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Trial exams for Y11 and Y13

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Tuesday 5 January 2021

Year 11

Dear Bennett Parent,

I am writing to you following the government’s announcement regarding this next lockdown period and the indication that GCSE examinations will not go ahead in the usual way this summer. We do understand that both students and parents may have some questions and perhaps some worries about how students will be assessed at the end of this Key Stage. We are waiting for further guidance from the government about how students will be assessed in relation to the GCSE examination courses. We will share that information with you when we are in a position to provide further details.

In the meantime, we will be continuing to provide a remote education for all Bennett students, making sure that the GCSE curriculum is fully covered. In this context we will not be proceeding with the trial examinations that were scheduled for next week. It is likely however, that we will need to systematically assess students’ knowledge and understanding of their courses when they return from lockdown, so their efforts in revising will bear fruit. For now, students should be engaging with their on-line learning as a key priority. We know how positively impactful this is on students’ sense of well-being and purpose. With good coverage of the curriculum students will be supported to master the subject knowledge which is the foundation for progression to Sixth Form courses.

As we receive more details about arrangements for assessment we will share this with you and how these assessments will support and inform progression to the Bennett Sixth Form. It remains our intention to provide advice and guidance to each Y11 student about their Sixth Form curriculum and we will write with more details about that in the coming weeks.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Rebecca Malone
Assistant Headteacher


Year 13

Dear Bennett Parent,

I am writing to you following the government’s announcement regarding this next lockdown period and the indication that A level examinations will not go ahead in the usual way this summer. We do understand that both students and parents may have some questions and perhaps some worries about how students will be assessed at the end of Sixth Form. We are waiting for further guidance from the government about how students will be assessed in relation to the A level examination courses. We will share that information with you when we are in a position to provide further details.

In the meantime, we will be continuing to provide a remote education for all Bennett students, making sure that the A level and Diploma curriculum is fully covered. In this context we will not be proceeding with the trial examinations that were scheduled for next week. It is likely however, that we will need to systematically assess students’ knowledge and understanding of their courses when they return from lockdown, so their efforts in revising will bear fruit. For now, students should be engaging with their on-line learning as a key priority. We know how positively impactful this is on students’ sense of well-being and purpose. With good coverage of the curriculum students will be supported to master the subject knowledge which is the foundation for progression to university and other school leaver routes.

As we receive more details about arrangements for assessment we will share this with you and how these assessments will support and inform the UCAS process.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Rebecca Malone
Director of Sixth Form


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