Exams and Revision

February Revision – Year 11 (and Year 10 MFL) 

Revision of topics and activities for pupils taking examinations this year, should be completed during the February half-term break. Please click here to view our suggested revision guide.

Exams 2020/2021

Under usual circumstances you would be able to download the exam calendar and Pre Public Exams (PPEs) schedule, however, this year the position of the Department for Education and Ofqual is still unclear.  We will be sharing the information and guidance on the Summer exam series as soon as this is made clear.

Examination Boards

Please find links to the exam boards that we use. All the Examination Boards publish both syllabuses and past examinations papers. If you have any exam queries please do not hesitate to contact our Examinations Officer via s.kabhari@stratfordschoolacademy.org. Alternatively please contact the relevant Head of Department

For more details about the different GCSE or equivalent qualifications covered at Stratford School which includes the exam boards for each subject please click on the links below

Links to download of the Year 10 and Year 11 subject information booklets

All external or public exams that students sit at school are regulated by JCQ and students are expected to follow the behaviour guidelines. It is really important that all students know the rules of their exams. Students must know their candidate number, make sure they attend all exams they are entered for and follow the rules as explained to them by the staff leading their exams.

For more detailed information on the rules and expectations that set out by the exam boards and JCQ, please click here.

Please ensure you read the “Information Leaflet for Students” and follow all the advice that is given by the school and the exam boards.

Getting ready for Exams

Students should be thinking about how they can maximise their grades to be able to take the courses they want to in the sixth form or college.

All Year 11s should be completing their work on Microsoft Teams and subject teachers have also uploaded revision resources onto Microsoft Teams. They also have an account with MathsWatch and Tassomai for Science. Email your subject teacher if you have lost or forgotten your username and password

Remember that all year 10 and 11 students have been given copies of the subject textbooks in each core subject. Students should be referring to these textbooks plus any other revision guides or materials provided by their subject teachers

How to Revise

Have a revision timetable (but don’t spend too long making one). To see an example of a blank revision timetable, click here.

To see an example of a completed revision timetable, click here.

Revision must be active revision. Experiments have shown that in order to commit something to long term memory it needs to be repeated 5 times. Using multiple parts of the brain helps make connections in the brain which helps memory.

To see the top revision tips, click here.

Check List

  • Revise (using active techniques) in half hour slots
  • First 5 minutes: revise what was done in the last slot for that subject
  • Next 20 minutes: revise a part of the course using active methods
  • Last 5 minutes: Have a short break
  • Repeat this again, have a 15 minute break after – it helps the brain!

Exam Resources

There are a wide range of revision resources on Microsoft Teams. Make sure that you know where to find these resources; your subject teacher or the Head of Department can help you.  For detailed information about the exam requirements in each subject, click here.

(here=Link to download of the Year 11 and year 10 subject information booklets  – these are on the website already)

Study Strategies

You can watch the following videos which contain some really great advice on how to prepare for your exams:

 

Subject Specific Revision Materials

For more subject specific revision materials, click here.

Dealing with exam stress

Everyone gets stressed about exams, and there are lots of places you can go to for help and advice. It is natural that you will be a little nervous, but if your anxiety is making your life difficult you MUST speak to someone – a friend, a member of your family, someone at school. Every member of staff at Stratford School is there for you and will be happy to listen to your concerns and worries. Don’t keep them a secret!

The AQA exam board has useful advice on dealing with exam stress and also gives answers to some of this exam board’s most frequently asked questions from nervous students.

Childline receives thousands of calls from students worried about their exams and so they have lots of experience.  You can download their “Beat Exam Stress” booklet from the website. You could also phone them on 0800 1111.

The National Health Service provides useful advice to help people deal with stress and anxiety.

There is guidance on combating exam stress on the BBC Newsround site.

There is help available from BBC Radio 1.

The mental health charity Mind has expertise in dealing with anxiety, stress and depression.

Stress busting also provides some very useful practical advice on dealing with exam stress.

Please place stress busting Bite size clip here that is on the website at the moment

How Parents can make a difference

Parental support in their children’s GCSEs is important in determining a child’s academic success. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert in any of the subjects your child is studying to make a difference. You just need to know how best to support your child through this next 10 weeks.

One of the hardest demands on pupils is that of understanding the long-term importance of doing the best they can in their GCSEs. Children differ in their levels of maturity, their ability to take responsibility for their learning, organisational skills and levels of motivation.

This is where parents can help. Your support, encouragement and interest can make a big difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands of the exam period. So please:

  • Ensure that your child comes to school every day, that they are getting at least 8 hours sleep a night and that they are eating properly
  • Make sure your child has a revision timetable and that they stick to it even when they don’t feel like it
  • Do not let them stop working on subjects they find hard or dislike
  • Make sure they have a clear goal for each revision session, that they revise in short blocks and that they take regular breaks
  • Do not let your child be influenced by friends who talk about how little work they are doings, remember your child is working for themselves and their own future
  • Agree a balance between work, relaxation and sleep and stick to it, have a start and finish time for revision and stick to that to
  • Make sure they talk to someone at school if they are having any difficulties, remember there is always a solution
  • All pupils fall behind, feel demotivated or overwhelmed, or struggle with the work school demands at this times. When your child feels like this, talk to them and encourage them to get back on track
  • Make sure you know the exam timetable and ensure that your child gets to school at 8.00am on the day of each of their exams

If Ramadan falls during the GCSE exams: We understand that this may be difficult for some pupils especially when they have exams in the afternoon. Please support your child during this time.