Dear Year 11,
We hope you are keeping well; we know how unsettling these times are. We wanted to get in touch to update you with what work we are providing to help you in your next steps and what approaches we are taking to claim accreditation for your hard work and commitment to school.
Your teachers have already set you some useful learning tasks on our online learning platforms and each of you have received a work pack to help focus your studies. We will continue to provide access to these learning platforms until September when we hope that you can make the next step into post 16 education. You have been sent an email to your school email account with links to all of our learning resources and a ‘how to’ guide. I would encourage you to continue to use these.
I hope by now you have an idea or have made applications for your next college placement. If you need help with this or are still undecided we have access to Connexions advisors who can offer independent guidance and can support you with your applications. Colleges have been encouraged to be flexible and do all that they can to support students to ensure you can progress to further education. If you feel you would like this support please mention this to either the member of staff doing your regular welfare call or contact your LEP.
In terms of your qualifications we understand that you will be worried about your grades this summer, especially now that the summer exams have been cancelled. All the exam boards are currently working with the Government on a fair way of determining final grades. We have been given clear guidance on how we can share evidence of your work which will fairly reflects the commitment that you have put in. This process will consider the following:
- Grades will reflect performance as fairly as possible and ‘be indistinguishable’ from grades given to students in other years.
- In collaboration with all boards and Ofqual, and together with teachers, exam boards have agreed a consistent approach to how grades are calculated.
- Exam boards will ask teachers to predict the grades students would have got if they had sat exams.
- Teachers can take into account evidence such as mock exams and non-exam assessment.
- Exam boards will then use data, such as prior attainment, to decide on a final calculated grade. Some ofthis data will not be in the control of our teachers.
Your results will be released on the 20th August 2020. At this time we are unsure if you will be permitted to come into school to collect these. However we intend to securely send out to all students a statement of achievement which will detail all of your results, including your vocational options and functional skills. Those students who have yet to secure a full Functional Skills pass we hope to offer the opportunity to sit their remaining examinations before September.
Please remember that because there are now no GCSE exams, it doesn’t mean it was all for nothing. We have learned, we have laughed we have grown together. The things you have learned during your time at Rise Academy will hopefully shape your thoughts and you as a person. All of the Rise Team are thinking of you during this time and remember “we believe in you”. We are honestly sad that you have missed your final months in school and we all feel that we have missed out too. Speaking on behalf of all the staff, we are here for you should you need any help moving into your next ventures.
So please, stay safe and remember we are proud of you and proud that you have been part of the Rise Academy family.