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Bullers Wood School
Core Subject Evening
A Guide for Parents and Students
Tuesday 9th October 2012
Core Subject Evening
• Your daughter has been selected to take one or more of the following:
– Early Entry Maths Paper I & Paper II (November 2012)
– Early Entry English/English Language Unit 1 Exam (January 2013)
– Re-sit Science (January 2013)
• The purpose of the evening is to explain our rationale behind this
decision and to give you information regarding the examinations.
• We would also like to guide you in supporting your daughter at home
and provide you with the opportunity to speak directly to subject
• The evening will commence with a talk in the Hall for English students
then we would like to give you the opportunity to talk to the Maths
and Science teams, so we will be separating into those groups later on.
• We hope that you use this evening as a chance to speak to the subject
leaders and teachers available and to ask any questions that you may
have regarding your daughter’s education.
Why is Attendance
so high profile?
Every school day counts towards your
daughter's future. Days off school add up
to lost learning.
Research has shown that ‘Students
who attend school on a regular basis and are
offered access to high-quality teaching and
learning opportunities will usually leave school
with qualifications and access to greater
employment opportunities. The links between
attendance and achievement are strong, and
high levels of attendance at school should be
the right of each student.’
(National Strategies 2009)
In total there are 175
non-school days a year.
This gives families the opportunity to:
• Spend time together
• Go on family visits
• Go on holiday
• Go shopping
• Go on days out
• Attend routine appointments
Holidays in term time
Many parents and carers think it's okay to go on
holiday during term time, but this has a negative
effect on their children's learning and ability to
achieve. If your child goes on holiday during
term time, they are absent.
Percentage Attendance
½ day
1 day
1 ½ days
2 days
Children with over 90% attendance at school
are more likely to gain 5 or more A-C GSCEs or
equivalent qualifications.
Children with less then 85% attendance at
school are unlikely to gain 5 A-C GCSEs or any
Potential Earnings
Job 1 - Job 2 £120
Job 3 £160
Job 4 £170
Job 5 £200
GCSE Grades = £’s
Pupils leaving with 5A’s at GCSE, over
a lifetime, will earn £350,000 more
than those leaving with 5C’s.
High Attendance =
More learning opportunities
More qualifications
More choice
Attendance is the key to success
• If students are not in school they are not learning
• Students must attend all examinations
• Students must attend all lessons and after school
sessions in order to be successful
English Early Entry
Ms Heaney
•Set 3
•Set 4
•Set 5
Examination Structure
Section A: Reading 1hr 15mins
Read 3 non-fiction texts
Answer questions about the texts
Section B: Writing 1 hr
Write 2 pieces
1 inform, explain, describe
1 persuade, argue
Reading Questions
Higher paper example:
• Section A Reading (16 mark question)
Q - You are going to compare two texts, one of which you have chosen.
Compare the ways in which language is used for effect in the two
texts. Give some examples and analyse what the effects are.
Foundation paper example:
• Section A Reading (12 mark question)
Q - How does the writer use language features to inform the reader
about his trip and to describe his experiences?
Remember to –
• Give some examples of language features to inform
• Give some examples of language features to describe
• Explain the effects
Higher Paper Example
• Section B Writing (24 mark question)
It has been said that; “people who save lives or help to improve the
lives of others are the role models of today”.
• Write an article for a newspaper in which you argue your view
about what makes a good role model.
Foundation Paper Example
• Section B Writing (24 mark question)
Q - Write a letter to a well-known person persuading them to visit your
school or college for the benefit of the students.
Remember to –
• Write a letter
• Use language to persuade
In the run-up to the exam...
11th Dec = After-school sessions start
5th Jan = Saturday school
9th Jan = Periods 5&6
10th Jan = Breakfast session in DALO 8am
Key Date & Information:
• Examination: 10th January 2013
Breakfast revision in the Dalo @ 8am
All students in the Hall @ 8.45am
Exam starts @9am
• Equipment:
2 black pens
Clear pencil case
Water bottle with label removed
Mrs May L10 Office
[email protected]
We will now go to Maths and Science
Maths - L6
Science - Dalo
SAM learning – L4
Early entry 2012 - 2013
In 2011, Sets 5 and 6
were entered for the
November papers for
GCSE maths (early
49 out of 51 students achieved a grade C.
