessments taken in lessons. First one is on Monday next week.)

    • All other students are on 2 year courses and will sit exams / complete BTEC end of Year 11.

Indiviudal pathways for core subjects english
Indiviudal Pathways for Core subjects - English

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  • Year 10 combined English (Lit/Lang) will sit English Language in Summer of Year 10 and go on to Literature in Summer of Year 11.

    • (Possible to resit English Language in November of Year 11)

Period of continuous change
Period of continuous change

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  • Linear exams.

  • Exams getting harder.

  • Spelling Punctuation And Grammar (SPAG) marks in English Literature, Geography, History and RS.

  • BTECs– new specifications this year. 75% coursework plus one examined unit. ( New this year.)

  • As of Sept 2013 English Language – no longer Speaking and Listening CA.

  • As of 29th September 2013, only first entry score will count in League tables.

  • First Year group that will not study AS exams if continue in Sixth Form, so vital get best GCSE results possible for UCAS entries to University.

What does controlled assessment really mean
What does Controlled Assessment really mean?

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  • Work set by the exam board completed in school under supervision, which counts for the final GCSE mark.

  • Time limit / guided hours

  • Students own work

  • Students and teachers sign declaration to show own work.

  • Less onerous for students outside lessons

  • In reality the new courses are demanding through out the 2 yr course, with Controlled Assessment running throughout the two year course.

Low control
Low Control

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Some work can be completed without supervision, outside the classroom/centre.

• Students have access to resources.

• Students can work together.

• Students can receive guidance from teachers

Medium control
Medium Control

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Directly supervision not required at all times but adequate supervision to ensure work can be authenticated

• the students’ work is their own, no plagiarism. (Students must reference all sources.)

• the contributions of individual students are recorded accurately.

• Students have access to resources.

• Students can work together.

• Students are free to revise and redraft a piece of work before submitting the final piece.

• Teacher’s can review student work and provide oral and written advice at a general level.

High control
High Control

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Students must be in direct

sight of the supervisor at all times.

  • The use of resources is tightly prescribed, normally only research folders/diaries.

    • Students must complete all work independently.

    • Students must not communicate with each other.

    • No assistance can be given to students.

    • No access to internet, email or memory sticks. ( Students have secure logins if IT needed.)

    • Teacher’s may answer questions but cannot advise students how to approach the task.

Feedback from Year 11 students on how to prepare for exams and cope with pressures.

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How do i revise
How do I revise? and cope with pressures.

Post it notes or index cards of key formulas, quotes, dates, case studies around the house

Condensed unit notes in a powerpoint or mind map. Use highlighters and pictures.

  • - Revision timetable - Bitesize chunks

  • varied revision

  • 30 – 40 min blocks + 10 min test and rest

  • Vary subject areas each day

  • Quiet + screen ban

  • Breaks

  • Rest, water, food, sleep

  • Leave evening before the exam for light study

Use online resources, Sam learning, bitesize, my maths to test and variety


Support reivsion book

GCSE podcasts to listen summaries. Register

on VLE.

Break down each subject into topics, make a topic check list for each subject: stick this up in your study area. (Revision Guides?)

Mnemonics / songs

letters remind you of words, can be a word or a phrase / sentence

e.g. SPORT

Specific, Progression, Overload, Reversibility & Tedium


Vle revision
VLE revision and cope with pressures.

Vle study revision help
VLE Study / Revision help and cope with pressures.

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date of birth as 6 figure digit followed by 2 initials e.g. 01.03.84dw

Vle subject specific help
VLE subject specific help and cope with pressures.

Example of department
Example of Department and cope with pressures.

Parent support summary
Parent Support Summary and cope with pressures.

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  • Be informed. Ask if not sure.

  • Consultation Evening on 6th March 2014, (5.15 – 8.15 pm)

  • Take an active interest and support.

  • Help students to be organised, keep interim deadlines, make revision notes on topics as go along.

  • Help provide a quiet area to study and help students to follow their own plan.

Reporting at ks4 pr s
Reporting at KS4 – PR’s and cope with pressures.

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Progress Reviews 6x throughout KS4.

Year 10 Reporting – Initial Target grades are been shared over the next few weeks with students,

  • PR 1 – December Target grade and current working at grade.

