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Information regarding Examinations and student grading for Year 11 and 13 students

The body that oversees the examination process for the Department for information ‘OFQUAL’ has produced an infographic that helps to explain to parents and students the process that will be undertaken regarding the awarding of grades for this summer for Year 11 and Year 13.

The full information about both the consultation process that has been conducted by OFQUAL along with their decisions can be found on the following link

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021

The school will be supporting the students and parents over the next few months as we aim to give the grades by the 18th of June. Further information will follow, and students will have assemblies in school to explain who we are going to follow the guidance provided to us by OFQUAL.

Mass Testing

1 February 2021


As you are aware, schools were asked to implement mass testing arrangements before the announcement of the new lockdown on 6th January 2021.

This programme currently is for the school to test students on their return to school. Whilst the government is encouraging all students and staff to
participate in the testing arrangements are of course voluntary and any testing will only take place with consent. All parents and carers are required to complete the attached Microsoft Form giving or declining consent. On this occasion an email will not be sufficient.

Thank you if you have already completed this, If not please follow the link below to complete the form:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=yu1GLt0A20uVy2z1Ys-7pKJjj8LfMxdEskqzBRyLUmtUQjhPN1o2OFZRS1A2N1QxVklXRklVN0JJTS4u

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact us via the link below:
masstesting@weaversacademy.org.uk

When we have had the opportunity to set up our local arrangements we will of course communicate these to you.

If you’re not sure about having the lateral flow test done, then watch our little video so you can learn a little more about the process.


School support for students eligible for Free School Meals

The national free school meal voucher scheme will go live from the 18th January 2021. Vouchers will be available to families from the 22nd January 2021. Please check for your ecode in your email.

We need a live email address for you to be able to place orders for supermarket gift cards on behalf of families whose children are eligible for free school meals, to cover the period between 18 January and 12 February (4 weeks).

Gift cards are worth £15 a week per eligible child. Families will receive an eCode by email to redeem from a supermarket of their choice.

Please email us at weafmsenquiries@weaversacademy.org.uk to give us your most up to date email address.

Given the high demand expected for vouchers, Weavers Academy will continue provide food boxes to families of students eligible for free school meals. Each food box will be stocked with items to support students’ lunches over a one-week period. A typical box for one week is shown in the photograph.

Food boxes will be available to families for collection from the school’s main reception from Monday 18th January 2021 between 8.30am and 2.30pm each day. Please return empty boxes if possible.

Should you have special dietary needs or require further help please contact the school team on 01933 222 830 or send an email via weafsmenquiries@weaversacademy.org.uk.

Open Day tours October 10th 2020

We would like to invite both students and their families to our Open Day on Saturday 10th October 2020. Please complete the booking form using the link to arrange your tour and visit to Weavers Academy on Saturday 10th October 2020.

Ticket reservation begins 9am on Tuesday 6th October
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/weavers-academy-31278123893

Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to help keep everyone safe we wish invite you and your children to book a tour as part of a small group, where we will use social distancing and hygiene methods to keep everyone safe. To keep the numbers manageable, we can only accept bookings from one parent per child.

On arrival you will be welcomed by a member of the senior team. They will then escort you and your group on a tour of the school site. This will provide you with a good opportunity to talk to some staff, ask questions and speak in more detail to a member of the transition team if you wish to do so.

Virtual Tour
We have also prepared a 3D virtual tour for families who are unable to make the tour on Saturday 10th October 2020.
The virtual tour can be viewed below.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Updated results information

Dear parents, carers and students

Firstly, we would like to extend our best wishes and congratulate you students on your results and for reaching this exciting next point in your life.  We recognise how challenging the past few months have been and we are very disappointed to not be able to share your successes with you in person.

As you know, the school undertook a rigorous process of awarding our Centre Assessed Grades and feel that these accurately and fairly represented what students would have achieved had they been given the opportunity to complete their final exams in the summer term.

We understand that while many of you students will be happy with your results, some of you may be disappointed with the grades that you have been awarded by Ofqual. As you may have read, the government have now said they will apply a ‘triple locked’ approach where students’ PPE (mock exam) grades will be considered if these are higher than the grade awarded by the exam board. However, as yet the final appeals process has not yet been decided and formalised but please be assured that we will work closely with any students who require support with this when further information is published.

