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1 STAMFORD SCHOOL September 2014 YEAR 10 GCSE HANDBOOK Foundations for Success For boys and girls, day and boarding w. ses.lincs.sch.uk Registered Charity No:

2 Introduction to GCSEs & IGCSEs Course Structure Courses are now all linear with terminal assessment (all exams at the end of Year 11). Details of all courses can be seen on the Summary Sheet and Assessment Map. Boys work towards GCSE or IGCSE qualifications in their subjects. The lack of module exams now means that boys must hit the ground running from the start of Year 10. There is no getting away from the fact that sitting all exams at the end of Year 11 will be a challenge for the boys but at the same time removing the distraction of modules and re-sits also presents an opportunity for the boys to focus fully on their courses for all of Year 10 and Year 11 and be well placed to face their exams in Summer Controlled Assessment is another feature of many GCSE courses; this is the work that students complete during their courses that contributes to their final grade. The Summary Sheet indicates the percentage contribution Controlled Assessment makes to each subject. It is essential that boys work extremely hard to secure these marks, by doing so the pressure can be eased in the final written exams. GCSE Terminology Linear GCSE. All GCSEs / IGCSEs are assessed at the end of Year 11 (terminal assessment). Controlled Assessment. Controlled Assessments have replaced GCSE coursework. They are designed to measure skills that are not effectively judged by external assessment. Once again the pattern on controlled assessments is outlined in the Module and Controlled Assessment Map. UMS This stands for Uniform Mark Scale. The Uniform Mark Scale is used to convert candidates raw marks into uniform marks. This is done in order to standardise marks from year to year. For example, a candidate who just achieves a grade A will receive the same uniform marks as a candidate achieving that same level the following year, regardless of their raw marks. Certification. This is the conversion of the modular (UMS) scores into a grade at GCSE. This will occur at the end of Y11.

3 EXTRACT FROM THE BOYS PLANNERS GCSE EXPECTATIONS of PUPILS in Y10 and Y11 Stamford School is committed to helping you reach the best possible grades at GCSE. The success that you want can only be gained if you work with your teachers, all aiming at the same targets. We therefore expect you to: Set realistic, achievable, academic targets in discussion with your tutor and your subject teachers. Work out strategies to reach them. Review your progress and your strategies after each set of reports / assessments. When in lessons concentrate on learning, contribute positively, and ask for help from your teachers whenever necessary. [If you have particular difficulties you might need to seek help from your teachers outside lesson times.] Be punctual. Bring all the books and equipment that could be needed in your lessons. Be prepared to work beyond the material being covered in class. This will help you become more independent. Homework is an important part of your learning. Complete a minimum of ten hours study outside lessons each week. Work quietly at home to the best of your ability. Hand in neat, complete prep on time. Use your student-planner to record all prep and coursework deadlines. Show your parents what you are doing and get them to sign the planner once a week. As examinations approach in Y10 and Y11, revise thoroughly and practise carefully. Start your revision early. Controlled Assessment is that part of your GCSE qualification which allows you to work without examination pressure, under the direction of your teachers. Good marks in Controlled Assessment tasks should enable you to approach the final examinations with confidence. We therefore expect you to: Make sure that you know, from the start of your time working on a task, exactly what you have to do, how your work will be assessed, and what percentage of the overall GCSE is represented by the task. Work hard on your Controlled Assessment tasks; remember that your marks contribute directly to your overall GCSE grade. Listen carefully to your teachers. Take note of what they say and follow the advice they give. They are trying to help you be successful. Before handing in a piece of Controlled Assessment work, read through the complete piece as if you were marking it. Check that all points are covered and that what you have written makes sense. Hand in all work according to the published deadlines. [You can only be given an extension in special circumstances e.g. absence.]

4 GCSE Summary Sheet

5 SUBJECT WRITTEN PAPERS CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT ART & DESIGN* 40% Externally set task 60% Portfolio of work / AQA Fine Art 4202 controlled assessment CLASSICAL CIVILISATION OCR J280 75% of marks 3 written papers (1 hr each) DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY* 40% of marks 60% practical AQA written paper (2hr) DRAMA* 40% of marks 60% Practical Examination AQA written paper (1hr 30 m) Controlled Assessment internally marked, externally moderated. IGCSE First Language ENGLISH 100% of marks CIE written papers (2hr each) IGCSE Literature ENGLISH 100% of marks CIE written papers (1hr 30min each) GEOGRAPHY 75% of marks 25% controlled assessment AQA A written papers (1hr 30 min each) HISTORY 100% of marks CIE IGCSE written papers (2 x 2hr and 1 x 1hr) LATIN - Language and Literature 100% of course OCR J281 4 written papers (1 hr each) IGCSE MATHEMATICS Edexcel A 4MA0 MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES French: Edexcel IGCSE 4FR0 German: Edexcel IGCSE 4GN0 100% of marks - 2 written papers Listening (25%) Reading & Writing (50%) Separate speaking exam (25%) 100% of marks - 2 written papers Listening (30min 25%) Reading&Writing (1hr 30min - 50%) Separate speaking exam (25%) Russian: Edexcel 2RU01 Listening (50 minutes- 23%), Speaking (8-12 minutes - 27%), Reading (55 minutes - 23%), Writing (1 hour - 27%) Spanish: Edexcel IGCSE 4SP0 100% of marks - 2 written papers Listening (45min 25%) Reading&Writing (1hr 30min - 50%) Separate speaking exam (25%) MUSIC* 40% of marks 60% controlled assessment AQA written paper (1hr) PHILOSOPHY and ETHICS 100% of course OCR B J621 4 written papers (1hr each) PHYSICAL EDUCATION* 40% of course 60% controlled assessment Edexcel 2PE01 1 written paper (1hr 30m) SCIENCES IGCSE DOUBLE AWARD - Edexcel IGCSE 4SC0 1B/1C/1P Papers (2hrs each) = 100% of marks IGCSE BIOLOGY 1B Paper (2hrs % of marks) Edexcel IGCSE 4BI0 2B Paper (1hr % of marks) IGCSE CHEMISTRY 1C Paper (2hrs % of marks) Edexcel IGCSE 4CH0 2C Paper (1hr % of marks) IGCSE PHYSICS 1P Paper (2hrs % of marks) Edexcel IGCSE 4PH0 2P Paper (1hr % of marks) Or GCSE SCIENCE A - AQA B/1C/1P Papers (1hr each) = 75% of marks ISA - 25% GCSE ADDITIONAL SCIENCE - AQA written papers: worth 50% each (2hr each exam) 1B/1C/1P Papers (1hr each) = 75% of marks 25% controlled assessment ISA - 25%