  • PR 2 – FebruaryUpdated working at grades. (Table form to make notes on at consultation evening on 6th March 2014.)

  • PR 3 – June Updated working at grades with more detailed targets where appropriate.

Generation of target grades
Generation of target grades and cope with pressures.

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  • Based on transition matrices from % chance graphs based on KS2 scores.

  • Challenging targets that put the school in top 25% of schools, but brought in line with new tougher GCSE’s.

  • Not directly comparable with other year groups.

  • Fewer individual A* grades, but departments will add these later on in course.

Assertive mentoring mrs julie reynolds
Assertive Mentoring and cope with pressures.– Mrs Julie Reynolds

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  • Tracking of students.

  • Students below target grades or one controlled assessment concern in one subject will be mentored within the department.

  • Students below target grades in more than one subject or multiple controlled assessment concerns will be allocated an mentor.

  • Assertive mentor – specific targets collected more regularly that Progress Reviews + specific subject departments. ( Sanctions to do work at end of school, rewards if meeting deadlines,)

  • Parent support at home. Mentor will try and share targets so you can be involved.

Raising the participation age rpa
Raising the Participation Age ( RPA) and cope with pressures.

  • All Year 10 students will have to continue in education or training in some format until their 18th Birthday. (not raising school leaving age.)

    • Full time education at school or college

    • Apprenticeship

    • Part time education or training if employed, self employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more per week.

  • Nationally 92% of 16 & 17 years olds already choose to continue in education or training. ( 98% at QKS)

  • Why? Opportunity to develop skills and qualifications.

  • How? Legal requirement to participate will be on your son or daughter. School – independent careers guidance. (Citizenship, FT’s, MMO, careers events, + Inspira)

Shaping futures
Shaping Futures and cope with pressures.

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- Some parents have asked about additional revision sessions and tutoring.

  • QKS have worked with Shaping Futures to organise some extra support for those interested.

    - Welcome to Shirley Williams and Germaine Chatterton

Presented by Germaine Chatterton and cope with pressures.

Motivating, inspiring learning

What is shaping young futures
What is Shaping Young Futures? and cope with pressures.

  • Shaping Young Futures is a brand new company based in Kendal

  • Over 20 years of experience in education

  • Pilot with Queen Katherine School

  • Aim is to help boost grades in Maths, English &IT

  • Support children for the future whether in school or getting ready for the working world.

Why choose shaping young futures
Why choose Shaping Young Futures? and cope with pressures.

  • Work together with you and your school

  • Increasing confidence

  • Provide continuous feedback throughout

  • Provide tailored courses pre-exam

  • Small group sessions

  • One-to-one tuition

  • Positive, influential tutors

What next
What next? and cope with pressures.

  • First session -Thurs 10th Oct 4pm-7pm

  • Free consultations

  • Discuss opportunities that are available

  • Anyone who can claim free school dinners for your child could receive free tuition

    Prince Charles’ Cottage, 95a Stricklandgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4RA

If you would like to know more
If you would like to know more and cope with pressures...

[email protected]


0800 0124135

Ask for Germaine or Vicki

National citizen service
National Citizen Service and cope with pressures.

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  • 3 week opportunity at the end of Year 11.

  • NCS is for 16 and 17 year olds. Take part in social action projects and build skills for work and life.

  • Champion School, endorsing for all students.

  • £40 and £20 refunded when attend.

Excellent GCSE – Best ever Maths and and cope with pressures.Eng lit results86% gaining 5 or more GCSE’s – tougher GCSE’s69% 5 A*-C inclEnglang/lit and Maths

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26 students achieved 7 or more a a s
26 and cope with pressures.students achieved 7 or more A / A*’s

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25 of grades were a or a
25% of grades were A and cope with pressures.* or A

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Outstanding btec results 50 distinctions dist s
Outstanding BTEC Results - >50% distinctions / and cope with pressures.dist *’s

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  • Thank you for coming.

  • A lot of information. Slide show on VLE.

  • Specific letters will be coming home with revision dates, exam dates, entry assessment dates etc

  • Update of calendar via email

  • Any questions?

  • Any questions / problems throughout the year please get in touch.

  • Feedback [email protected]