Exams 2021

To ensure that grades for A Levels, GCSEs, technical and vocational qualifications can be awarded fairly this year, given the disruption to students caused by the pandemic, the government has said that teachers should submit grades to the exam boards based on their knowledge and assessment of their students’ abilities.

Each assessment centre has its own policy on how this will be managed and what parameters will be used, and you can view and download ours below.

Centre policy for determining teacher assessed grades – summer 2021

You can read the full guidance on the Ofqual website or download the document below.

Ofqual student guide to awarding in summer 2021

For any further information, our Exams Officer is Mrs Footitt, who can be reached on 01777 870001 extension 529 or at sfootitt@tuxford-ac.org.uk.

Revision tips

Planning your revision

Effective revision starts with effective planning. Not only does having a plan make you feel organised and get rid of some of the pre-exam nerves, it ensures you’re using your time wisely. The video below explains some excellent ways of planning your revision, although you will need to create your own plan that works for you.

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03ntp1w

Mind maps

Mind maps can help you focus on the links and relationships between ideas so you don’t just have disconnected facts. They can be personalised with pictures and symbols to make things more memorable. They are also useful tools for condensing lots of information – e.g. a whole topic into one mind map poster. See the BBC Bitesize video below for some great tips on creating an effective mind map.

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04xnxxt

Using sound

A great way to enhance your learning is by using sound. Try recording yourself reading your notes, and listen back to it.  You can also try creating songs or words from your notes, which can help you to retain information. Take a look at the BBC Bitesize video below for some more great tips on sound-based revision.

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04xnz1f

Study support groups

We run subject-specific study groups and career groups throughout the year, with at least one session per day. We encourage all year 11 students to attend these support sessions as and when they need to, as they can receive extra help with tricky areas and share ideas with staff and their peers.