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GCSE Results Day – 12th August 2021

  • All Year 11 students can download their GCSE results using an online portal from 9am on Thursday 12th August.
  • To download results, students will need to sign into Kingsway Online using their Kingsway username and password.
  • Once signed in, students will see a link to a results portal, which allows them to download their statement of results as a PDF.
  • We would like all Year 11 students to use the time between now and Results Day to check that they can login to Kingsway Online. This will ensure that any issues such as forgotten usernames and/or passwords can be resolved before the 12th August.
  • Any student experiencing difficulties logging into Kingsway Online should complete the form below. We will ensure that enquiries are dealt with as a priority.
  • Students who would like to collect a paper copy of their results in person and/or discuss their results with staff are invited into school at allocated time slots.
  • We will provide a team of staff to help with enquiries that students had about their results.
  • On Thursday 12th August. students are to arrive at the Broadway main reception at the following times: -
    • 11T & 11G 9.30am
    • 11H & 11S 9.50am
    • 11E & 11W 10.10am
    • 11K & 11A 10.30am
    • 11I & 11Y 10.50am
    • 11N & 11C 11.10am
  • We will also run a drop in clinic on Friday 13th August where students can discuss their results with a team of staff.
  • Students attending the drop-in sessions on Friday 13th August are to arrive at the Broadway main reception at the following times: -
    • 11T & 11G 9.30am
    • 11H & 11S 10.00am
    • 11E & 11W 10.30am
    • 11K & 11A 11.00am
    • 11I & 11Y 11.30am
    • 11N & 11C 12.00pm
  • If you would like to read more information about how the Teacher Assessed Grades were awarded this year, please click here.
  • If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Mr J Weil (Assistant Headteacher) by email: - j.weil@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk or Ms A Page (Exams Officer) by email: - a.page@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
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Kingsway Leavers 2021 Grades: Guidance for Students and Parents

This page outlines the process that will be followed by The Kingsway School awarding grades for our students in 2021. 

What have schools been asked to do?

We have been asked to generate teacher assessed grades for students. These grades must reflect a fair, reasonable and carefully considered judgement of the student’s performance across a range of evidence on the curriculum they have been taught. Teachers should use their professional judgement to balance the full range of evidence available for each student in order to make a holistic judgement.  This is different to what we were asked to do in 2020, where we stated the grade the student would have been awarded, if exams had gone ahead. This year the grades must be based on evidence of the student’s performance.  

What evidence can schools use to make their judgements?

  1. Student work produced in response to assessment materials normally provided by the exam board including past papers, and the groups of questions being provided to support evidence gathering this summer, or similar materials such as practice or sample papers.
  2. Non-exam assessment (NEA) work (often referred to as coursework), even if this has not been fully completed.
  3. Student work produced in centre-devised tasks that reflect the specification, that follow the same format as exam board materials and have been marked in a way that reflects exam board mark schemes. 
  4. Internal tests and trial exams taken over the course of study.
  5. Records of a student’s capability and performance over the course of study in performance-based subjects such as music and PE.
  6. Records of each student’s standard of work over the course of study. 

Schools have been asked to consider the following in relation to the evidence: 

  • More recent evidence is likely to be more representative of student performance although there may be exceptions. 
  • As far as possible, evidence should be consistent across a class or cohort of students. 
  • Teachers can use evidence from any point during the course, provided they are confident that it is the student’s own work. 
  • The range and amount of evidence could vary between subjects.
  • When deciding the weighting evidence is given, teachers should consider the extent to which the evidence covers the content of the course and assessment objectives, when and where the assessment took place and the level of support that was given.
  • While there is no set requirement for the minimum amount of content that students must have been taught, the Head of Centres will be required to confirm that students have been taught sufficient content to form the basis for a grade. 
  • Evidence for students must be based on content they have been taught. 

How will we award grades at The Kingsway School?

  • Each department has identified evidence from across the course of study that fulfils the characteristics listed above. 
  • The evidence mix varies between departments, but most will include the May mini exams and the December PPEs (Mock exams). To view the evidence mix please click here.
  • Teachers will use the evidence collected to assign a Teacher Assessed Grade for each student in their class(es). They will use their professional judgement to balance the full range of evidence available for each student. 
  • Teachers will use only the evidence presented. Decisions about potential must not factor into the student’s grades. It would not be appropriate to refer to projected grades or target grades.  “A grade derived from a predicted trajectory or target grade is not permitted”. JCQ Guidance
  • When making decisions about grades, the teacher will consider the following factors:
    • When the assessment took place
    • Coverage of assessment objectives
    • Coverage of content
    • Authenticity – is the evidence the student’s own work?
    • Level of control – was it taken in timed conditions? Was there an opportunity for redrafting? Was it supervised? 
    • Marking – how much support was available when applying the mark scheme? What internal standardisation processes have been applied? 

