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Year 11 Support 

Introduction

As our year 11 pupils progress through their final year at Leeds East Academy and begin to prepare for GCSE examinations, we will ensure that they are supported both academically and pastorally to finish their journey with us successfully and are prepared their next steps in further education and careers. The below provides an overview of what will be provided and implemented over the remainder of this academic year.

Support and Intervention

Given the amount of learning time that has been disrupted by COVID-19, we are looking to seize every opportunity to support our students, ensuring that their remaining year with us is maximised. To accomplish this, subject specialists will be providing students with a host of bespoke and targeted intervention opportunities based on individual needs to support their progress to achieve strong academic outcomes.

It is important that students utilise these opportunities.

GCSE Examinations 2022

October 2021 Update

The Department for Education (DfE) and The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) have made some changes to the GCSE examinations taking place in 2022 to take into account the time students have had away from education. Please find a summary of this information below which relates to your child’s GCSEs:

  • English Language: Exams stay the same, however, the spoken language element does not need to be recorded.
  • English Literature, History and Geography: There will be a choice of topics or content on which pupils will be assessed.
  • Mathematics and Combined Science: Students will be given a formulae sheet in GCSE Maths and a revised equations sheet in GCSE Combined Science covering all the equations required in the subject content. As well as being provided to students in exams, exam boards will make these sheets available to schools beforehand for use in teaching, so students can familiarise themselves with them.
  • Art and Graphics: Students will only be assessed on their portfolio.

Ofqual and the DfE have stated that exam boards will publish advance information on examinations by 7th February 2022 with the exception of AQA English Literature and AQA Art and Design.

Results Day will take place on Thursday 25th August 2022

We will continue to provide you with updates on the Summer 2022 Exam Series as soon as we receive them.

Grading GCSE’s

For the past two years, summer exams haven’t been able to take place and, instead, students have been awarded grades by their teachers. Due to the difference in assessment approach, we have seen higher outcomes.

As we return to exams, we want to get back to the pre-pandemic standard, but in the interests of fairness, Ofqual (who take the decisions on grading) won’t do so in one jump.

Instead, 2022 will be a transition year to reflect that we are in a pandemic recovery period and students’ education has been disrupted. In 2022 the aim, therefore, will be to move grading to a point close to midway between 2021 and 2019.

Results are likely to be higher than in 2019, but not as high as in 2020.

Before and After School Intervention

The academy provides a comprehensive before and after school intervention offer, targeting key knowledge and skills. Morning sessions start at 8.00am. Afternoon sessions commence at the end of the academy day.

Please encourage your child to utilise these additional opportunities.

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Before School

(8.00am)

Sport (E39)

Geography (E26, E28)

Art (A27, A32)

Graphics (A27, A32)

Sport (E39)

Health & Social Care (E39)

Spanish (E24, E25, E28)

After School

(End of Day)

English (E52)

Home-Learning Hub* (E48/49)

Science (A34, A35) Citizenship (A01. A10)

Home-Learning Hub* (E48/49)

Maths (E38, E42)

Sport (E39)

Home-Learning Hub* (E48/49)

History (A01. A10)

*Home Learning Hub is an opportunity to stay in school with subject specialists to complete home learning or revision

Remote Intervention

When students were required to work from home, we all adapted to accessing online resources and were able to use these to continue studying. We want to continue to utilise this as a provision to support the progress of our students. Using Class Charts, subject teachers will set bespoke interventions for targeted students based on individual need and target grade.

Interventions will be set weekly on Mondays commencing from 31st May. These interventions will be in addition to home learning set and target students will be rotated throughout the year.

Revision and Preparation Platforms

The platforms below can be utilised to consolidate learning and revise in preparation for future assessment.

Please also refer to the Revision Guidance page for further resources and strategies to support independent study.

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