There maybe changes in your child’s subjects this academic year.  Our staff have given us all the information we need to share with you.

Please feel free to navigate through the tabs below to find all the key information for each subject and find contact information for your child’s teachers.

  • All students must continue to work independently outside of school to strengthen and support classwork.
  • All students must endeavour to address personal targets, housed in sketchbooks or on PowerPoint slides issued by their art teachers, to further enhance progress.
  • All students must continue to access TEAMS and navigate to their relevant art subject channel to utilise all usual classroom resources.

Staff emails for contact:

Mr L Meynell ( Year 11 Photography) – lmeynell@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr A Pearson ( Year 11 Art and Design) – Apearson@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr D Carless ( Year 11 3D Art ) – Dcarless@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss L McHugh ( Year 11 Art Textiles ) – Lmchugh@ems.bhcet.org.uk

The exam board used by the Business department has made no changes to the 2020/21 GCSE qualification, following the national lockdown of 2020.

Therefore, assessment will take place in the usual order:

Paper 1 (1 hr 30 mins) This paper will test student’s knowledge on Business Activity, Marketing and People. All three of these units were taught in Year 10.

Paper 2 (1hr 30 mins) This paper will test students’ knowledge on Operations, Finance and External Influences. These units are taught in Year 11.

Students have been advised to purchase the ‘My Revision Notes, OCR GCSE Business Studies Revision Guide’ By Michael Schofield. This can be purchased from most bookstores or alternatively you could use Amazon.

STEP sessions are being held on a Wednesday in room 206, after school, for those students who have been most affected by the lockdown and are displaying obvious gaps in their learning.

Contact Information:

Mrs Hughes – hhughes@ems.bhcet.org.uk

Pearson made the decision to allow teachers to moderate and give students a grade for any units which were planned to be completed during March – July 2020. The year 11 cohort were due to sit their Unit 1 exam in April 2020 and complete unit 2 in the summer term.

How this affects your child:Each student has been given a grade for unit 1 and unit 2, equating to 50% of their course being completed.

Course progress and the way forward: During the end of the summer term and summer holidays, students started unit 6. This is a sports leadership unit, where the they will develop understanding and skills of a sports leader.

Students have attempted Learning Aim A, they have received feedback on this assignment and have until the start of November to complete it.

Learning Aim B, is a practical leadership assignment. Students have planned sessions and are beginning to build up confidence to deliver the session. Prior to Covid-19, this assignment was to be delivered to year 7 students. Unfortunately, due to the bubble set up, this cannot be carried out, so students will have to lead others within their year group. We understand this adds concerns to your child, as they may feel uncomfortable leading their peers. However, we are doing all we can to support your child to build up their confidence and we will be taking the situation into consideration.

The final part of unit 6, is evaluating their performance as a leader. This will be completed as a written report.

The final unit to be completed will begin in January. Students will be learning about the musculoskeletal system and complete written tasks for their assignments.

Students will not complete any exams for BTEC Sport in Summer 2021.

Support: Students are repeatedly encouraged to contact Mrs Corcoran via email or Teams, either during an isolation period or for feedback/assistance with work.

Students have been encouraged to send any improvements of the Learning Aim A assignment as soon as they have adapted it, so it can be checked and reviewed by Mrs Corcoran.

Some students have been selected to attend STEP on a Thursday 3-3:45pm. This will continue throughout the year with a focus on different students.

If your child has to isolate, each lesson is recorded and shared on Teams with the worksheets relevant to the lesson. Students are expected to complete the work and have it fully complete on return to school. Mrs Corcoran also shares exemplar work, for students to use as a guide.

If your child isolates during the practical delivery date of the sports leadership session, they will be expected to complete the assignment on return to school and meet further deadlines.

Contact Information:

Mrs Chapman: cchapman@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss Parker: vparker@ems.bhcet.org.uk

Students undertake three units of work in this subject; R018 Health and Well-being for Child Development, which is an examination, this is usually taken in Year 10 to allow the students the opportunity of a re-sit in Year 11 and constitutes 50% of their overall mark.

R019 Understanding the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years and R020 Understanding the development of children from birth to five years; both coursework units and contribute 25% each of the student’s overall grade.

The full content of R018 was not taught in year 10 and the students did not sit this examination in the summer of 2020 as planned. The students will take this exam in January 2021, with the opportunity of a re-sit in summer 2021. The students have been taught the remaining part of the specification in lessons and in STEP on Wednesday nights.

The students will complete R019 as planned after the January examination. The exam board have agreed that the students will not complete R020 as this unit requires the students to complete a child observational study, this obviously cannot be completed in the current circumstances. Therefore, OCR have presently agreed that R018 and R019 will be sufficient evidence in order that the student may successfully complete this course.

If you have any questions about your child’s studies in Health and Social Care or Child Development, please contact Mrs Walsh (Head of Health and Social Care) or your child’s teacher:

Mrs M Walsh mwalsh@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Ms J Bell jbell@ems.bhcet.org.uk

During the Computer Science course all students must undertake a 20-hour Non-Examined Assessment – this can now be completed at home as part of the changes made to the 2021 examination series.

Your child has completed around 10 hours of this during lessons and must now complete the remaining time at home. Any students who don’t show significant levels of progress will be asked to stay behind after school to complete the remaining hours as the NEA is a requirement set by the exam board. It will also be very advantageous for students when completing their Paper 2 examination in June 2021.