There might be some circumstances where the evidence mix will be adjusted for certain students, these are detailed below: 

Access Arrangements

Students with special educational needs or disabilities can be given access arrangements for assessments. For example, they might be given additional time, a scribe or different coloured paper. For the formal assessments such as the May mini exams or December PPEs, these access arrangements are put in place consistently. For other evidence, access arrangements might not have been put in place. Where access arrangements were not in place, we might remove that assessment from the evidence mix or use alternative evidence where appropriate to do so.  

Mitigating circumstances

Where a student had to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 for a significantly greater length of time compared to their peers, we will consider the impact of this for the individual. We might take actions such as removing evidence or using alternative evidence where appropriate to do so. Parents do not need to inform the school of periods of self-isolation as will refer to the school’s attendance records for Year 11.  

There may be other mitigating circumstances that you wish the school to be aware of which may have had an adverse affect on your son/daughter during Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11). Where a student was affected by adverse circumstances such as a temporary injury or death of a family member we ask that you notify the school by completing this form: https://forms.gle/knEgVSTZwUfq7sEc7 by Tuesday 18th May. Mitigating circumstances will be considered by the school on a case by case basis and we might take actions such as removing that assessment from the evidence mix or we may use alternative evidence where appropriate to do so.  

Internal quality assurance process

  • We have written a Centre Policy in line with JCQ guidance. The policy provides a summary of our approach to assessment and quality assurance. This can be viewed here
  • Once the grades have been determined by teachers, checks will be carried out by Heads of Department. This is to ensure that a consistent and fair approach was used between classes in a subject. 
  • Once the grades have been checked by Heads of Department, further checks will be carried out by Senior Teachers. This is to ensure that a consistent and fair approach was used between different subjects.
  • Checking mechanisms will ensure: 
    • Teachers have determined grades objectively and without bias.
    • Access Arrangements and mitigating circumstances have been appropriately considered.

External quality assurance process

Checks will take place by our awarding organisation to ensure that the grades we award are consistent and fair compared to other schools:

  • Our awarding organisation will review the Centre Policy.
    • Our awarding organisation might organise a virtual meeting to ensure the systems we have adopted are appropriate.
  • We will be required to submit samples of work from five students in at least two subjects at GCSE, one of which is likely to be English language or maths. 

Evidence and grades

  • Although teachers may share results associated with individual pieces of evidence, they must not share with students the grades submitted to awarding organisations before results are released.
  • Students/Parents must not attempt to enter into a negotiation about grades as this is considered examination malpractice. 

What will be submitted to the exam boards?

  • A grade for each candidate 
  • Grade decisions for the endorsements in spoken language in GCSE English Language and MFL.

Appeals

The arrangements for awarding grades to students in summer 2021 include internal and external quality assurance measures which aim to ensure that on results day students are issued with fair and consistent grades that have been objectively reached.

In the instance that a student wishes to appeal a grade, there are two key stages to the appeals process:

Stage 1: centre review

The student can ask The Kingsway School if an administrative or procedural error has occurred. Students should be aware that their grade could go down, up or stay the same. If we find that an error has occurred, we can submit a request to the awarding organisation to correct the error and amend the grade without the need to make an appeal to the awarding organisation.

Stage 2: appeal to the awarding organisation 

The second stage of the process is referred to as an appeal to the awarding organisation (submitted by The Kingsway School on the student’s behalf). An appeal should be submitted if the student considers that we did not follow our procedure properly – outlined in the Centre Policy, the awarding organisation has made an administrative error, or the student considers that the grade awarded was an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement. Students should be aware that grades can go down, up or stay the same.

Important information about results and appeals

Timeline

  • Tuesday 18th May - Deadline for mitigating circumstances form
  • Friday 18th June - Deadline for submission of grades
  • Thursday 12th August - GCSE results day

Further details about how students can collect their results will be made available nearer the time. 

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Leavers 2020 Certificate Collection – Further Dates

For students who missed previous collection dates or were unable to attend, we are pleased to announce that collection of certificates is available on the following dates:

  • Monday 28th June - 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 6th July - 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 14th July - 2-4pm

Collection will be at Broadway reception on any of the dates above. If any of those sessions are not suitable please email me to make alternative arrangements. If you want someone else to collect certificates on your behalf you need to send permission to a.page@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

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Consultation Regarding Replacement of Exams for Summer 2021

Consultation: Replacement of Exams for Summer 2021

Currently there is a consultation open regarding the replacement of exams for summer 2021. This consultation is aimed at getting views of different stakeholders in order to arrive at a system that is fair and robust. The reason for cancelling exams is because there is a general consensus that exams can not be held in a fair way due to differential learning loss across the country. The challenge now is to design a system that is based on a range of evidence in order to arrive at a final GCSE grade and ensure that there is a clear system for quality assurance and appeals.

