Maximising Achievement with Y11 in the final 10+ weeks before the 2022 examinations in England

18th February 2022

A companion piece to our Alps webinar. 

At Alps, we are aware you are facing significant challenges in 2022.

  • Your students last year of schooling unaffected by the pandemic was Year 8 in 2018-19.
  • Their KS4 has been significantly disrupted in the pandemic, however well you have managed online / remote learning, whether you run a two or three-year KS4.
  • The pandemic is far from over with the spread of the Omicron variant.
  • They are probably going to be assessed by examinations in 2022.
  • But you also must assess them to have contingency TAGs’ evidence if required.

Despite these challenges two things are in their and your favour in 2021-22:

  1. Results in 2022 are not being pulled back to 2017-19 comparable outcomes’ standards.

  1. By no later than 7th February you will know the ‘focus of the content’ for the A Level exams.

We are here to support you with our Five Top Tips and Connect.

  1. Use Connect to ensure you are on top of the subjects, sets, student groups and students who need support to maximise their potential and to achieve their Post-16 goals.
  2. Focus on raising outcomes by concentrating on improving the performance of underachieving students in specific subjects. Focus most on Maths, both English qualifications and all Science qualifications as they have the biggest impact on this cohort’s outcomes and destinations (and your accountability measures).
  3. Once the ‘focus of content’ is known, ensure teachers ‘walk’ students through past questions for each unit to build confidence (avoiding questions to be used for TAG assessment).
  4. Ask HODs to run department meetings based on:
    1. Past papers and mark schemes
    2. Command words
    3. Exam reports – identifying those ‘silver bullets’ that will improve grades
    4. Share this invaluable information with your students.
  5. Ensure Mock / TAG assessments identify individual and collective learning gaps (skills / knowledge) so that these can be addressed, re-assessed, and closed before the summer.

In Connect:

  • Check your accountability measures based on in-year tracking data in our new Performance Measures area.
  • Discuss with Heads of Department and teachers which students on their course have the potential to improve their mock / predicted grades / TAG assessments.
  • Use the ‘What-if’ tool in Connect to see the impact on subject VA of those students achieving a higher grade.
  • Use our comparison and filter tools to understand how the student groups in each subject or set are predicted to perform in terms of disadvantage, gender, ethnicity, and PA.
  • Grades in 2020 and 2021 went up more at the 9-4 and 9-5 grade thresholds. Ensure you are on top of marginal students at these thresholds. Check out our English/Maths Level 5+ tool in the Student zone.
  • Use our Monitoring Accuracy tools to identify:
    • which subjects predicted most accurately in 2019
    • which subjects are predicting outcomes most different the previous monitoring grade-point or are predicting much higher outcomes than mock results?
  • Identify students who are underachieving in a range of subjects for holistic intervention?

If you need support from Alps, do not hesitate to be in touch at [email protected]

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