The course comprises of 2 papers, both weighted 50% of your child’s final grade, these include:

  • Paper 1 – Computer Systems
  • Paper 2 – Algorithms and Programming

It is anticipated that all remaining course content will be covered in lesson, along with re-addressing content that was covered during the school closure.

All students will also be provided with a revision guide specifically created around the specification they are studying.

Any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Email: Mr Draper – ddraper@ems.bhcet.org.uk

Under normal circumstances in Creative iMedia, students would have been required to complete four units, each worth 25% of their overall grade – one external examination and three coursework units. In the Summer of 2020, students were due to sit their Creative iMedia exam whilst in Year 10. Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, the exam was cancelled. Most of Year 10 was focused around preparation for the exam and the content of R081 – Pre-Production Skills, meaning we would have had to complete three coursework units in Year 11.

Under the current guidance issued by OCR in relation to Cambridge Nationals, students with three units left to be taken this year now must only take two unit assessments. This means that students will not have to complete the external exam and are able to complete two

coursework units instead of the usual requirement of three. These coursework units will be centre-assessed by their class teacher and then externally moderated.

The following information gives an overview of what students will now be completing throughout the course of Year 11:

  • R082 – Creating Digital Graphics
    • The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines, and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.
  • R084 – Storytelling with a Comic Strip
    • The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the basics of comic strip creation. It will enable them to interpret a client brief, use planning and preparation techniques and to create their own comic strip using digital techniques.

For questions, please contact:

Miss Malcolmson – bmalcolmson@ems.bhcet.org.uk

All Y11 students were supposed to sit the Unit 3 exam last summer when they were still in Y10. Lockdown obviously stopped this from happening but because the students had been entered for this exam prior to lockdown, the exam board asked for predicted grades to be submitted (for this exam only – not the overall qualification) and have since said they will honour these grades. These grades were based on how well students had performed in their Key Tasks prior to lockdown. This means all Y11 students already have a grade for Unit 3 which has been shared with them in lessons in recent weeks. The current intention is that students will still sit the exam next summer (as originally planned) and the best grade achieved for Unit 3 will be used when calculating the overall final grade for the qualification.

Students must still complete two coursework units, however, the exam board have removed some of the content from these units to alleviate some pressure and compensate for time lost. As a result of this, students do not to have include as many processes when making their practical product for Unit 2 and they also don’t need to evaluate the product they manufacture (section AC4.2). In Unit 1 students don’t have to complete section AC1.2 which would normally require them to analyse and evaluate how aeroplanes fly and the different forces involved with this. Again, these decisions have been made by the exam board as they acknowledge that in a subject like Engineering that is heavily coursework based, a lot of the work (particularly the practical) couldn’t be completed at home during lockdown and given the time missed, it would be unfair to expect the current Y11’s to complete as much work as previous cohorts.

· If you have any questions or queries regarding any of this, please contact:

Mr C Duffy (Head of Department) – cduffy@ems.bhcet.org.uk

You may be aware that there will be some changes to GCSE English Literature exams in 2021. AQA have reduced the options so that students are only examined on three texts rather than four. This means that your son or daughter will study and be examined in:

  • · Shakespeare: Macbeth
  • · Modern Drama: An Inspector Calls
  • · Anthology Poetry: Power and Conflict

There will still be two papers to sit, but the texts will be spread across them, with an additional “unseen poetry” element:

  • · Paper 1: Anthology Poetry and Modern Drama
  • · Paper 2: Shakespeare and Unseen Poetry

It is very important that students continue to work with these texts over the coming months, becoming very familiar with all elements. All teaching PowerPoints, videos and additional materials are/will be available on Teams (both class and Y11 English Teams) and students are expected to access these regularly. Please also encourage students to use GCSE Pod, BBC Bitesize and https://www.sparknotes.com/ to assist with revision.

There are no planned changes to the written exam papers for English language. There will be two exam papers:

  • · Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • · Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Students will begin work on these papers in the Spring Term.

If you have any questions about your child’s studies in English and/or English Literature, please contact Mrs Asensio (Head of KS4 English) or your child’s English teacher:

Mrs Asensio dasensio@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Ms Lee-Bugby alee-bugby@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs A Savage asavage@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs C East ceast@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs L Cordon lcordon@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs C Madden cmadden@ems.bhcet.org.uk

As you may be aware, there have been some minimal changes to the 2021 exams in Geography which will affect your child if they are taking Geography as a GCSE exam this summer (this summer only)

  1. 1. Fieldwork is not required. (this would have been carried out at the end of year 10)
  2. 2. There will be no questions about student’s own fieldwork experience in the exam as a result.

The exam will continue to be 3 papers with amendment made to paper 3 only. There are no other planned changes to the content or assessments for GCSE Geography.

  • Paper 1: Living with the physical environment and Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment will be assessed as normal.
  • Paper 3: Geographical applications, Section A (Issue Evaluation) remains unchanged. The pre-release materials will be released 12 weeks before the exam, as normal. Question 4 in Section B (unfamiliar fieldwork) remains unchanged. Question 5 has been removed reducing the overall marks on this paper from 76 to 56 marks (a removal of 20 marks). There will still be 6 marks of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) available for this 8035/3 paper. The 3 marks of SPaG attached to the 9-mark question in Section B (now removed) will be re-allocated to a 6-mark question in Section A of the paper. The total time allocation for the 8035/3 paper will reduce from 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour.

