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Year 11 Summer 2021 GCSE and Vocational Information (CAGs)

Centre Assessed Grades 2021

Overview:

Following the announcement on 5th January 2021 you will be aware The Department for Education has cancelled the examinations and has announced that grades will be awarded based on evidence produced by students at each examination centre.

In recent weeks, detailed guidance has been published by JCQ, outlining how the processes for awarding grades will occur. Upon publication of this guidance, it has been made clear that schools will work with exam boards to ensure students are awarded with grades based on their current performance in each subject area. It is also clear that this must be supported by evidence in each subject area.

Furthermore, this evidence will need to be retained on centre and made available to awarding exam boards for scrutiny upon request. The guidance has also been clear on the use of a range of both current and historical evidence to make holistic judgements of a student’s current grade in each subject area they are awarding in.

For more information in grading, as published by JCQ for Parents and Students please click the following link: JCQ Guidance to Parents and Students 2021

Accessibility 

Improving the physical environment of academies to enable those with disabilities to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities, and services provided.

The accessibility plan for The Wells Academy site is available to view and download below. The  Accessibility Plan has been drawn up in consultation with the Greenwood Academies Trust Board, pupils, parents, staff and Advisory Councillors of the Academy and covers the period from October 2018 - October 2021.

The Wells Academy is committed to providing a fully accessible environment that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents, and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance, and inclusion.

CLICK HERE FOR the accessibility plan

SEND Report and FAQs

At The Wells Academy we strive to achieve the highest standards to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We promote an inclusive educational environment in which we support and encourage all pupils to reach their potential.
Quality teaching is vital; however, for some children, there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets. In order to do this, steps may be taken to support young people through their learning journey.

The Wells Academy works closely with the Local Authority in Nottingham in order to support our learners who are identified to have a need within the four areas of SEND, as identified by the DfE (SEN CoP 2014), download the document below for examples of support that may be available to pupils with additional needs, and further SEND information. 

Timeline:

Wells Approach to Holistic Decision Making

At the Wells Academy we have sought to ensure that we give students the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities in each subject area, whilst retaining fairness, avoiding bias and being inclusive to all students. As a consequence, our approach is:

  1. Speak to experts in each subject and determine the content that will be used to base decisions on, this includes previous work and new assessment opportunities.
  2. Access exam board materials to ensure robust and fair assessments are in place.
  3. Publish our assessment schedule to students and parents in advance of assessments.
  4. Publish the selection of assessment evidence to students and parents in advance of grading decisions.
  5. Provide regular communication to students, parents and teachers about the CAG process.
  6. Provide training and CPD to members of staff to support them in the CAG process.
  7. Ensure access arrangements are in place for formal assessments for students.
  8. Ensure a process available to highlight and action special considerations.
  9. Ensure that standardisation occurs for assessment and for holistic grading decisions.
  10. Ensuring that holistic grading occurs for each student based on the evidence.
  11. Ensuring CAG submission occurs.
  12. Ensuring the Head of Centre reviews grading decisions.
  13. Communicating and conducting GCSE results day.
  14. Communicating and running a full appeals process.

 

Wells 2021 Centre Assessed Grades- Evidence Base

As part of this process we have identified with each subject the areas of evidence that will be considered when making holistic grading decisions for pupils.

Considerations included:

  • The breadth of curriculum covered in each curriculum area.
  • The disruption caused to taught curriculum by Covid-19.
  • The range of assessment objectives that evidence could reasonably be assessed in each subject area.

We have communicated this with students in an assembly over teams, and have issued a letter to parents outlining this. The outline for this is as follows:

GCSE Subject Evidence:

Subject:

Previous Evidence:

New Evidence:

Biology

November 2020 Paper 1 PPE’s.

Examinations based on:

  • Cell biology and organisation.
  • Homeostasis and response.

Chemistry

November 2020 Paper 1 PPE’s.

Examinations based on:

  • Atomic structure and periodic table.
  • Chemical analysis and using resources.

Combined Science

November 2020 Paper 1 PPE’s.

Examinations based on:

  • Cell biology and organisation.
  • Homeostasis and response.
  • Atomic structure and periodic table.
  • Chemical analysis and using resources.
  • Particle model of matter and atomic structure.
  • Waves.

English Language

PPE data trackers, November 2020 PPE’s.

Examinations based on:

  • Paper 1- PPE.
  • Paper 2- PPE.

English Literature

PPE data trackers, November 2020 PPE’s.

