Important information for students, parents and carers
The government have announced that GCSE exams in 2022 are likely to go ahead next summer with adjustments made to individual subjects to counter the impact of the pandemic. Please click here to access a letter to students from the chair of Ofqual about next summer’s GCSE exam arrangements. Below is a summary of some of the adjustments made to GCSE exams;
- In English Literature and History there will be a “choice of topics beyond a common core on which students would answer questions in the exams.” In Geography, there will be a “choice of content beyond a common core on which students would answer questions in the exams”.
- In all other subjects, students will be given advance information of some of the topics that will come up on the summer exams.
- In Maths, Physics and Combined Science students will be allowed a formulae sheet in the exam.
- In Art and Photography, you will be assessed entirely on your coursework, not by an exam.
Your subject teachers will explain what this will mean for each of your subjects. You can also find more information on the 2022 changes to exams and changes to non-exam assessments on the OFQUAL website.
The results day for Year 11 will be 25th August 2022.
Contingency Plan for 2022 Exams
Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs)
If the 2022 exams cannot go ahead due to further Covid disruption, grades will instead be determined by teachers, using a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) approach. Below is a summary of the important information released by Ofqual;
- Students will be told in advance which assessments count towards their Teacher Assessed Grade (e.g PPE exams).
- The Government have advised that students have 3 assessment windows or sets of PPE exams: Second half of autumn term, spring term and first half of summer term. These exams do not need to be in the hall but access arrangements must be applied. We have already planned for our Year 11 students to sit their PPEs in the hall as they require all students to be assessed under formal exam conditions at the same time.
- PPE Block A: 6th -14th December 2021
- PPE Block B: 28th February – 4th March 2022
- PPE Block C: Published only if exams are cancelled
- These assessment windows will provide teachers with robust evidence, which they will use to grade each student.
- For GCSE Maths and Science students will have access to formulae sheets in their exams.
- PPE exam papers and in class assessments must be kept as evidence in school after being marked and shown to students.
- Students must not know the questions in the PPE exams or assessments beforehand, but subject teachers will give students an indicator of what content will appear in the assessments.
- If students miss their PPE exams they cannot resit the same paper at a later date.
Please click here for details on the full contingency arrangements if GCSE exams do not go ahead in 2022.
Subjects are offering additional Lesson 6 intervention sessions to support our students. Year 11s are encouraged to attend these sessions and may in some cases, be directed to attend. Whilst the additional classes will help, they are not a replacement for independent study at home. Students have full access to a wealth of on-line support materials, most notably GCSE Pod and Seneca. Through hard work and focused study your child really can succeed. It is crucial for parents and carers to encourage their child to formulate strong study habits at home to help them prepare for these exams.
Whilst we will do everything we can to support your child in school; ultimately, their success is a measure of their own hard work and commitment.