If you have any questions about your child’s exam in Geography, please contact school and the relevant teacher will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Mrs A Martindale amartindale@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs M Spoors mspoors@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs D Frettsome dfrettsome@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr L Nicholson lnicholson@ems.bhcet.org.uk

Students undertake 3 components of work in the two years they study the subject. Component 1 Human Lifespan Development is a unit of work they complete in year 10. Pearson made the decision in the summer to allow the teachers to moderate any of component 1 that students did not get to fully complete during March and July 2020, and that they would be given a grade for this work.

How this affects your child: Each student has been given a grade for Component 1 equating to 33% of their course being completed so far.

Course progress so far: Component 2 Health and Social Care Service and Values is a unit comprising of a learning aim A and B. Learning Aim, A partly includes a week’s work experience. As a result of Covid 19 the students did not get to fully complete this and have completed a set of role plays to successfully complete this part of their coursework at school.

The year 11 cohort are due to undertake the Component 3 Health and Wellbeing examination in February 2021. The students are currently studying this module of work in school. The students completed an exam revision booklet during the summer to help bridge any knowledge gaps. This booklet has been marked and most students are well equipment to complete this examination successfully.

When the students have completed the examination, they will move onto the final part of Component 2 Learning Aim B.

Students are encouraged to contact Mrs Walsh or Ms Bell via TEAMS or email if they need any assistance and if they have to isolate are asked to join the lesson live via TEAMS. The department also runs a STEP night on a Tuesday for any students who need further help or have fallen behind for any reason.

If you have any questions about your child’s studies in Health and Social Care or Child Development, please contact Mrs Walsh (Head of Health and Social Care) or your child’s teacher:

Mrs M Walsh mwalsh@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Ms J Bell jbell@ems.bhcet.org.uk

Exam Changes: We are pleased to inform you that the changes to the exam board for Edexcel History mean that we only need to study three of the four units of our course, relieving a lot of time pressure. Therefore, the three units we are completing are:

  • Unit 1 – Crime and Punishment, c.1000-present. The question paper is out of 48 marks. Section A is on Whitechapel and tests the use of primary sources. It is worth 16 marks. Section B is on Crime and Punishment 1000c to present day and tests knowledge and explanation skills. Section B is marked out of 32. Overall this unit is worth 37.5% of the overall GCSE Grade. The exam will be 1 hr 15 mins long.
  • Unit 2B – Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88. The question paper is out of 32 marks and is worth 25% of the overall GCSE Grade. This exam tests knowledge and explanation skills. The exam will be 55 minutes long.
  • Unit 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919-39. The paper is worth 48 marks (+4 SPaG), Section A tests the use of primary sources and explanation skills. It is worth 16 marks and 12.5% of the overall grade. Section B tests the use of historians and their interpretations of history. It is worth 32 marks and 25% of the total Grade. This unit is worth 37.5% of the Total GCSE Grade. The exam will be 1hr 30 mins long.
  • We are no longer studying: Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Knowledge Booklets: Students have knowledge booklets for each of the units we study; both in a printed out copy and electronically on Teams. Please encourage students to use these at home on a weekly basis, particularly if they have missed lessons.

Home Learning: All Year 11 History lessons are on Teams, with a recorded PPT for each lesson. If students miss lessons, they are expected to use these resources to catch up on work missed. There are numerous useful revision sites for additional support such as BBC Bitesize, Edexcel GCSE History Revision YouTube clips, John D Clare net and many more.

Mock Exam: After October half-term, students will be completing a Mock Exam in lessons. This will be a Crime and Punishment paper (excluding the Whitechapel section) and will test their progress since our return in September. Please encourage revision for this.

Contact Information:

Mrs Rich: LRich@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Hannah: LHannah@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss Knox: kknox@ems.bhcet.org.uk

As you may be aware there have been significant changes to the 2021 exams in Modern Foreign Language which will affect your child if they are taking French, German or Spanish this summer. Previously the grade was divided equally between listening, reading, writing and speaking skills (25% each) but for the exams in summer 2020 there will be no speaking exam. The remaining skills will be weighted 33.3% each.

With greater weighting on the listening and reading papers, vocabulary learning is key. Your child will be familiar with the online resources we use and recommend in school: Quizlet / langueagesonline.co.uk / BBC bitesize. They should ensure they use these regularly in their exam revision. BBC bitesize is particularly good for listening practice, which can be a tricky skill to practise at home.

Students all have vocabulary books with essential words divided into topics. They are set vocabulary learning regularly for homework so please ensure the necessary time is spent on this. These vocab books are on Teams for any students who may have mislaid their copy and can be printed off at any time.

The writing paper requires students to produce two pieces of extended writing in the target language. They are very familiar with the format of these as they have been practising them in key task assessments since Year 10. Students have been provided with knowledge organisers and sentence builders by their teacher which identify key structures to use in their written work. They should learn these carefully as dictionaries are not allowed in the exam.

If you have any questions about your child’s exam in French, German or Spanish, please contact school and the relevant teacher will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Staff emails for contact:

Mrs L Henderson – LHenderson@ems.bhect.org.uk
Mrs J Evans – Jevans@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs S York – Syork@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs L Turnbull – Lturnbull@ems.bhcet.org.uk

GCSE Maths has changed and getting more demanding for everyone:

  • The volume of subject content has increased.
  • The demand of that content is increasing too, with harder topics being introduced. This is true for both your Foundation Tier students and Higher Tier students.
  • The total time for the examinations is increasing, from 3 ½ hours to 4 ½ hours. All exams will be sat at the end of the course.
  • There are fewer marks at the lower grades and more marks at the higher grades at both Foundation Tier and Higher Tier.
  • A new grading structure has been introduced, from grade 9 to 1, to replace the familiar A* to G grading scale.
  • In the assessments there’s a greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning, with more marks now being allocated to these higher-order skills.
  • Students will be required to memorise formulae – fewer formulae will be provided in examinations.

