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So Year 11 and above are ignored yet again. How does that help social mobility and mental health?

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EmpireFa11 Fri 19-Jun-20 06:34:29

They were dumped in March without warning. No exams, no news or support for retakes;some won’t get what they should have but won’t be able to appeal; the gap between schools and thus support for catch up for Alevels is huge; many have working parents and have been left alone for weeks;they’ve had very little interaction from schools and friends;mental health figures for this cohort must be dire.....

But apparently this age group are getting a big fat zero from the government. No support, no extra cash. Nothing.

Uni admissions, mental health and social mobility figures will be interesting over the next few years.hmm

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EmpireFa11 Fri 19-Jun-20 07:40:19

Bet they don’t even get a mention in the briefing.

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Todaythiscouldbe Fri 19-Jun-20 07:44:01

Year 10's have been unsupported as well. No regulation of how 'face to face' time will be implemented, had to teach themselves a third of the GCSE content. No clue if exams will be going ahead. Every age group has been forgotten in some way.

EmpireFa11 Fri 19-Jun-20 07:46:36

Year 10 will be included in the £££££ that is now going to be spent on tutoring( the gov’s answer to the school crisis). Year 11 and above get nothing.Zilch.

I have a year 10 and a year 11. The year 11 has been let down and is struggling far more.

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EmpireFa11 Fri 19-Jun-20 07:47:21

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cheninblanc Fri 19-Jun-20 07:47:55

My year 11 has had not even a phone call home. She's moving schools in September to our local sixth form and they've been great with work set. They've been treated appallingly

Todaythiscouldbe Fri 19-Jun-20 07:50:47

That's your experience, I have both too, the year 11 is fine, it's a bit rubbish but the stress of exams is taken away. Not so for the year 10 who is unbelievably
stressed by the amount of work, the possibility of long school days to catch up and the prospect of taking mock exams without really returning to school properly first.

ineedaholidaynow Fri 19-Jun-20 07:51:02

I suppose in respect of tutoring though they didn’t really miss that much new work as they would have been getting close to revision and exams. Interesting that Y12 are ignored too.

It isn’t available to all pupils either and looks as if schools will have to pay a % towards it, so in most of the schools I know there won’t be any budget for it.

I agree it has been rubbish for them though. DS is in Y10 so I am not expecting next year to be any better for him.

EmpireFa11 Fri 19-Jun-20 07:55:29

Well wouldn’t it be nice if they all got support. hmm

Year 10s get contact and support from schools and online classmates. Year 11s have had nothing.

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EmpireFa11 Fri 19-Jun-20 07:56:16

Year 10s are going to get support( allegedly) but year 11 and above will get nothing.

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Weepinggreenwillow Fri 19-Jun-20 08:00:54

well, I agree that Y11 need support, but actually they wont really need academic catch up in the same wasy as other years, which is what this latest announcement is about.
I have a Y11 dd and she has been left in a terrible position. (had to change A level choices, can no longer access the provision we had set up for, not clear where she will A levels, impossible to resolve etc) BUT I would not see any ebenfit to her being included in this tutoring plan.
The problem is that this "innitiative" fails to address the real issue of getting ALL children and young people back to school in a meaningful way in September and is actually just being used to try and distract us form the fact that there is NO plan on how this will happen.

Todaythiscouldbe Fri 19-Jun-20 08:06:31


Well wouldn’t it be nice if they all got support. hmm

Year 10s get contact and support from schools and online classmates. Year 11s have had nothing.

Some year 10's get this, not all by any means

Comefromaway Fri 19-Jun-20 08:11:34

I’ve got a year 11 Ds. Apart from welfare checks and support with choosing post 16 options he really does not need anything else.

Comefromaway Fri 19-Jun-20 08:13:32

Ds has had three phone calls, access to daily challenges if he so chose. These staying on for A levels have been given bridging tasks.

His future college set up a group and have sent some tasks through and a reading list v

MasterGland Fri 19-Jun-20 08:13:40

GCSEs will definitely go ahead. They will not allow another year without them as that will lead people to question whether we should have them at all.
If I was the parent of a year 10, I would advise them to start preparing for their mocks over the summer. I am a teacher and I will be advising my year 10s to do just that. Our year 11 have been studying transition courses.

ineedaholidaynow Fri 19-Jun-20 08:17:23

My Y10 has already been sent some revision packs.

LovelyLion Fri 19-Jun-20 08:19:18

Any half decent school will know that year 12 turning up next academic year will have had a massively mixed experience, with some doing transition work and some doing nothing for 6 months. And any half decent teacher will be able to accommodate them all.

I totally agree that there needs to be a plan for those who want to sit actual GCSE exams in the autumn though. They will need provision for teaching / revision support.

titchy Fri 19-Jun-20 08:31:06

The support is academic support so they can catch up on missed syllabus topics so they're not as disadvantaged when they take exams next year. Year 11 don't need that sort of support confused

EmpireFa11 Fri 19-Jun-20 08:44:35

It’s year 11 and above not just year 11. Also the year ended so abruptly many won’t have got up to GCSE exam level and won’t be best prepared for Alevels. The most intensive bit is done in those months up to exams, Some will have gaps. Some hadn’t finished the whole syllabus.What about year 12 and 13?

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EmpireFa11 Fri 19-Jun-20 08:46:18

Also results come out end of Aug. Aut sittings in Oct. how on earth are kids supposed to see which need to be done and find/ do work to facilitate Aut sittings?

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Rhubardandcustard Fri 19-Jun-20 15:37:38

They won’t have any formal teaching for over 5 months if (big if) they go back to sixth form in September.

Whilst they haven’t missed much of the gcse curriculum (our school hadn’t quite finished the syllabus in a few subjects when we shutdown mid March) they have missed some, which is important in those subjects especially if they are continuing to study them for a levels.

Also they will have been out of the mind set of formal studying for 5 months, doing a few bridging tasks for a levels won’t make up for that.

So I argue yes they are affected by this and may well need some extra support for a few months when they do return to school.

flamingochill Fri 19-Jun-20 15:42:20

Fucking hell. Why are y11 and above not included in the funding? Y12 often need the missed knowledge for their degrees so even if the exams are "adjusted", that's a sticking plaster rather than a remedy.

Petun1asShoes Fri 19-Jun-20 16:21:24

In my city there are no sixth forms within schools only a college. None of the city’s children 16 and above will get this. Those in the grammar school nearby will though.angry

Yellowbutterfly1 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:33:57

My year 11 has started to find A level things online To try and teach herself even though she has no idea what school she will be going to for 6th form in September or if she will be able to study the subjects (as it depends on her results and if she gets a place in the 6th forms that offer those subjects)
Had 1 call from school 2 weeks ago to confirm which 6th form have been applied to (yet didn’t have a record of the application to her current school)

That’s it. Apart from that 1 call, just forgotten about. This is also a ‘vulnerable’ child.

Paranoidmarvin Fri 19-Jun-20 18:58:26

I’m with u. My son has got nothing. Just months and months and months of not having anything to do and not able to go outside.

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