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How remote education was delivered to sixth form students (year 12) during lockdown. Be specific about expectations for remote work. Lessons were set according to their timetabled allocations. At least one of these lessons per week was delivered live by the class teacher. The remaining lessons were set either via Show My Homework or Teams, and were structured to enable to students to work through them independently. Staff were able to use formative assessment, both within the lessons, and through the use of quizzes on Forms or Show My Homework. Staff were also able to set and assess extended written tasks online. Students were able to contact staff online for individual help and suppport when completing work. Lesson attendance varied from 21% up to 88%. A number of students struggled with digital poverty and online lessons were adapted to enable students to access them effectively via their phones as many did not have access to a laptop or PC, or were sharing a device. Students received a weekly newsletter containing important information, including careers guidance and the process for applying through UCAS. Students were able to contact their tutors and the Head of Sixth Form for support with their Personal Statements. In Term 6 students returned to school in bubbles for one day per week. They were able to access resources at school, particularly those needed for the creative courses. Students were also able to access IT resources.
Please explain how students predicted grades were formed this year? Although students had sat mock exams in Year 12, this is typically not a valid reflection of their ultimate attainment. Teacher judgement has been used to set current predicted grades, and this will be reviewd after the mock examinations in October.
How many less teaching hours did 6th formers receive during lockdown? Live teaching counts as ‘teaching hours’. You could do this by subject if relevant. Students lost approximately 14 weeks of teaching time. With 9 hours per subject per fortnight, this equates to 63 hours, however, there would have been at least 14 hours of live learning, so students lost approximately 49 hours’ of face to face teaching per subject. Across three A Levels, or on an extended BTEC course, the equivalent of 3 A Levels, this equates to 147 hours teaching. For students on our creative courses, the loss of time also includes loss of workshop time. This means that they are behind on internally assessed work.