Examinations based on:

  • ‘A Christmas Carol’.
  • ‘An Inspector Calls’.
  • ‘Romeo and Juliette’.
  • ‘ Unseen Poetry’.

French

November 2020 PPE’s. End of unit assessment tracker.

Examinations based on:

French writing:

  • End of unit assessment- Theme 3.
  • Theme 1.

French reading:

  • Theme 1.

French listening:

  • Theme 1.

Geography

November 2020 PPE’s. End of unit assessment tracker.

Examinations based on:

Unit 1 Physical environments:

  • Rivers and Coasts.
  • Ecosystems/Rainforests.

Unit 2 Human Environment:

  • Urban Issues and Challenges.
  • The Changing Economic World.

History

November 2020 Paper 1 and Paper 2 PPE. History tracker EoY 10 and EoY 9 assessments.

Examinations based on:

Paper 3

  • Topic 1 and 2- Weimer Germany.
  • Topic 3 and 4- Nazi Germany.

Paper 2

  • Topic 1 and 2- Super Powers and the Cold War.

 

Mathematics

November 2020 PPE’s.

Examinations based on:

  • Number (Non-calculator).
  • Algebra (Non-calculator).
  • Number and Geometry (Foundation only).
  • Algebra and Geometry (Higher only).
  • Ratio and Proportion.
  • Probability and Statistics.

Physics

November 2020 Paper 1 PPE’s.

Examinations based on:

  • Particle model of matter and atomic structure.
  • Waves.

Religious Education

November 2020 PPE’s and subject end of unit assessment tracker.

Examinations based on:

  • Section 4 Christianity.
  • Section 1 Christianity.
  • Section 2 Islam.

Spanish

November 2020 PPE’s and subject end of unit assessment tracker.

Examinations based on:

Writing:

  • Theme 1.
  • Theme 2.

Reading:

  • Theme 2.

Listening:

  • Theme 2.

 

Vocational Subject Evidence:

Subject:

Previous Evidence:

New Evidence:

Art

Sketch book work. Art folder work.

NEA based on:

  • ‘Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales’ -AO1, AO2 and AO3
  • ‘Anatomy’- AO1, AO2 and AO3

Creative iMedia

RO82 and RO88  work.

NEA based on:

  • Components of Unit RO87.

Enterprise

RO65 work.

NEA based on:

  • Components of Unit RO65.

Graphic Design

Unit 1 and Unit 2 banked grade.

NEA based on:

  • Unit 3.

Health & Social Care

Component 1 banked grades.

NEA based on:

  • Component 2.

Examination based on:

  • Component 3.

Hospitality & Catering

Unit 1 banked grade.

NEA based on:

  • Component 1.

Performing Arts

Component 2 banked grade.

NEA based on:

  • Component 1 externally verified.

Examination based on:

  • Component 3.

Photography

Sketch book work, Photography folder work. Photoshoots related to Alive theme. Photoshoots of Toys and Figures.

NEA based on:

  • ‘Alive’ - AO1, AO2 and AO3
  • ‘Strange and Distorted’ - AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Sport

RO42 and RO44 banked grades.

NEA based on:

  • RO45.

To support students’ preparations for new assessments we have published the following assessment schedule.

Timetable for Year 11 2021 CAGs

 

W2

W3

W4

W5

W6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

26th April

3rd May

10th May

17th May

24th May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science,                                 Chemical Analysis and using resources

English Language,                Paper 2, 1 hour 45 mins.

Mathematics-                                  Higher Paper- Algebra and Geometry.

 

Mathematics-                                  Foundation Paper- Number and Geometry.

Tuesday

27th April

4th May

11th May

18th May

25th May

English Literature,  Christmas Carol, 45 mins.

English Literature,  Romeo and Julliette, 45 mins.

History-                             Topic 1 and 2- Super Powers and the Cold War- Paper 2

English Language,                Paper 1, 1 hour 45 mins.

French Listening-                              Theme 1

Science,                                 Cell Biology and Organisation.

Geography A                       Unit 1- Physical- Ecosystems and Rainforests.

 

Geography A                        Unit 2- Human- Urban Issues and challenges.

Spanish Listening-                              11A Theme 2

French writing-                  My studies and life after work.

 

 

Geography A                        Unit 2- Human- The Changing Economic World

Spanish-                            11A Theme 2

 History-

Crime and Punishment- Paper 1

Wednesday

28th April

5th May

12th May

19th May

26th May

Spanish-                            11E Theme 2

RE-                                                    Section 4 Christianity.

