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Year 11 GCSE Information 2020

Staffordshire Virtual School is here to help and support you with any questions you may have about your education. This leaflet offers you advice about the current situation if you are in Year 11 and were due to take your GCSE’s this summer. The important thing to remember is that the government has said that you will not be disadvantaged by the extraordinary circumstances currently caused by Coronavirus (Covid-19) and school closures.

Frequently asked questions

What’s happening with GCSE exams this year?

There will not be any GCSE exams taking place in the Summer of 2020. Students due to sit their GCSE’s this summer will receive a calculated grade.

When will I find out my GCSE results?

GCSE results for summer 2020 will not be any later than they would be if exams had gone ahead as planned. It may well be, in fact, that they will be released a little earlier. No definite date has been given yet.

Can I see the calculated grade my school submits for me?

No. This calculated grade is confidential. Students, parents/ carers should not ask any teachers what their calculated grades are.

How are the calculated grades being worked out?

These grades will be based on teacher assessment. Your teachers are best placed to determine what grade you would have received had the exams gone ahead as usual. They will consider a wide range of evidence including:

  • classwork and homework
  • any participation in performance related subjects such as music, PE and drama
  • any non-exam assessment – whether or not complete
  • the results of any assignments or mock exams
  • any other records of student performance over the course of the study
  • a rank order of students within each grade.

Will the teachers award the grade I achieved in my mocks? I’m worried because I didn’t do very well in them.

First, try not to worry. Teachers know from experience that the vast majority of students do not perform as well in their mock exams as they do in the real things. As listed above, teachers have been issued with clear guidance about a range of materials to use to inform their judgement for a calculated grade.

What if I’m unhappy with my calculated grade?

Ofqual (the independent body that regulates qualifications) and exam boards are working very hard to ensure that students are awarded a fair grade that takes account of the work they’ve put in. If, after receiving this grade, you don’t think it’s a reflection of your capability, you will have some different options open to you:

  • you will be able to appeal the calculated grade awarded to you
  • you will have the opportunity to resit an exam, as soon as is practical after schools open again. Keeping up with your schoolwork and studies now means that this could be an option for you to consider.
  • as is normal practice, you will have the option to re-sit in summer 2021.
  • Staffordshire Virtual School are also working hard to support you on this and speaking to your schools to address any individual concerns. We all have your best interests at heart.

What about my plans for September?

You should still be making plans as you would under normal circumstances for September. The government has said that they will do everything they can to help you move on to the next stage of your life, whether that’s starting sixth form or college, an apprenticeship or starting employment. Take this time to think about and research what you want to do.

You will have the support of your school as things become clearer. Staffordshire Virtual School are also here to help you. Your school careers advisor and Entrust may also be able to give you careers guidance. Remember, there are many people out there to help you.

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