Together these changes are designed to help students emerge from GCSE Maths with a level of confidence and fluency that will provide a genuine foundation for the rest of their learning and working lives.

Students in Year 10 and 11 follow the Foundation or Higher course.

  • The foundation course is followed by: 11X4, 11U4, 11X5 & 11U5
  • The higher course is followed by: 11X1, 11U1, 11X2, 11U2, 11X3 & 11U3

Contact Information:

Mr Murray: lmurray@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Edmundson: cedmundson@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr Carswell: gcarswell@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss Collin: acollin@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr Fender: dfender@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss Jackson: ljackson@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr Barnes: cbarnes@ems.bhcet.org.uk

As you may be aware Ofqual have made a number of changes to the 2021 GCSE Music examination, particularly in regards to coursework expectations. Both the performance and composition element (worth 30% of the course each) have had the required content cut by half. Students only need to submit a solo performance and a free composition. The weighting of these components, however, has not changed.

In order to utilise lesson time most effectively the students’ free composition will be expected to be completed by Friday 18th December. This will enable us to maximise revision time from January to prepare for the listening exam in June.

The timetabled performance recordings, as usual, will take place at the beginning of February however students can record at any point in Y11 and can record as many times as they like. The more recordings we have to choose from, the better chance your son/daughter has of getting the mark they deserve. We would recommend students try to have at least three recordings before the end of January. This is particularly important in the current climate as if students are in self-isolation during the timetabled recording period we will need use to earlier recordings to submit to the exam board.

The final 40% of the course is the listening exam in June. There are numerous resources on Teams and MusicFirst to help your son/daughter prepare for the exam. It is vitally important students are regularly looking over their revision notes and listening to the set works.

If you have any further questions regarding GCSE Music please contact one of us via our email address below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Mr McAllister- amcallister@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Downing- adowning@ems.bhcet.org.uk

  • Revision guide is on Parentpay and STEP focusing on filling in GAPS from lockdown in specific target groups.
  • Use GCSEPod & Mr McMillan REvise for out of lesson revision.

Teacher Contacts:

Mr Dunn: ndunn@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Skinner-Howe: lskinnerhowe@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Hickey: lhickey@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Blaylock: rblaylock@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr Morrison amorrison@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Ryan: rryan@ems.bhcet.org.uk

Exam board information: All Science GCSEs are administered by the AQA board. The courses are:

  • Combined science: Trilogy (double award)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Key information: 

  • 6 Exams in total (2 in Biology, 2 in Chemistry, 2 in Physics)
  • No coursework
  • Combined science – exams are 1hr 15mins
  • Separate Sciences – exams are 1hr 45mins
  • Combined science students will achieve a single qualification called combined science worth 2 GCSEs. Grades will look like this 6-6 or 8-7.
  • Separate science students will achieve 3 grades e.g. Biology 6, Chemistry 7, Physics 9

Support in School:

  • Monday night STEP – Small group targeted intervention
  • Revision guides available soon to order via the parent app and parent pay. (Many students already have one after purchasing them in Y9 or Y10)

Support outside school:

  • BBC bitesize website
  • Microsoft TEAMS
    • Shared resources from teachers in school – Students access using their school email address and password.
    • Opportunity to ask staff questions.
  • SENECA learning
    • Online revision tool – free to sign up contains revision materials and has online quizzes
  • AQA.org.uk
    • Exam board website – lots of past papers and information

Contact Information:

Mr Baker: ebaker@ems.bhcet.org.uk

Due to last year being cut short and resulting in lockdown, we were unable to continue with assessing students to see if they qualified for exam concessions. However, can I re-assure you that we are now able to proceed with this process and there is still time for any concession to be put in place for the forthcoming exams.

If you child has already been granted a concession, could I urge you to remind and encourage them to use this within their lessons and during key assessments as it must be their normal way of working.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss things in greater detail with me please do not hesitate to contact me either my email or telephone.

Mrs S. Irvine – sirvine@ems.bhcet.org.uk

The exam board (AQA) have made the following changes to the course:

  • Reduced practical assessments from 3 sports to 2.

These sports can be both individual, both team or one of each.

  • Moderation for practical assessment is now to be submitted via video evidence as opposed to ‘live’.
  • Marks for the non-examined units known as NEA (practical & written coursework) will make up 40% of the final grade.

How this affects your child:

  • Written coursework is now worth a greater amount of marks than previous.
  • 12 Students will be selected from a range of scores and filmed performing both the skill and games element in one sport, in order to be sent off for moderation.

Course progress and the way forward: During the lockdown period students focused on the written coursework element. The deadline for submission is October half term. After this time only minor changes will be made where additional marks are clearly able to be gained. The remaining lesson time will focus on the theoretical content and help best prepare the students for the two written GCSE papers next summer.

Support: Since the start of term support sessions have been available to attend every morning 7.30-8.30am (students simply need to book a slot). These sessions allow students to seek additional help and guidance for the written coursework and theoretical content revision, these opportunities will continue throughout the year. Some students will also be asked to attend the STEP programme to further support and enhance learning currently taking place 3-4pm Tuesdays.