Of these 49 continued to study Maths and
were entered for the Higher tier in the
summer. The final results for sets 5 and 6
were impressive –
Grade A - 9, Grade B – 23 , Grade C - 19
This year, we entered set 5 for the exam
in June of Year 10. They all achieved a grade C.
If your daughter is in Mr Grady’s set 6
she has been entered for the November
examinations this year.
When are the exams?
Paper 1 - Non-calculator paper
Tuesday 6 November (morning)
Paper 2 - Calculator paper
Thursday 8 November (afternoon)
How is Mr. Grady helping your daughter to
prepare for these exams?
• Practice papers –marked regularly and
discussed with students
• After school revision sessions – on Tuesdays
every week
• Revision materials have been ordered
Guides and workbooks
Mathswatch CDs
How can you help your daughter to prepare for
these important exams?
• Make sure they have access to the appropriate revision materials
– and encourage them to use them regularly
• Encourage them look up the things they don’t know and ask their
teacher for individual help
• Ensure that they are completing the practice papers to the best
of their ability – and handing them in on time
• Check their contact books to ensure that they are completing the
whole paper
• Make sure that they attend all the revision sessions provided for
What other resources are available?
There are numerous revision websites
available (see booklet) but especially:
What else is being provided?
All students are having targeted extra maths
sessions during form time on a certain day each
Additional revision sessions will be held for all
students in set 6 immediately prior to the exams –
•on the afternoon of Monday 5 November
•in the morning of Thursday 8 November.
• The Mathswatch CD is an excellent revision
resource that students can use at home
The Maths area of school VLE has other resources
specifically targeting D to C grade work
C if U can!
How do you know how well your daughter is
You should have received individual details
outlining your daughter’s achievement on the
practice papers she has completed so far this
How will you know how well your
daughter is progressing?
In addition, students in set 6 have
recently completed Mock GCSE
Maths exams.
The results of these will give you an up-to-date
picture of your daughter’s achievement in
Maths in terms of a current GCSE grade. These
results are also on the individual record sheet
that you have received tonight.
Is there anything else can you do to
support your daughter?
Ensure that she uses the
results of her mock and
practice papers to focus
her revision over the
coming weeks.
Please make sure she
has access to all the
available resources
including her own
Some of these resources are available to buy tonight.
SAM learning
• If you would like to try out
SAM learning please go to
AQA Science A re-sits
Exam dates
• 9th January 2013 - Biology
• 14th January 2013 – Chemistry
• 17th January 2013 – Physics
50% rule
ISA dates
• If you are redoing your ISA this will be
completed during school lessons next halfterm and finished at an after school session on
14th November.
After school revision Club
• Starts on Tuesday 2nd October 2012
• You can get individual teacher help and
support and guidance.
• Attendance is compulsory.
• After half-term
ISA dates
Monday 5th November
5 and 6
Tuesday 6th November
3 and 4
Monday 12th November
5 and 6
Tuesday 13th November
3 and 4
Wednesday 14th November
After school 50 minutes
• Key resources are the revision guides and
your class notes.
• Past papers which can be found by using
Google and typing in “AQA Science A” try and
do one past paper at home per week and
bring it to your teacher Mrs Gwyn on Tuesday
in H3 if you have any queries.
• SAM learning.
• BBC Bitesize.
• Make sure you attend the after school revision
sessions - Tuesday after school
• Use SAM learning and Bitesize regularly at
• Do one exam past paper per week for the
exams you are taking.
• The best revision guide to buy is the AQA
Science guide from school.
• Timetable, make yourself a revision timetable
adding in dates of exams and revision times.
SAM learning
• If you would like to try out
SAM learning please go to