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Year 12 subject and next steps provision 2020 – Detailed Guidance

This communication is intended to provide the following information for students

  • Academic and enrichment provision for students progressing into Year 13
  • Guidance for students who may be leaving IGS at the end of Year 12
  • Guidance for students expecting external AS/BTEC exam results in the summer
  • Information about how we intend to deliver Next Steps/UCAS advice and guidance

Dear all,

I am writing on behalf of your teachers and the Post-16 team to provide you with more detailed information about the plans for the coming months.

Given the current circumstances it is particularly important that Year 12 students are as clear as possible about our expectations over the coming months, what opportunities are available to you and that you know where to find any information you might need. We will need to make some adjustments to how we deliver both your academic work and Next Steps information over the coming weeks but we will do our best to ensure you receive the same quality of provision that has been delivered to Year 12 in previous years. The key difference this year is that it is likely that most information will be delivered remotely, meaning that it is important to make sure you check your emails regularly to ensure you don’t miss any important messages.

Last week the Post-16 team met remotely to think through in detail the best way of ensuring continuity for you in these uncertain times. We are confident that we can continue to offer high quality provision in all areas. I know I am speaking for the whole Post-16 team when I say that it has been a pleasure working with Year 12 so far this year and we are committed to supporting all students as best we can to ensure that the final year of your studies and your transition to your chosen Post-18 setting is as smooth as possible.

Please find below updated guidance about continued academic provision and how we intend to deliver Next Steps and UCAS guidance over the coming months. 

  • Phased return to school: The most significant change for year 12 will be the implementation of plans for a phased return to school in small groups from Monday the 15th We will be providing detailed guidance about this imminently.
  •  Checking progress: Year 12 teachers will need to identify any gaps in learning and come to a cautious view about progress before the end of the summer term in order to work out how to support students most effectively. Any assessment will likely be subject based with advance warning provided. It will principally be diagnostic and will be carefully managed to minimise any additional stress on students.
  • UCAS Subject references: As is normally the case at this time of year teachers will be writing subject references for all students this term. We are following the normal timeline for this so that we are prepared for university and apprenticeship application deadlines in the autumn. These can be updated as required in the autumn term. We will enter UCAS predictions in the autumn term and will do this as late as is reasonably possible to give students and staff the greatest possible amount of time to come to a considered view about what grades are likely to be achieved.
  • Next Steps week: This will take place as planned the w/c 22nd June and will be delivered remotely with students able to sign up to relevant live and recorded Teams sessions. Students will be asked to identify a proposed Post-18 pathway after Next Steps week. Further details will follow.
  • Communication: We will continue to share updates with you on our weekly Bulletin and will upload links and content onto the year 12 Showbie Next Steps and Enrichment folder

Our very best wishes,

Mr Gutch, Mrs Pickard and the Post-16 and Careers Team, June 2020


What is the academic timeline for key events over the coming months?

The overall picture is still very uncertain but we have outlined below the key events for each group

Students who are continuing into Year 13:

What is going to happen?

When?

2 year A level/BTEC courses: Teachers will continue to provide work remotely in your A level/BTEC subjects.

w/c 27th April until the end of the academic year

 

AS/BTEC year 1: Teachers will continue to provide work in AS subjects/BTEC modules until the Year 12 syllabus is completed. Students who have completed AS courses will need to formally identify which subject(s) they are continuing with/dropping.

w/c 27th April until the syllabus is completed

Y12 Assessment: Teachers will use a variety of methods to come to a view about progress by the end of the summer term. Formal mock exams will not take place this academic year and we are considering the various options for the autumn term.

By Tuesday 7th July

UCAS subject references

By Tuesday 7th July

Intervention and support – we will use the information collected from any assessment process diagnostically, to plan how best to support students in year 13.

As required.

AS/BTEC results day

13th August

Opportunity to appeaAS/BTEC Module results and to sit exam

During the autumn term

Year 13 provision and support: No decision can be made about precise plans for Year 13 teaching and assessment at this point but we will do our best to provide continuity by providing high quality content in-school or remotely for as long as is necessary. We will also work to identify gaps in learning and will put support in place to address these.