RE-                                                    Section 1 Christianity.

Geography E                       Unit 2- Human- Urban Issues and challenges.

Spanish Listening-                              11E Theme 2

 

Geography E                       Unit 1- Physical- Ecosystems and Rainforests.

 

 

Geography E                       Unit 2- Human- The Changing Economic World

 

 

 

 

RE-                                                    Section 2 Islam.

Thursday

29th April

6th May

13th May

20th May

27th May

English Literature,             An inspector Calls, 45 mins.

History-                             Topic 3 and 4- Nazi Germany

 

French Reading-                              Theme 1

Spanish Writing-                              11A Theme 1

French writing-                               End of unit 3 assessment.

 

Spanish Reading-                              11A Theme 2

French Writing-                              Theme 1

Geography A                        Unit 1- Physical- Rivers and Coasts

 

Science,                                 Waves

History-                             Topic 1 and 2- Weimer Germany

 

Friday

30th April

7th May

14th May

21st May

28th May

 

Science,                                 Homeostasis and Response.

English Literature,             Unseen poetry, 45 mins.

 

Science,                                 Particle model of matter and atomic structure.

Mathematics-                                  Probability and statistics

 

Mathematics-                                  Number (non-calculator)

Science,                                 Atomic structure and periodic table.

Mathematics-                                  Ratio and Proportion

Spanish Writing-                              11E Theme 1

 

Geography E                        Unit 1- Physical- Rivers and Coasts

Mathematics-                                  Algebra (non-calculator)

Spanish 11E Reading-                              Theme 2

 

 

 

 

Wells Student Declarations:

As part of the centre assessed grading process students have been provided with regular updates and have had a series of assemblies about the centre assessed grade process.

As part of this students have been asked to complete the student declaration form- a copy of which can be found: HERE

Using this form student have had an opportunity to raise any concerns about the subject evidence base. All concerns raised will be responded to.

Special Considerations:

What are Special Considerations:

Special consideration is a post-examination adjustment to a candidate’s mark or grade. This is to reflect temporary illness, temporary injury or some other event outside of the candidate’s control at the time of the assessment. It is applied when the issue or event has had, or is reasonably likely to have had, a material effect on a candidate’s ability to take an assessment or demonstrate his or her normal level of attainment in an assessment.

 

When Should I Apply For Special Considerations:

Candidates will be eligible for consideration for special consideration if :

  • Temporary illness or accident/injury at the time of the assessment; 
  • Bereavement at the time of the assessment;
  • Domestic crisis arising at the time of the assessment;
  • Serious disturbance during an examination, particularly where recorded material is being used;
  • Accidental events at the time of the assessment such as being given the wrong examination paper, being given a defective examination paper or CD, failure of practical equipment, failure of materials to arrive on time;
  • Participation in sporting events, training camps or other events at an international level at the time of the assessment,
  • Failure by the centre to implement previously approved access arrangements for that specific examination series.

How Do I Apply For Special Considerations?

If you believe you might be eligible for special considerations please apply using the relevant link below. Please be aware that special considerations will need to be made by the deadline stated below:

Apply for Special Considerations for Assessments From 26th April to 14th May- Here – Deadline for application Friday 21st May

Apply for Special Considerations for Assessments From 17th May to 21st May- Here – Deadline for application Friday 28th May

Apply for Special Considerations for Assessments From 24th May to 28th May- Here – Deadline for application Friday 4th June

Please be aware that any applications for Special Considerations can be taken after the deadlines above.

Centre Assessed Grade Policies:

The Wells Academy Centre Policy

The Wells Academy Centre Policy Summary

The Wells Academy NCFE Teacher Assessed Grading Strategy Form

Other Information That We Will Publish:

We are in the process of finalising our approaches to results day information and the appeals process. We will publish more information here about these processes in due course.

Other Useful Links:

For details on the Consultation outcomes from Ofqual please click on the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-how-gcse-as-and-a-level-grades-should-be-awarded-in-summer-2021

For an infographic summary on how A levels, AS levels and GCSEs will be awarded please click on the link below:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/964613/Infographic_-_how_GCSEs__AS_and_A_levels_will_be_awarded_in_summer_2021.pdf

For an infographic summary on how vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs), including BTECs will be awarded please click on the link below:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/964614/Infographic_-_how_vocational_and_technical_qualifications_will_be_awarded_in_2021.pdf