Selston High School 2019 Ofsted Report - Flipbook - Page 5
Staff Contact: Mrs J McIlroy (email@example.com)
This new GCSE, first launched in September 2015, will be assessed in a very different way from in the past. Grades
will be awarded at bands 1-9 with a ‘5’ being equivalent to an old ‘grade C/B’ and 9 being a new higher benchmark
of equivalent to A**.
The specification is designed to inspire and motivate students, providing appropriate stretch and challenge whilst
ensuring that the assessment and texts are, as far as possible, accessible to all students. The course is skills based
and is assessed through un-tiered examinations papers.
It will enable students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different
texts and write clearly.
Assessment including terminal examinations and controlled assessments:
Students will be assessed across the two years with a balance of assessments for both English Language and
English Literature. This will include short, in-class assessments and full mock examinations.
There are two equally-balanced final exam papers, each assessing reading and writing in an integrated way.
Spoken Language is assessed separately:
The papers relate reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as stimulus for
writing tasks, providing students with a clear route through each paper. Each paper has a distinct identity to
better support high quality provision and engaging teaching and learning.
Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive
techniques to engage the interest of readers.
Paper 2, Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.
The approach to spoken language (previously speaking and listening) will emphasise the importance of the wider
benefits that speaking and listening skills have for students. The endorsed unit will draw on good practice to
suggest how engaging formative tasks can lead to a single summative assessment.
All texts in the exams will be unseen.
Examples of learning activities:
These will include individual and group learning; research; offsite visits
and home learning.
Skills that will be developed:
read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons
summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and
improve their own writing
write effectively and coherently using Standard English
use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately