Year 11 ‘mini’ assessments/ starting sixth form early

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Just wondering how other schools are assessing year 11’s for GCSE? Last week I had 7 assessments and the week before I had 2 more. I’m currently getting marks back this week but we aren’t allowed grades which I think is pretty pointless as you can just find grade boundaries and take a guess at your grade. Also is anyone else’s school allowing you to start 6th form early? Because mine is and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it as I would’ve liked a rest but at the same time I don’t want to miss out on any work and be at a disadvantage to my peers.
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Hi! My school is basically giving us at least two tests in every subject and we finish by the 28th May. Very stressful at the moment - I don't think the teachers realise that 'giving us every opportunity to do well' means a little bit of an overload with work given that we weren't continuously revising because we were told exams had been cancelled... My school doesn't have a sixth form so after the 28th we're out all summer, but the college next door will be running some introductory sessions over the summer and some departments at school will be doing workshop-style lessons to finish GCSE content for people doing A-level. I'm probably going to start a fair bit of A-level work over the summer - I'm struggling to find a job and you can only spend so much time with friends so I'll have quite a lot of free time! What's your school doing about prom?
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Hi I start my “GCSEs” next week and my school is doing transition work for sixth form in June so I think it’s transition work that your doing and it’s quite simple just don’t stress about it and plus if u do history plsss help
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Hi I start my “GCSEs” next week and my school is doing transition work for sixth form in June so I think it’s transition work that your doing and it’s quite simple just don’t stress about it and plus if u do history plsss help
We are starting them early like they’re moving all the years up a year not just us. I’m sorry I do geography so I’m not much help there.
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Just wondering how other schools are assessing year 11’s for GCSE? Last week I had 7 assessments and the week before I had 2 more. I’m currently getting marks back this week but we aren’t allowed grades which I think is pretty pointless as you can just find grade boundaries and take a guess at your grade. Also is anyone else’s school allowing you to start 6th form early? Because mine is and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it as I would’ve liked a rest but at the same time I don’t want to miss out on any work and be at a disadvantage to my peers.
My school did two weeks of "A levels" and "GCSEs" that ended last week where everyone had one test per subject spread over the two weeks. We're having 2 weeks of lessons to revise the content for the next papers and then we're going to repeat. For the year 11s, my school is giving them another 2 weeks of online learning after the second exam period to give them some prep before they start sixth form. But yeah, we're not getting any grades either until results day which is kind of annoying.
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Hi! My school is basically giving us at least two tests in every subject and we finish by the 28th May. Very stressful at the moment - I don't think the teachers realise that 'giving us every opportunity to do well' means a little bit of an overload with work given that we weren't continuously revising because we were told exams had been cancelled... My school doesn't have a sixth form so after the 28th we're out all summer, but the college next door will be running some introductory sessions over the summer and some departments at school will be doing workshop-style lessons to finish GCSE content for people doing A-level. I'm probably going to start a fair bit of A-level work over the summer - I'm struggling to find a job and you can only spend so much time with friends so I'll have quite a lot of free time! What's your school doing about prom?
It’s so stressful right? It’s as if we are doing GCSE’s but they’ve just decided not to call them that. For a lot of the subjects I ended up revising the day before which is really not ideal given they’re going to really influence my grade but so far the results are coming back okay. I also want to get a job but I don’t want to give myself no free time as I also do football at a weekend and like to socialise with my friends so it’s hard to find the time. We are having our prom on the 25th of June which I’m pretty worried about as the restrictions aren’t released until the 21st right? So there’s time for the release dates to change still.
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(Original post by apolaroidofus)
Hi! My school is basically giving us at least two tests in every subject and we finish by the 28th May. Very stressful at the moment - I don't think the teachers realise that 'giving us every opportunity to do well' means a little bit of an overload with work given that we weren't continuously revising because we were told exams had been cancelled... My school doesn't have a sixth form so after the 28th we're out all summer, but the college next door will be running some introductory sessions over the summer and some departments at school will be doing workshop-style lessons to finish GCSE content for people doing A-level. I'm probably going to start a fair bit of A-level work over the summer - I'm struggling to find a job and you can only spend so much time with friends so I'll have quite a lot of free time! What's your school doing about prom?
I relate to this on a spiritual level, with the whole 'not keeping on top of revision as we were told our exams were cancelled', and because of this, I have mini-assessments starting next week and they go on for 3 weeks. I am so screwed because I haven't started any revision. I am currently working on grade's 5/6 which is awful because I am at a grammar school and I need grade 7s and above to stay in the 6th form! Totally stressing as all my peers are extremely intelligent and can recite facts off of the tops of their heads whilst I'm here confused about basic atomic structure. Anyways rant overrr. I am also struggling to find a job and my school has completely given up with prom which is sad :/ we're not having a leaver's book or hoodies either
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My school did two weeks of "A levels" and "GCSEs" that ended last week where everyone had one test per subject spread over the two weeks. We're having 2 weeks of lessons to revise the content for the next papers and then we're going to repeat. For the year 11s, my school is giving them another 2 weeks of online learning after the second exam period to give them some prep before they start sixth form. But yeah, we're not getting any grades either until results day which is kind of annoying.
I feel like it would have been better if they had spread the exams out rather than cramming them all in one week as it is a lot of stress in one week. Although I suppose it does get them out of the way. I think we are doing around 6 weeks of A levels before the 6 week holiday so atleast I still get a break I guess.
