Parent Letter – Year 11 and 13 Exams
8th January 2021
I hope that you and your families remain in good health and are managing to adjust to the change to remote learning.
Year 11 & 13 Exams
You will be aware by now of the Government announcement that GCSE and A level examinations have been cancelled this year. Centre Assessed Grades will be awarded instead. We do not yet know how these grades will be generated, but as soon as guidance is released to schools we will let you know. Whatever the system is, it is of paramount importance that students continue to learn and complete their courses. We are continuing to run a full timetable of ‘live lessons’ remotely and our high expectations and pace remain the same as before the announcement. Students will still need to demonstrate their mastery of the knowledge and skills in each subject through assessments, most likely trial exams. All GCSE subjects are designed to prepare students for Post 16 study, and A-level content designed to prepare students for University. Despite exams being cancelled the principle remains the same. It’s about learning!
The decision to run vocational exams in February (some Year 11 students were due to sit exams in Health and Social Care or Business Studies in early February) has been left to schools. Without clear knowledge of the process for Centre Assessed Grades in the summer we feel it would not be in the students’ best interests to run these exams now, especially given the lack of face to face preparation time they would have with teachers. We hope that you agree with this decision and will continue to trust us to make the best decisions for your child. Over the next few days teachers will be discussing this with students and planning the way forward for the rest of the school year.
On our planned ‘Showcase Day’ on 3rd February, where we normally stop lessons and have parents on site to meet with teachers, a full timetable of live lessons will run for students in Year 11 and 13 to ensure they do not miss any learning. However, we will also host a number of ‘Zoom’ Parents events at different times during the day, where we will explain what we know about the process for Centre Assessed Grades. We hope by then that some more detailed guidance will have been released by Ofqal and the DFE. There will also be an opportunity for parents to ask any questions they may have. Remote Education – The Virtual School Our virtual school is now up and running for all year groups. Year 11 & 13 students have a full programme of ‘live lessons’ every day and assignments will also be set. All the information and links you need can be found at https://www.barrshill.coventry.sch.uk/virtual-school/ including a personalised timetable for your child. If your child is struggling to access remote learning please contact your child’s Hub Director. We have bought a small number of laptops that we are happy to loan out to families and we will of course be available to help with any technical issues if we can.
The school site remains open for vulnerable students and children of critical key workers. If your child is eligible for a place as a vulnerable student we will contact you directly and we would encourage them to take up the place so we can support their learning. If you would like to request a place for your child as a key worker or are unsure if your child is eligible, please contact your child’s Hub.
If you have any issues, queries or questions about the virtual school or provision on site for
vulnerable students and the children of key workers please contact your child’s Hub in the first
A reminder that we will continue to do everything we possibly can to help anyone in our school community. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please do contact us. If we can help, we will.
Mr C Jupp