Contact Information:

Mrs Chapman: cchapman@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss Parker: vparker@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ All Art Subjects
  • All students must continue to work independently outside of school to strengthen and support classwork.
  • All students must endeavour to address personal targets, housed in sketchbooks or on PowerPoint slides issued by their art teachers, to further enhance progress.
  • All students must continue to access TEAMS and navigate to their relevant art subject channel to utilise all usual classroom resources.

Staff emails for contact:

Mr L Meynell ( Year 11 Photography) – lmeynell@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr A Pearson ( Year 11 Art and Design) – Apearson@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr D Carless ( Year 11 3D Art ) – Dcarless@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss L McHugh ( Year 11 Art Textiles ) – Lmchugh@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Business Studies

The exam board used by the Business department has made no changes to the 2020/21 GCSE qualification, following the national lockdown of 2020.

Therefore, assessment will take place in the usual order:

Paper 1 (1 hr 30 mins) This paper will test student’s knowledge on Business Activity, Marketing and People. All three of these units were taught in Year 10.

Paper 2 (1hr 30 mins) This paper will test students’ knowledge on Operations, Finance and External Influences. These units are taught in Year 11.

Students have been advised to purchase the ‘My Revision Notes, OCR GCSE Business Studies Revision Guide’ By Michael Schofield. This can be purchased from most bookstores or alternatively you could use Amazon.

STEP sessions are being held on a Wednesday in room 206, after school, for those students who have been most affected by the lockdown and are displaying obvious gaps in their learning.

Contact Information:

Mrs Hughes – hhughes@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ BTEC Sport

Pearson made the decision to allow teachers to moderate and give students a grade for any units which were planned to be completed during March – July 2020. The year 11 cohort were due to sit their Unit 1 exam in April 2020 and complete unit 2 in the summer term.

How this affects your child:Each student has been given a grade for unit 1 and unit 2, equating to 50% of their course being completed.

Course progress and the way forward: During the end of the summer term and summer holidays, students started unit 6. This is a sports leadership unit, where the they will develop understanding and skills of a sports leader.

Students have attempted Learning Aim A, they have received feedback on this assignment and have until the start of November to complete it.

Learning Aim B, is a practical leadership assignment. Students have planned sessions and are beginning to build up confidence to deliver the session. Prior to Covid-19, this assignment was to be delivered to year 7 students. Unfortunately, due to the bubble set up, this cannot be carried out, so students will have to lead others within their year group. We understand this adds concerns to your child, as they may feel uncomfortable leading their peers. However, we are doing all we can to support your child to build up their confidence and we will be taking the situation into consideration.

The final part of unit 6, is evaluating their performance as a leader. This will be completed as a written report.

The final unit to be completed will begin in January. Students will be learning about the musculoskeletal system and complete written tasks for their assignments.

Students will not complete any exams for BTEC Sport in Summer 2021.

Support: Students are repeatedly encouraged to contact Mrs Corcoran via email or Teams, either during an isolation period or for feedback/assistance with work.

Students have been encouraged to send any improvements of the Learning Aim A assignment as soon as they have adapted it, so it can be checked and reviewed by Mrs Corcoran.

Some students have been selected to attend STEP on a Thursday 3-3:45pm. This will continue throughout the year with a focus on different students.

If your child has to isolate, each lesson is recorded and shared on Teams with the worksheets relevant to the lesson. Students are expected to complete the work and have it fully complete on return to school. Mrs Corcoran also shares exemplar work, for students to use as a guide.

If your child isolates during the practical delivery date of the sports leadership session, they will be expected to complete the assignment on return to school and meet further deadlines.

Contact Information:

Mrs Chapman: cchapman@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss Parker: vparker@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Child Development

Students undertake three units of work in this subject; R018 Health and Well-being for Child Development, which is an examination, this is usually taken in Year 10 to allow the students the opportunity of a re-sit in Year 11 and constitutes 50% of their overall mark.

R019 Understanding the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years and R020 Understanding the development of children from birth to five years; both coursework units and contribute 25% each of the student’s overall grade.

The full content of R018 was not taught in year 10 and the students did not sit this examination in the summer of 2020 as planned. The students will take this exam in January 2021, with the opportunity of a re-sit in summer 2021. The students have been taught the remaining part of the specification in lessons and in STEP on Wednesday nights.

The students will complete R019 as planned after the January examination. The exam board have agreed that the students will not complete R020 as this unit requires the students to complete a child observational study, this obviously cannot be completed in the current circumstances. Therefore, OCR have presently agreed that R018 and R019 will be sufficient evidence in order that the student may successfully complete this course.

If you have any questions about your child’s studies in Health and Social Care or Child Development, please contact Mrs Walsh (Head of Health and Social Care) or your child’s teacher:

Mrs M Walsh mwalsh@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Ms J Bell jbell@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Computer Science

During the Computer Science course all students must undertake a 20-hour Non-Examined Assessment – this can now be completed at home as part of the changes made to the 2021 examination series.

Your child has completed around 10 hours of this during lessons and must now complete the remaining time at home. Any students who don’t show significant levels of progress will be asked to stay behind after school to complete the remaining hours as the NEA is a requirement set by the exam board. It will also be very advantageous for students when completing their Paper 2 examination in June 2021.