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I relate to this on a spiritual level, with the whole 'not keeping on top of revision as we were told our exams were cancelled', and because of this, I have mini-assessments starting next week and they go on for 3 weeks. I am so screwed because I haven't started any revision. I am currently working on grade's 5/6 which is awful because I am at a grammar school and I need grade 7s and above to stay in the 6th form! Totally stressing as all my peers are extremely intelligent and can recite facts off of the tops of their heads whilst I'm here confused about basic atomic structure. Anyways rant overrr. I am also struggling to find a job and my school has completely given up with prom which is sad :/ we're not having a leaver's book or hoodies either
No prom, leavers hoodies or book!? I think that’s awful considering the crap year we’ve all gone through. You deserve atleast something good to conclude the year :/
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What papers are schools giving u guys. 2020/2019 papers?
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What papers are schools giving u guys. 2020/2019 papers?
I feel like it varied with each subject. I think I had past papers for my English but not maths?
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It’s so stressful right? It’s as if we are doing GCSE’s but they’ve just decided not to call them that. For a lot of the subjects I ended up revising the day before which is really not ideal given they’re going to really influence my grade but so far the results are coming back okay. I also want to get a job but I don’t want to give myself no free time as I also do football at a weekend and like to socialise with my friends so it’s hard to find the time. We are having our prom on the 25th of June which I’m pretty worried about as the restrictions aren’t released until the 21st right? So there’s time for the release dates to change still.
Yeah totally! I've had to do most of my revision the night before as well but I've got a good memory so it's actually going quite well at the moment! But doesn't mean I'm not really struggling and finding it hard to even find the time to revise for stuff I used to do a tonne of extra-curriculars but they've all been stopped because of COVID (mostly performing arts stuff) so I have lots of free time for a job at the moment! All my friends are getting jobs too so we're all quite understanding of the fact that we need to work and will just schedule around it so we can still see each other. We have so much stuff planned for the summer ahh, I wish school would end already! And yeah that does seem like it's cutting it a bit close - our's is the 12th July I think so that's not too bad.
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I relate to this on a spiritual level, with the whole 'not keeping on top of revision as we were told our exams were cancelled', and because of this, I have mini-assessments starting next week and they go on for 3 weeks. I am so screwed because I haven't started any revision. I am currently working on grade's 5/6 which is awful because I am at a grammar school and I need grade 7s and above to stay in the 6th form! Totally stressing as all my peers are extremely intelligent and can recite facts off of the tops of their heads whilst I'm here confused about basic atomic structure. Anyways rant overrr. I am also struggling to find a job and my school has completely given up with prom which is sad :/ we're not having a leaver's book or hoodies either
Ahh no!! What do you think you'll do if you can't get into the sixth form, do you have a backup option? I imagine they will be a bit more lenient this year because of CAGs but I guess you never know. Whatever happens I really hope you get the grades! I've applied for SO many jobs and it's starting to get really disheartening - I'm used to always getting good grades at school so I never normally feel like this and it's starting to make me feel like a failure Honestly with the leaver's book, one specific friendship group took control of ours so it's sort of focussed on them and the design is pretty atrocious.. plus thinking of a quote is basically impossible and the price it costs is extortionate! In some ways you might have dodged a bullet with that one..
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Yeah totally! I've had to do most of my revision the night before as well but I've got a good memory so it's actually going quite well at the moment! But doesn't mean I'm not really struggling and finding it hard to even find the time to revise for stuff I used to do a tonne of extra-curriculars but they've all been stopped because of COVID (mostly performing arts stuff) so I have lots of free time for a job at the moment! All my friends are getting jobs too so we're all quite understanding of the fact that we need to work and will just schedule around it so we can still see each other. We have so much stuff planned for the summer ahh, I wish school would end already! And yeah that does seem like it's cutting it a bit close - our's is the 12th July I think so that's not too bad.
Luckily me too but as you said it’s still rlly stressful. That’s pretty good maybe I should just try and find one and work my social life around it. I haven’t got anything planned for summer tbh :/
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Luckily me too but as you said it’s still rlly stressful. That’s pretty good maybe I should just try and find one and work my social life around it. I haven’t got anything planned for summer tbh :/
Ahh I'm a bit in shock - now have two interviews next week! Honestly thrilled ahhh! Yeah I mean honestly us planning for the future is basically a form of procrastination but it is a nice break from revision to think about all the fun stuff we can do without exams. If your friends are up for it I totally recommend doing a bake off/come dine with me - we're planning one at the moment and it's such a light in my life ahahah
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Ahh I'm a bit in shock - now have two interviews next week! Honestly thrilled ahhh! Yeah I mean honestly us planning for the future is basically a form of procrastination but it is a nice break from revision to think about all the fun stuff we can do without exams. If your friends are up for it I totally recommend doing a bake off/come dine with me - we're planning one at the moment and it's such a light in my life ahahah
Good luck! You know I never thought of it like being a form of procrastination but it totally is. That also sounds like such a good idea thank you!
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Not sure if I'm qualified to comment on this specifically - I finished Year 13 in March 2020

However, I know some local schools are assessing them this way. You can still appeal grades; all you can do now is try your hardest and do not be too hard on yourself about the results - this year has been harsh on you.

As for sixth form - I would attend whatever sessions are available to you. They're more to prepare you for the level of work sixth form will require of you. But do not stress about these. If you want my honest opinion; they might help a tiny bit, but overall they are pretty worthless in the scheme of things. The effort you put in from the first day of Year 12 counts a lot more.

Work hard until the summer holidays; and then take that well-earned rest.
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