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An outstanding academy
Ambition and Aspiration and Reality
Aspiration: Year 11
Focus – time and energy
 A belief in what you are doing NOW will
make a difference to current and future
 Responsibility – “your name on your
 Commitment to yourself and what you
are working towards
 Opportunities need to be seized
Lampton Ethos
Basic Equipment
Attitude in lessons
Managing Distractions
28 Weeks
Some stress is good
Examination success
Test/exam scores are an
important measure of
 Selection for progression
to further study or a job
 Only 20% of low achievers
go on to further education
and training
 High grades at GCSE are
an essential requirement
for entry to top
Education is more
important than ever in the
labour market – a global
 Exam results are a good
proxy for people’s ability
to participate effectively in
 Achieving grades A*-C will
be tougher – grade
boundary changes
 This year SPG (spelling,
punctuation and grammar)
– 5% marks in English and
humanities subjects
Examination results 2013
5A*-C grades
10A*-C grades
5A*-C grades including English and Maths
◦ 72%
a changing national picture
1. Changes in boundaries
2012 – English & Maths (& others)
Exams are ‘harder’
B is the new ‘C’
2. Changes in components
English pre - 2013
20% speaking and listening
40% writing controlled assessment
40% exam
English after November 2013
Speaking and listening removed from total
40 % writing controlled assessment
60% exam
2. Changes in components
History from November 2013
changes in allowed combinations of
controlled assessment and exams
Students need to cover more content
across controlled assessments and exams
3. Linear and first entry rule
2015 changes to A levels
AS as a separate qualification
A2 as a 2 year linear course
Reduced coursework
Two responses
English IGCSE
- S&L retained
- coursework component
- traditional and ‘stable’ exam
-Drop down days for ISAs (practicals)
Y10 formal exam practice
Y11 mock exams
Further mocks in
Additional reading
Snowball theory of learning!
Not an optional extra but an essential
part of your course
Teachers use homework as a means of
content is covered
controlled assessments are prepared for
skills are developed through PRACTICE
exam technique is developed
The Challenge
‘Always fight, always look for what more could be gained.’ Fullan
Getting the job done
The importance of Maths and English
 Level 3 qualifications
 Competitive environment
 Progression routes
You can do it!! Need to work harder and
smarter. Homework time is essential.
Current climate
Competitive market
Getting the Grade
opens doors
Employers wanting students with certain
‘key skills’
Different pathways...
BTEC, NVQ and other vocational courses
Next Steps...
Be pro-active- students need to research, read books, ask
people they know, visit colleges/ universities etc...
College- if you son/daughter enjoys practical work, may not
gain all C grades at GCSE and is better at coursework this
may be an option to explore.
Apprenticeships- If you want to work and study at the
same time this may be a pathway for your son/daughter. It
generally focuses on specific areas like ICT, Construction,
Administration and Business.
A-Levels- If your son or daughter is capable of 5 A*-C
grades and wants to study A-Levels they need to start
researching and thinking about choice of A-Levels and
researching universities.
It is time for…
◦ Reflection- Have a goal- what is it that you really
want to do next year?
◦ Honesty- are you behind with any work? Are you
finding certain subjects challenging?
◦ Action- what will you do about subjects you find
hard/work you have missed?
◦ What will you do about it?
What we will be doing this term….
Targeted support for students applying for College
Support from the Higher Education Co-ordinator and myself
in understanding how to apply to top universities
A/A* workshops
University subject specific trips
Women Can Do day
Stress management workshop
Data analysis of reports -liaising with you
Next term…
Work experience de-brief and PSHE drop down day
Careers focus- continued support for students applying for
Identification of students needing support in subjectsworking with departments especially English and Maths
6th form mentoring in specific subjects
Close tracking of students in terms of their grades
Revision support- to ensure students are prepared for Mick
Coursework support- to ensure students have completed
A powerful partnership
Parents, Teachers and Students is
needed more than ever before
We want to support you at this time and help you
maximise your potential!