TBC

Students intending to move to a different setting at the end of Year 12 e.g. apprenticeship:

The Post-16 team will contact you individually to discuss your individual pathway in the context of the current situation.

From w/c 27th April

 

Students who may be resitting Year 12:

There will be individual communication with the very few students who may be in this position. Given the current wider situation it may be a positive choice.

From w/c 27th April

What should I be working on for the rest of the academic year?

Core A level/ BTEC courses: You should be working on lessons set by your teachers, following your daily timetable, and trying to maintain a healthy working routine. This will be hard work but will pay off.

AS courses: You should work on these until the syllabus is complete then you can choose to drop the subject. If you would have been doing 2 or more AS exams you will need to think carefully about which to continue with and which to drop. If in doubt you should continue with both.

EPQ: Year 12 students are strongly encouraged to continue to work independently on their EPQ and to try to complete as much as possible by the deadlines published by Mrs Rennie. There will be provision made in Year 13 for students who do not complete in Year 12 but this should be actively avoided if possible.

What extension and enrichment opportunities will be available over the coming months?

We have identified a number of valuable enrichment resources which will be available to all students via Showbie and email.

  • Post-16 Wider Reading lists will be coming on stream by subject and available on Showbie
  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are available in a wide variety of subjects. These can be accessed via Unifrog. Instructions will be on Showbie. https://www.unifrog.org/know-how/what-are-moocs-and-why-should-you-take-one
  • Future Learn (https://www.futurelearn.com/): This is similar in many ways to the MOOCs mentioned above. Topics include: logical and critical thinking, mindfulness for wellbeing and peak performance and how to succeed at interviews. Instructions will be available on Showbie.
  • Free History and Philosophy of Science Course with the University of Leeds (see Showbie)
  • Free Speakers for Schools talks (see Showbie)
  • Morrisby career profiling opportunity (see Showbie)
  • EtonX (https://etonx.com/): You can request access to the EtonX course which has been provided by Eton College free of charge during lockdown. The title of the module is ‘Making an Impact’. Instructions will be on Showbie.
  • Exploring the START careers and university website to start exploring university and other options (Y/N) https://www.startprofile.com/ (see Next Steps resources below).
  • Free First Aid qualification with the Virtual College: Restart a heart - https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/prepared
  • Free course on Infection Prevention - Virtual College - Click here to find out more and apply: https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/courses/health-and-safety/introduction-to-infection-prevention
  • Ted Talks relating to your own area of academic interest (https://www.ted.com/talks)

What opportunities will be available for me to develop my leadership skills?

The importance of leadership: During this challenging time, we are witnessing leadership in action at a local, national and international level – for better or for worse. Leadership skills will be extremely important over the coming years and students are well advised to seriously consider what contribution they could make towards stabilising a society which will have experienced a high degree of challenge over the coming months and years.

Leadership Wider Reading List: All students are encouraged to explore the Post-16 Leadership Wider Reading list which will be available on Showbie and gathers together a wide range of texts and films by and about effective leaders and the attributes that made them influential.

Post-16 SLT: We have received the applications for the Post-16 SLT and will be conducting interviews remotely over the coming weeks before appointing the final Post-16 student leadership team and Head and Deputy students. The new team will start in post from w/c 8th June.

How will I prepare for my chosen next stage (University/apprenticeship)?

General Next Steps provision:

How will you deliver Next Steps guidance if we can’t be in school?

We will deliver Next Steps information and guidance through your CEP (Curriculum Enrichment Programme) lessons over the remaining weeks of this academic year.

What will we be covering in these Next Steps CEP lessons?

  1. Research into different pathways - done
  2. Setting up a UCAS account
  3. Using Unifrog to develop a personal profile
  4. Writing a personal statement
  5. Video presentations from external visitors/providers in place of the Next Steps Conference in June

What happens if I don’t do anything to prepare for my Next Steps?

It is very important that you engage with this material (personal circumstances allowing) so you don’t miss out on any opportunities and prepare for what you will be doing Post-18. Your teachers will be checking Showbie to make sure that you are doing the tasks set and will be tracking what has been completed to ensure no-one gets left behind.

How will you know what my Next Steps plans are?

