January 2022 Mock Examinations

Mock examinations will start on Wednesday 5th January 2022 and will end on Friday 4th February 2022. Students will receive:

  • Personalised Mock Exam Timetable (including candidate numbers) Overview timeable available here.
  • Data Protection Notice (Please ensure your child’s name is on the form and returned back to school by Tuesday 14th December 2021 to enable school to apply for access arrangements) Direct download here
  • Version 1 of our Examination Booklet for Students & Parents/Carers. Please take the time to read and go through the examination information booklet with your child, this goes through JCQ’s rules and regulations which students need to adhere to throughout all examinations. Final Version 2 will be available from March 2022 prior to live examination starting.

The personalised timetable shows what mock examinations your child is sitting and when they will take place. Your child must report to the designated room at least 10 minutes prior to the exam starting.

We would encourage you & your child to speak with the subject teacher and form tutor to arrange any revision material you may require for the mock exams. Exam board syllabus and past papers can be found on the Awarding Bodies website using the qualification number code on your timetable. Please see Awarding Body websites:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

GCSE Revision & support for examinations is available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3

Revision guides for GCSE can also be purchased from most major book retailers.

It is imperative that you arrive on time and attend school on your mock exam designated day. We fully appreciate that National Express Accessible Transport who transport the pupils to and from school have had issues getting to school on time, if buses are going to be late, guides will contact the office so we can make appropriate arrangements.

Information for Candidates

Version 1 of the Candidate Handbook 2021/22

Information from JCQ

Information from Ofqual

Exam Contingency Plans for Summer 2022

The government has made it clear that students entering GCSE in Summer 2022 should expect to take exams and complete non-examination assessments in the usual way throughout the year. Although the government has confirmed that exams will be going ahead, they have asked schools to have a contingency plan in place for the unlikely event that exams have to be cancelled because of the pandemic. If this is the case in Summer 2022, students’ grades would instead be determined by their teachers using a Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) approach similar to those used in Summer 2021. TAGs are based on teachers’ assessments of the students work.

We have been advised that students taking GCSEs should be assessed under exam-like conditions wherever possible and we will be using TAG assessments in the upcoming mock exams that will take place in January. Student performance in these TAG Assessments, along side assessments taken later in the academic year, may be used to determine students’ grades in the event that exams may have to be cancelled again because of the pandemic. To give students the best opportunity to succeed, it is essential that all students attend and complete all Mock Examinations & TAG Assessments to the best of their ability as if they were real examinations.

Teachers are already working hard with students to support their preparation for these TAG assessments and Mock examinations and will be assessed on a wide range of taught content. Teachers will also inform students of the subject content that will be covered by the assessment to aid their preparation in lessons.

As the TAG assessment may be used to generate a students’ grade, any student that attempts to gain unfair advantage during the centres delivery of assessments (for example, being in possession of a mobile phone, submitting fabricated evidence or plagiarised work) would constitute malpractice and centres must report these to the appropriate awarding organisations.

Students will be provided feedback including marks and comments following completion of the TAG assessments. It should be noted that any grade used to indicate the level at which the student has performed is not a TAG. It is also not possible for teachers to determine a TAG unless we receive specific notification from the government that exams are cancelled. Students and parents should also be made aware at this point that, students will not be able to re-sit any mocks or TAG assessment to improve their marks/grade should these papers be required to calculate a TAG and be used and submitted to the awarding organisation as evidence in the event that exams may be cancelled.

If you have any examination queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on the below school number. For all subject specific exam queries please either contact the school and leave a message for the teacher who will get back to you outside of lesson times or alternatively you may message your child’s form tutor with your subject specific queries on Weduc.

Revision

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3

Information for parents & students on reformed examinations.