The course comprises of 2 papers, both weighted 50% of your child’s final grade, these include:

  • Paper 1 – Computer Systems
  • Paper 2 – Algorithms and Programming

It is anticipated that all remaining course content will be covered in lesson, along with re-addressing content that was covered during the school closure.

All students will also be provided with a revision guide specifically created around the specification they are studying.

Any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Email: Mr Draper – ddraper@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Creative iMedia

Under normal circumstances in Creative iMedia, students would have been required to complete four units, each worth 25% of their overall grade – one external examination and three coursework units. In the Summer of 2020, students were due to sit their Creative iMedia exam whilst in Year 10. Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, the exam was cancelled. Most of Year 10 was focused around preparation for the exam and the content of R081 – Pre-Production Skills, meaning we would have had to complete three coursework units in Year 11.

Under the current guidance issued by OCR in relation to Cambridge Nationals, students with three units left to be taken this year now must only take two unit assessments. This means that students will not have to complete the external exam and are able to complete two

coursework units instead of the usual requirement of three. These coursework units will be centre-assessed by their class teacher and then externally moderated.

The following information gives an overview of what students will now be completing throughout the course of Year 11:

  • R082 – Creating Digital Graphics
    • The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines, and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.
  • R084 – Storytelling with a Comic Strip
    • The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the basics of comic strip creation. It will enable them to interpret a client brief, use planning and preparation techniques and to create their own comic strip using digital techniques.

For questions, please contact:

Miss Malcolmson – bmalcolmson@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Engineering

All Y11 students were supposed to sit the Unit 3 exam last summer when they were still in Y10. Lockdown obviously stopped this from happening but because the students had been entered for this exam prior to lockdown, the exam board asked for predicted grades to be submitted (for this exam only – not the overall qualification) and have since said they will honour these grades. These grades were based on how well students had performed in their Key Tasks prior to lockdown. This means all Y11 students already have a grade for Unit 3 which has been shared with them in lessons in recent weeks. The current intention is that students will still sit the exam next summer (as originally planned) and the best grade achieved for Unit 3 will be used when calculating the overall final grade for the qualification.

Students must still complete two coursework units, however, the exam board have removed some of the content from these units to alleviate some pressure and compensate for time lost. As a result of this, students do not to have include as many processes when making their practical product for Unit 2 and they also don’t need to evaluate the product they manufacture (section AC4.2). In Unit 1 students don’t have to complete section AC1.2 which would normally require them to analyse and evaluate how aeroplanes fly and the different forces involved with this. Again, these decisions have been made by the exam board as they acknowledge that in a subject like Engineering that is heavily coursework based, a lot of the work (particularly the practical) couldn’t be completed at home during lockdown and given the time missed, it would be unfair to expect the current Y11’s to complete as much work as previous cohorts.

· If you have any questions or queries regarding any of this, please contact:

Mr C Duffy (Head of Department) – cduffy@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ English / English Literature

You may be aware that there will be some changes to GCSE English Literature exams in 2021. AQA have reduced the options so that students are only examined on three texts rather than four. This means that your son or daughter will study and be examined in:

  • · Shakespeare: Macbeth
  • · Modern Drama: An Inspector Calls
  • · Anthology Poetry: Power and Conflict

There will still be two papers to sit, but the texts will be spread across them, with an additional “unseen poetry” element:

  • · Paper 1: Anthology Poetry and Modern Drama
  • · Paper 2: Shakespeare and Unseen Poetry

It is very important that students continue to work with these texts over the coming months, becoming very familiar with all elements. All teaching PowerPoints, videos and additional materials are/will be available on Teams (both class and Y11 English Teams) and students are expected to access these regularly. Please also encourage students to use GCSE Pod, BBC Bitesize and https://www.sparknotes.com/ to assist with revision.

There are no planned changes to the written exam papers for English language. There will be two exam papers:

  • · Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • · Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Students will begin work on these papers in the Spring Term.

If you have any questions about your child’s studies in English and/or English Literature, please contact Mrs Asensio (Head of KS4 English) or your child’s English teacher:

Mrs Asensio dasensio@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Ms Lee-Bugby alee-bugby@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs A Savage asavage@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs C East ceast@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs L Cordon lcordon@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs C Madden cmadden@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Geography

As you may be aware, there have been some minimal changes to the 2021 exams in Geography which will affect your child if they are taking Geography as a GCSE exam this summer (this summer only)

  1. 1. Fieldwork is not required. (this would have been carried out at the end of year 10)
  2. 2. There will be no questions about student’s own fieldwork experience in the exam as a result.

The exam will continue to be 3 papers with amendment made to paper 3 only. There are no other planned changes to the content or assessments for GCSE Geography.

  • Paper 1: Living with the physical environment and Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment will be assessed as normal.
  • Paper 3: Geographical applications, Section A (Issue Evaluation) remains unchanged. The pre-release materials will be released 12 weeks before the exam, as normal. Question 4 in Section B (unfamiliar fieldwork) remains unchanged. Question 5 has been removed reducing the overall marks on this paper from 76 to 56 marks (a removal of 20 marks). There will still be 6 marks of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) available for this 8035/3 paper. The 3 marks of SPaG attached to the 9-mark question in Section B (now removed) will be re-allocated to a 6-mark question in Section A of the paper. The total time allocation for the 8035/3 paper will reduce from 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour.

