Year 11 - Summer Public Examinations Update
As you may be aware, the Department for Education recently published further guidance concerning public examinations in the summer of 2022 which has been widely discussed in the press. In light of this, we wanted to update you on what this means for those members of the Princethorpe community completing GCSE courses this academic year.
Most importantly, it is clear that the government is both keen for examinations to go ahead and very much expecting that this will indeed be the case. As we will continue to remind our pupils, it is essential that they work in the expectation that they will sit full exams in the summer.
In order to reflect the disruption to their education that pupils have experienced, awarding bodies have also been directed to make adjustments to some aspects of the summer assessments, either by reducing the content covered or by providing advance notice of the focus of the content being examined. Precise details are expected to be published by Monday 7 February 2022, as this information is released, each individual department will make sure that pupils are fully aware of how this should affect their own revision and preparation.
In in the highly unlikely event that public examinations are cancelled once again next summer, the contingency arrangements would be a similar method of teacher assessed grades (TAGs) to that used last year.
In which case the two sets of mock examinations scheduled for Year 11 in January and February 2022 would provide key evidence for the TAGs. If summer examinations were to be cancelled, an additional internal assessments window could then be arranged, as was done last year.
The mocks will continue to serve their primary purpose of supporting pupil preparation for the summer. We are mindful of the fact that they could form part of a grading decision in the unlikely event that examinations are cancelled but our advice to pupils is to view them as a learning experience, requiring thorough preparation but also providing guidance of how to improve in the future. Teachers will be giving plenty of guidance to pupils as to how best to prepare for the mocks and how to use the Christmas holiday wisely in this regard.
We have already shared this information with the Year 11s and we hope that this summary is helpful for you to understand the current situation so that we can work together to support pupils to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic of the last 20 months or so, Princethorpe pupils are in a strong position as they move towards their exams and the past two years’ exam results highlight that our staff have a great track record of supporting our pupils.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions or concerns.
Headmaster Assistant Head, Director of Studies