6 GCSE Assessment Map Year Year SUBJECT Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term ART & DESIGN* CA CA CA CA CA CA CA CA AQA 4202 (Fine Art) Set Task Project Set Task Project CLASSICAL CIVILISATION CA OCR J280 DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY* CA CA CA CA CA AQA 4560 Exam DRAMA* CA CA CA CA CA CA CA CA AQA4242 Exam IGCSE First Language ENGLISH CIE 0500 IGCSE Literature (ENGLISH) CIE 0486 GEOGRAPHY CA CA AQA A 4032 HISTORY CIE IGCSE 0470 LATIN - Language and Literature OCR J281 IGCSE MATHEMATICS Edexcel A 4MA0 MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES French: Edexcel IGCSE 4FR0 German: Edexcel IGCSE 4GN0 Russian: Edexcel 2RU01 Spanish: Edexcel IGCSE 4SP0 MUSIC* CA CA CA CA CA AQA 4272 Exam PHILOSOPHY and ETHICS OCR B J621 PHYSICAL EDUCATION* CA CA CA CA CA CA Edexcel 2PE01 Exam SCIENCES IGCSE DOUBLE AWARD Edexcel IGCSE 4SC0 IGCSE BIOLOGY Edexcel IGCSE 4BI0 IGCSE CHEMISTRY Edexcel IGCSE 4CH0 IGCSE PHYSICS Edexcel IGCSE 4PH0 Or GCSE SCIENCE A CA CA CA AQA 4404 GCSE ADDITIONAL SCIENCE CA CA CA AQA 4408 * Practical and creative subjects will have an element of continual assesssment CA = Controlled Assessment

7 Purpose and use of planner PREP/HOMEWORK IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL At Stamford School we see prep/homework as the reinforcement by practice and revision of work done in class or the preparation of material to form the basis of another lesson. As such, it is a vital part of the educational process and not something to be taken lightly. We value the support of parents in emphasising this to boys since, in this day and age, settling down to work in the evening is not something that boys find it easy to discipline themselves to do. Boys are issued with a student planner, which as well as recording prep can be used by staff and parents to express concerns about a boy s work. Tutors will try to check and initial this on a weekly basis and we would appreciate parents doing the same. It helps all of us to identify problems at an early stage. Timings Prep is set according to a timetable published to boys at the beginning of the year. Generally a teacher will set specific work for these sessions but where this does not occur or where boys finish in less than the allotted time, revision or on-going Controlled Assessment tasks might easily fill the remainder. In Y10 and Y11 we think that 2 hour per night should represent a minimum and not a maximum as public examinations draw near. Boarding By way of comparison, in the school s boarding houses we require boys in Y10 and Y11 to do prep under supervision for 2 hours each day evening. (They have a break in the middle of the session). Prep Environment Clearly, when and where boys do prep will vary. In the case of Art or DT for instance, it may be more appropriate for them to work in school after normal school hours. Indeed the facilities are available for them to do so and arrangements are made by teachers to encourage this. Prep should always be done in conditions which will aid concentration. There is no bar to boys doing some of their prep at lunch times but we do not encourage it as we feel a break in the middle of the day is important and additionally offers the opportunity for extra-curricular activities. Prep crammed into lunch times is often rather poorly done and is not always wholly a boy s own work. Study Ethic You will be aware that the success rate of Stamford School boys in public examinations is impressive but we are determined this will not lead to complacency among pupils any more than staff. We would like to see a positive and hard-working attitude from all boys both in class and with regard to prep. Their prep work must be complete, on time, and done to the best of their ability. Good working habits established at an early stage will pay dividends as boys move up through the school and on to 6 th Form and to Higher Education.

8 Summary of Key Information Key Dates Year 10 Parents Evening Thursday 20 th November 2014 Effort Grades November 2014 and March 2015 Full Written Report - February and June 2015 Internal Exam Week - w/c 1 st June 2015 Careers testing - May 2015 Year 11 (approximate dates) Parents Evening - September 2015 and February 2016 Effort Grades September 2015 and March 2016 Full Written Report December 2015 Sixth Form Options Evening - October 2015 Sixth Form Scholarships - November 2015 Trial/Mock - January 2016 AS Options - February 2016 GCSE - May/June 2016 Results - August 2016 Exam Boards

9 Staff contact details LMS Secretary Mrs Edwards Tutors Mr Backhouse Miss Clifton Ms Harrison Mr Holdsworth Dr Smart Head of Year Mrs Steven Senior Master (Pastoral) Mr Mills Director of Studies Mr Hewlett

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