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

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 CDG 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. The exams are being adapted to reflect the teaching and learning challenges you and they have faced.

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 in KS4 and to achieve their Post-16 goals.
  2. Focus on raising outcomes by concentrating on improving the performance of targeted underachieving students in specific subjects. Pay most attention to your largest cohort subjects that will have the biggest impact on this cohort’s outcomes and destinations at 16.
  3. Ensure teachers ‘walk’ students through past questions for each unit to build confidence (avoiding questions to be used for CDG 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.
  1. Ensure Mock / CDG assessments identify individual and collective learning gaps (skills / knowledge) so that these can be addressed, re-assessed, and closed before the summer.

In Connect:

  • Discuss with Heads of Department and teachers which students on their course have the potential to improve their mock / predicted grades / CDG assessments.
  • Use the ‘What-if’ tool in Connect Interactive to demonstrate 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 A*-A, A*-B & A*-C. We recommend a sharp focus on the predicted grades of students with higher WNT scores. Use our PA comparison tool to check this out.
  • 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?

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