You will also see below that we have attached a link to questionnaire regarding future plans, please take the time to fill this is as soon as you are able so that we can best support you moving forward, ideally no later than Monday 17 August.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=yu1GLt0A20uVy2z1Ys-7pJKPDKmGeEFHvbiDKXLaQVlUMjIxRzNNN1dYUFg1TThSMU0yRklJM0ZCTS4u

If you would like to speak to a member of staff or arrange an appointment please contact via reception, or alternatively contact Mrs Sexsmith or Mr Wallace via email at:

Claire.sexsmith@weaversacademy.org.uk

Magnus.wallace@weaversacademy.org.uk

Please be assured that we are here to help and support you through this process. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Yours sincerely

Magnus Wallace
Vice-Principal: Curriculum

A message from Ofqual

Dear parent/carer,

We know that it has been a really unsettling few months for students, since schools, colleges and other providers were closed to many and exams were cancelled. We are writing to reassure you about what has been put in place so students are able to move on to further study or employment, with results which carry the same value as any other year.

How grades have been set this year

After exams were cancelled we worked with exam boards and leading assessment experts to develop a reliable method to calculate student grades. This involved asking each school or college to tell us what grade they believed each student would have received in each subject if exams had gone ahead, and how their expected performance compared to others in their class. We know teachers worked extremely hard to deliver this year’s arrangements and the majority of grades students receive will be the same, or within one grade, as their centre’s judgements – reflecting the skills, professionalism and integrity of those involved.

Schools and colleges used a range of evidence to make their judgements including non-exam assessments, results of homework assignments or mock exams and any other records of student performance over the course of study. At least two teachers were involved in agreeing each proposed grade, and each one was signed off by the head teacher or college principal.

Making sure results are as fair as they can be

It is really important that we make sure the same standard is applied for all students, whichever school, college, or part of the country they come from. That’s why we have calculated all results using the same method, which makes sure we have a level playing field for all students and results across the country are comparable. The overwhelming majority of people who responded to our consultation – including teachers and students – supported the aims of our moderation approach, because they know that if the results were not moderated, they would be unfair.

This means that this year’s results will have the same value as in any other year. Students, universities, colleges and employers can have confidence in the results – allowing the class of 2020 to compete fairly with students from previous and future years.

Despite some reports, you can be assured that the moderation process does not mean a blanket reduction in the grades that teachers put forward. Adjustments will vary across schools and colleges, and in different subjects, and will only be made where the evidence supports them.

The grades awarded will be based either entirely on the teachers’ judgements, or on a combination of their judgements and the statistical moderation. Where the moderation process finds that a school or college has over or under-estimated the likely number of students achieving a grade, the students who are moved up or down a grade are those the centre felt were closest to the grade boundary. No grade is being awarded purely on the basis of statistics.

Although the process of moderation is essential to ensure results are as fair as they can be, there is nothing fair about the fact that Covid-19 has denied young people this year the chance to demonstrate their skills in an exam. For that reason, where possible we have made decisions that work in students’ favour and overall results will be more lenient.

Of course, we can never know for sure how an individual student might have performed in their exams. Universities and colleges understand this, and many have committed to showing flexibility in their admissions decisions. Overall we believe these results will be as fair as they possibly can be in the absence of exams.

Appeals and complaints

The vast majority of students are going to receive grades that are fair and that will enable them to progress to their next stage. However we know there are some students and families who may want to appeal their grade. If this is the case, you should speak to your child’s school or college. Schools or colleges have to be the ones that submit appeals, and will do so if they believe there has been an error or that the moderation process has not produced a reliable result.

We have published a guide on our website to help students and their families understand how appeals will operate this summer. This includes information on complaints about potential bias or discrimination. We believe such complaints will be rare, but they will need to be taken very seriously.

For more information on the next steps after students have received their results, contact the Exam Results Helpline on 0800 100 900. You can also contact Ofqual directly on 0300 303 3344, or by email at public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk.

To all students receiving their results, whatever their next step, we wish them well. They have experienced a unique disruption to their lives. Their grades awarded over the next two weeks will enable as many as possible to move on in their lives with a sense of pride in their hard work and achievements.