If you have any questions about your child’s exam in Geography, please contact school and the relevant teacher will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Mrs A Martindale amartindale@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs M Spoors mspoors@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs D Frettsome dfrettsome@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr L Nicholson lnicholson@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Health & Social Care

Students undertake 3 components of work in the two years they study the subject. Component 1 Human Lifespan Development is a unit of work they complete in year 10. Pearson made the decision in the summer to allow the teachers to moderate any of component 1 that students did not get to fully complete during March and July 2020, and that they would be given a grade for this work.

How this affects your child: Each student has been given a grade for Component 1 equating to 33% of their course being completed so far.

Course progress so far: Component 2 Health and Social Care Service and Values is a unit comprising of a learning aim A and B. Learning Aim, A partly includes a week’s work experience. As a result of Covid 19 the students did not get to fully complete this and have completed a set of role plays to successfully complete this part of their coursework at school.

The year 11 cohort are due to undertake the Component 3 Health and Wellbeing examination in February 2021. The students are currently studying this module of work in school. The students completed an exam revision booklet during the summer to help bridge any knowledge gaps. This booklet has been marked and most students are well equipment to complete this examination successfully.

When the students have completed the examination, they will move onto the final part of Component 2 Learning Aim B.

Students are encouraged to contact Mrs Walsh or Ms Bell via TEAMS or email if they need any assistance and if they have to isolate are asked to join the lesson live via TEAMS. The department also runs a STEP night on a Tuesday for any students who need further help or have fallen behind for any reason.

If you have any questions about your child’s studies in Health and Social Care or Child Development, please contact Mrs Walsh (Head of Health and Social Care) or your child’s teacher:

Mrs M Walsh mwalsh@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Ms J Bell jbell@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ History

Exam Changes: We are pleased to inform you that the changes to the exam board for Edexcel History mean that we only need to study three of the four units of our course, relieving a lot of time pressure. Therefore, the three units we are completing are:

  • Unit 1 – Crime and Punishment, c.1000-present. The question paper is out of 48 marks. Section A is on Whitechapel and tests the use of primary sources. It is worth 16 marks. Section B is on Crime and Punishment 1000c to present day and tests knowledge and explanation skills. Section B is marked out of 32. Overall this unit is worth 37.5% of the overall GCSE Grade. The exam will be 1 hr 15 mins long.
  • Unit 2B – Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88. The question paper is out of 32 marks and is worth 25% of the overall GCSE Grade. This exam tests knowledge and explanation skills. The exam will be 55 minutes long.
  • Unit 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919-39. The paper is worth 48 marks (+4 SPaG), Section A tests the use of primary sources and explanation skills. It is worth 16 marks and 12.5% of the overall grade. Section B tests the use of historians and their interpretations of history. It is worth 32 marks and 25% of the total Grade. This unit is worth 37.5% of the Total GCSE Grade. The exam will be 1hr 30 mins long.
  • We are no longer studying: Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Knowledge Booklets: Students have knowledge booklets for each of the units we study; both in a printed out copy and electronically on Teams. Please encourage students to use these at home on a weekly basis, particularly if they have missed lessons.

Home Learning: All Year 11 History lessons are on Teams, with a recorded PPT for each lesson. If students miss lessons, they are expected to use these resources to catch up on work missed. There are numerous useful revision sites for additional support such as BBC Bitesize, Edexcel GCSE History Revision YouTube clips, John D Clare net and many more.

Mock Exam: After October half-term, students will be completing a Mock Exam in lessons. This will be a Crime and Punishment paper (excluding the Whitechapel section) and will test their progress since our return in September. Please encourage revision for this.

Contact Information:

Mrs Rich: LRich@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Hannah: LHannah@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss Knox: kknox@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Languages

As you may be aware there have been significant changes to the 2021 exams in Modern Foreign Language which will affect your child if they are taking French, German or Spanish this summer. Previously the grade was divided equally between listening, reading, writing and speaking skills (25% each) but for the exams in summer 2020 there will be no speaking exam. The remaining skills will be weighted 33.3% each.

With greater weighting on the listening and reading papers, vocabulary learning is key. Your child will be familiar with the online resources we use and recommend in school: Quizlet / langueagesonline.co.uk / BBC bitesize. They should ensure they use these regularly in their exam revision. BBC bitesize is particularly good for listening practice, which can be a tricky skill to practise at home.

Students all have vocabulary books with essential words divided into topics. They are set vocabulary learning regularly for homework so please ensure the necessary time is spent on this. These vocab books are on Teams for any students who may have mislaid their copy and can be printed off at any time.

The writing paper requires students to produce two pieces of extended writing in the target language. They are very familiar with the format of these as they have been practising them in key task assessments since Year 10. Students have been provided with knowledge organisers and sentence builders by their teacher which identify key structures to use in their written work. They should learn these carefully as dictionaries are not allowed in the exam.

If you have any questions about your child’s exam in French, German or Spanish, please contact school and the relevant teacher will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Staff emails for contact:

Mrs L Henderson – LHenderson@ems.bhect.org.uk
Mrs J Evans – Jevans@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs S York – Syork@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs L Turnbull – Lturnbull@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Maths

GCSE Maths has changed and getting more demanding for everyone:

  • The volume of subject content has increased.
  • The demand of that content is increasing too, with harder topics being introduced. This is true for both your Foundation Tier students and Higher Tier students.
  • The total time for the examinations is increasing, from 3 ½ hours to 4 ½ hours. All exams will be sat at the end of the course.
  • There are fewer marks at the lower grades and more marks at the higher grades at both Foundation Tier and Higher Tier.
  • A new grading structure has been introduced, from grade 9 to 1, to replace the familiar A* to G grading scale.
  • In the assessments there’s a greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning, with more marks now being allocated to these higher-order skills.
  • Students will be required to memorise formulae – fewer formulae will be provided in examinations.

