GCSE Exams Updates - February 2021
Dear Parents/Carers and Our Year 11 Students,
There has been a lot of talk across the Media about what will replace the cancelled GCSE exams this summer. We understand that the communications that we are all receiving is complex in places and frustrating; we all want to know what the final plans are for our students. We should also emphasise that the proposals do include testing of some kind for all students. There is, alongside GCSEs, an ongoing consultation for all Vocational and BTEC qualifications.
Schools and stakeholders have been asked to complete a consultation about the potential processes that will be used as a replacement to the GCSEs, in order to award students their final grades. We would encourage you to read the consultation paper; it can be found here:
As a school, we want to ensure that we continue to communicate with you about this, and update you when we are able to. So, following this introduction are key pieces of information about the proposed changes and processes for the awarding of our students’ grades. We would encourage you to read these so that you are informed and updated. We will work with you throughout the next few months to ensure that your child is supported.
As we said in our letter on the 5th January, 2021, please continue to ensure that your child turns up to all their online lessons, as per their normal school timetable, they should keep working hard and know that every piece of learning that they complete including their March mock exams, will still make a difference. Please take a look at the video created by PiXL which is on the next slide.
We would ask that if you have any questions, to please contact us at Beacon High and we will endeavour to answer the questions that we are able to, at this time.
KS4 Director of Learning
Festival of Futures - Post-16 Studies Preparation
Dear Year 11,
We know that this past few months is not what any of us planned for or expected. We also know that this has been a strange time for you to navigate with so many unanswered questions. We cannot change this strange situation but what we can do is prepare you as best we can for the next stage of your journey so that you are ready for the months ahead. For you that will mean further education elsewhere. We want to help prepare you for all that is coming in the next few months. Please know that our doors remain open to you.
Today, we are launching ‘The Festival of Futures’ for you. Like a festival, you will be able to explore some of the areas that will help you as you start your Post-16 studies. Each area comes with some links/resources for you to work through and explore. There is a logbook that comes with it too for you to record what you have done, what you have learned and your thoughts about your learning or questions you have.
Please read the attached letter first: Year 11 Festival of Futures - Letter.
Please do take some time to look through these materials and access them - they will help you with the transition from Beacon High into your Post-16 studies.
We hope that you are all well and safe.
Please access the 'The Weekbeing Zone' materials in your English Google Classroom or via your school email.
Year 11 Progression Work - Project Futures by PiXL
- A set of progression sheets to help you study for your Post-16 subject content
- A balance between academic material and a focus on helping you adjust and prepare for September
- You select a progression sheet that interests you and choose the task/s that you want to complete
- There are subject specific sheets and wider skills sheets focusing on social and emotional 'progression'
- You complete the 'Progression Log' which logs what you have learned and your own next steps
- You create an online portfolio/or keep records of this which shows some of your thinking and work for a later date, including CV writing, as an example
- Year 11 students who are about to go onto Post-16 courses - there are subject specific progression sheets