The consultation raises many questions that are yet to be answered, but in this document we wanted to share with you what is being discussed and what happens next.

Who will be awarding GCSE grades now that there are no exams in the summer?

Exam grades will be awarded by the school based on a range of evidence. What this range of evidence is has not been specified and we will be expecting further guidance from the exam boards. There will be a system of quality assurance both internally and externally that will be in place to ensure that grades have been awarded in accordance with the criteria issued by the exam board. The details of this system of quality assurance is yet to be shared with school.

What evidence will be used to determine GCSE grades?

The consultation states that teachers assessments will be based on the standards that students are performing at. This is different to last year where teachers were asked to project what grade a student would achieve had they sat the exam and this was based on evidence teachers had collected. Given grades will be based on standards that students are performing at, it means that work students are currently doing as vital. The consultation states that teacher assessment could be based on evidence such as:

  • Formal tests and Mock examinations
  • Exam Board papers
  • Substantial candidate work

More guidance is required from exam boards regarding what schools are to use, how to use it and what ‘substantial candidate work’ actually means in order to arrive at a teacher assessment. We are currently unaware what can be used to reach teacher assessments therefore it is vital that students continue to do their best every day.

What are the Exam Board papers? 

The consultation is proposing that exam boards could provide papers, which would be marked by teachers to help inform their assessments but does not specify whether using materials will be mandatory or optional. As of yet there is no guidance on what, how and when materials will be used. Following the consultation we will adhere to the guidance given by the Exam Boards.

Will students be examined on the full course content?

The consultation states that teachers assessments will be based on the standards that students are performing at. Exam boards will focus on what grade students are ‘performing at’ rather than projected grades. The consultation suggests that teachers should assess students on the areas of content they have covered and can demonstrate their ability, while ensuring sufficient breadth of content coverage. This will support consideration of differential learning loss that needs to be taken into account when awarding grades. Following the consultation, it is hoped that Exam boards will release guidance on how to address differential learning loss. The course content for some modules in Vocational courses have been amended to reflect the loss of learning time.

When will teacher Assessments be submitted to the Exam Board?

Teachers will continue to gather evidence until the end of May/start of June. At the end of May/start of June teachers will be collating evidence and following Exam Board advice in order to award grades. We are hoping that leaving the opportunity for students to provide evidence as late as possible will motivate them to continue to work hard and engage in making progress. Working until the end of May will also provide extra time to address learning gaps.

What happens after Teacher assessments are submitted?

Once data has been submitted, internal quality assurance will take place mid June. No guidance has been given from Exam Boards regarding what this would look like. Once the window for internal quality assurance has taken place there will be a process for external quality assurance. No guidance has been given from Exam boards regarding what this will look like. Provisional results could be available early July when an Appeals Process will open. No details have been released from Exam Boards regarding what the Appeals process will look like.

What can my child do to have the best chance of achieving the grades they have the potential to achieve?

Assessment information is being collected until late in the academic year. Not only will this give students the opportunity to catch up with lost learning, but also provide increased learning time where students can demonstrate progress. Students need to know that the work that they are doing now will have an impact on their final grade. This should motivate them to engage in their learning. What has happened in previous exams/assessments may or may not be included in the evidence base when making final teacher assessments, so it is really important that students look ahead to what they can do now, rather than dwelling on what has already happened.

Assessment will be based on what has been taught and so recognises that students in different schools have had the opportunity to access more of the course than others. There will be a broad range of assessment taken into consideration when determining final grades, so there will be numerous opportunities for students to demonstrate that they have made progress.

The best advice for students is to attend live lessons, engage in their learning, take opportunities that departments are offering regarding revision and follow teacher advice on how to make improvements.

What happens next?

The Consultation ends Friday 29th January. Therefore, we do not expect a response to the information gathered until the end of February. Following the release of the consultation findings the Exam Boards will then work on providing schools with details about the next steps. 

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Year 7 Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4)

In school, we wish to assess all our Year 7 students to see what their needs are and how we can best help them learn and achieve. As part of this process, we will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) to all students in Year 7 during the first week back after the October half term holiday (week beginning Tuesday 3rd November).

More information for parents can be found in the letter below.

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