Together these changes are designed to help students emerge from GCSE Maths with a level of confidence and fluency that will provide a genuine foundation for the rest of their learning and working lives.

Students in Year 10 and 11 follow the Foundation or Higher course.

  • The foundation course is followed by: 11X4, 11U4, 11X5 & 11U5
  • The higher course is followed by: 11X1, 11U1, 11X2, 11U2, 11X3 & 11U3

Contact Information:

Mr Murray: lmurray@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Edmundson: cedmundson@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr Carswell: gcarswell@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss Collin: acollin@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr Fender: dfender@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss Jackson: ljackson@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr Barnes: cbarnes@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Music

As you may be aware Ofqual have made a number of changes to the 2021 GCSE Music examination, particularly in regards to coursework expectations. Both the performance and composition element (worth 30% of the course each) have had the required content cut by half. Students only need to submit a solo performance and a free composition. The weighting of these components, however, has not changed.

In order to utilise lesson time most effectively the students’ free composition will be expected to be completed by Friday 18th December. This will enable us to maximise revision time from January to prepare for the listening exam in June.

The timetabled performance recordings, as usual, will take place at the beginning of February however students can record at any point in Y11 and can record as many times as they like. The more recordings we have to choose from, the better chance your son/daughter has of getting the mark they deserve. We would recommend students try to have at least three recordings before the end of January. This is particularly important in the current climate as if students are in self-isolation during the timetabled recording period we will need use to earlier recordings to submit to the exam board.

The final 40% of the course is the listening exam in June. There are numerous resources on Teams and MusicFirst to help your son/daughter prepare for the exam. It is vitally important students are regularly looking over their revision notes and listening to the set works.

If you have any further questions regarding GCSE Music please contact one of us via our email address below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Mr McAllister- amcallister@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Downing- adowning@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ RE
  • Revision guide is on Parentpay and STEP focusing on filling in GAPS from lockdown in specific target groups.
  • Use GCSEPod & Mr McMillan REvise for out of lesson revision.

Teacher Contacts:

Mr Dunn: ndunn@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Skinner-Howe: lskinnerhowe@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Hickey: lhickey@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Blaylock: rblaylock@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr Morrison amorrison@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mrs Ryan: rryan@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ Science

Exam board information: All Science GCSEs are administered by the AQA board. The courses are:

  • Combined science: Trilogy (double award)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Key information: 

  • 6 Exams in total (2 in Biology, 2 in Chemistry, 2 in Physics)
  • No coursework
  • Combined science – exams are 1hr 15mins
  • Separate Sciences – exams are 1hr 45mins
  • Combined science students will achieve a single qualification called combined science worth 2 GCSEs. Grades will look like this 6-6 or 8-7.
  • Separate science students will achieve 3 grades e.g. Biology 6, Chemistry 7, Physics 9

Support in School:

  • Monday night STEP – Small group targeted intervention
  • Revision guides available soon to order via the parent app and parent pay. (Many students already have one after purchasing them in Y9 or Y10)

Support outside school:

  • BBC bitesize website
  • Microsoft TEAMS
    • Shared resources from teachers in school – Students access using their school email address and password.
    • Opportunity to ask staff questions.
  • SENECA learning
    • Online revision tool – free to sign up contains revision materials and has online quizzes
  • AQA.org.uk
    • Exam board website – lots of past papers and information

Contact Information:

Mr Baker: ebaker@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ SEND - Exam Concessions

Due to last year being cut short and resulting in lockdown, we were unable to continue with assessing students to see if they qualified for exam concessions. However, can I re-assure you that we are now able to proceed with this process and there is still time for any concession to be put in place for the forthcoming exams.

If you child has already been granted a concession, could I urge you to remind and encourage them to use this within their lessons and during key assessments as it must be their normal way of working.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss things in greater detail with me please do not hesitate to contact me either my email or telephone.

Mrs S. Irvine – sirvine@ems.bhcet.org.uk

+ PE

The exam board (AQA) have made the following changes to the course:

  • Reduced practical assessments from 3 sports to 2.

These sports can be both individual, both team or one of each.

  • Moderation for practical assessment is now to be submitted via video evidence as opposed to ‘live’.
  • Marks for the non-examined units known as NEA (practical & written coursework) will make up 40% of the final grade.

How this affects your child:

  • Written coursework is now worth a greater amount of marks than previous.
  • 12 Students will be selected from a range of scores and filmed performing both the skill and games element in one sport, in order to be sent off for moderation.

Course progress and the way forward: During the lockdown period students focused on the written coursework element. The deadline for submission is October half term. After this time only minor changes will be made where additional marks are clearly able to be gained. The remaining lesson time will focus on the theoretical content and help best prepare the students for the two written GCSE papers next summer.

Support: Since the start of term support sessions have been available to attend every morning 7.30-8.30am (students simply need to book a slot). These sessions allow students to seek additional help and guidance for the written coursework and theoretical content revision, these opportunities will continue throughout the year. Some students will also be asked to attend the STEP programme to further support and enhance learning currently taking place 3-4pm Tuesdays.

Contact Information:

Mrs Chapman: cchapman@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss Parker: vparker@ems.bhcet.org.uk