We will be asking you and your parents to complete a short online questionnaire over the coming weeks to give an indication of your intended Post-18 pathway. This will enable us to provide you with targeted information. If your plans change or you want to talk things through contact Mr Sykes via email and he will respond.

What happens if I change my mind about my Next Steps plans?

It is important to try to commit to a pathway but many students keep their options open (and this will be an option on the survey). If your plans change then please let us know as soon as possible. Remember you will have access to all pathway information via Showbie so you can look into other options easily.

Where will Next Steps information be available?

All Next Steps content (university/ apprenticeships) will be available to all students on Showbie via a single code. This will ensure that if you become interested in other pathways you will be able to find the information you need. Tutors and CEP teachers will all have access to this support material which will all be in one place.

You can also set up an account on the START careers and universities website to explore different pathways:  https://www.startprofile.com/

Who will be able to give me advice?

Your form tutor will be informed of your general plans and should be your first point of contact. Your CEP teacher will also be able to give you advice and guidance. Mrs Mitchell will be able to provide detailed personal careers guidance for students, e.g. those unsure of what to study at university; exploring both apprenticeship & university and those wishing to concentrate on an alternative pathway to university, contact details Karen.mitchell@ilkleygs.co.uk . Other members of the Post-16 team will also be able to give you advice (Mr Sykes, Mrs Pickard, Mr Gutch, Christine) but may direct you back to your form tutor. You may also want to contact your relevant subject teacher if you are interested in doing a particular subject at university.

What about Open Days?

It is likely that University Open Days will be delivered remotely and we will share information about these in the weekly PowerPoint and then on Showbie in the Open Days folder as they are released to us. Many universities are releasing Virtual Tours via their own websites.

Guidance for students preparing for early entry (the Apply+ Programme)

Oxbridge/Medicine/Veterinary medicine/Conservatoire

What are the deadlines for early entry this year?

Although there is much uncertainty about exactly when UCAS deadlines will be, for the time being we should assume that the deadlines will be the same. If they are extended this will be a bonus as you will have more time to prepare. This means that students in Year 12 who wish to apply for a course requiring early entry need to start preparing as soon as the resources are available.

What should I be working on if I want to prepare for early entry?

While the current situation presents many challenges for us all it is an ideal time for students to engage in independent study and wider reading. We have identified the following extension and enrichment opportunities in addition to what your subject teachers will be providing which you are encouraged to explore in some depth:

  1. Post-16 Wider Reading lists will be coming on stream by subject over the coming weeks
  2. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are available in a wide variety of subjects. These can be accessed via Unifrog. Instructions will be on Showbie. https://www.unifrog.org/know-how/what-are-moocs-and-why-should-you-take-one
  3. Future Learn (https://www.futurelearn.com/): This is similar in many ways to the MOOCs mentioned above. Topics include: logical and critical thinking, mindfulness for wellbeing and peak performance, how to succeed at interviews. Instructions will be available on Showbie
  4. Free History and Philosophy of Science Course with the University of Leeds (see Showbie)
  5. Free Speakers for Schools talks (see Showbie)
  6. Morrisby career profiling (see Showbie)
  7. EtonX (https://etonx.com/): You can request access to the EtonX course which has been provided by Eton College free of charge during lockdown. The title of the module is ‘Making an Impact’. Instructions will be on Showbie
  8. Ted Talks relating to your own area of academic interest (https://www.ted.com/talks)

Where will I be able to find Apply+ extension and enrichment material?

This material will be available to all students via the Next Steps Showbie code which will be released to students by email.

Your subject teachers will also be able to direct you to relevant extension content as required.

What about Oxbridge visits and Open Days?

It is likely that university Open Days will be delivered remotely and we will share information about these in the weekly PowerPoint and then on Showbie in the Open Days folder as they are released to us.

How will I be able to prepare for university interviews if I am not allowed to leave home?

Should it be necessary we have a range of contacts who will be able to deliver mock interviews remotely. Various online materials are now being produced; be pro-active making yourself familiar with virtual interaction by signing up for webinars and details of the other online opportunities we will provide.

We hope this provides you with answers to most of the questions that are coming up but please contact a member of the Post-16 team if you have any questions and we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.