Our Year 11 Steps-to-Success programme supports students in becoming effective and successful students and leave school with the best possible outcomes, skills, knowledge and confidence to move onto the next stage of their learning journey.
We want to provide you with clarity and guidance on how Little Lever School is supporting students in their final year in school in readiness for their mock exams and summer GCSE exams.
The content below will be updated on a regular basis as to what is happening in school each week. You will be informed as to when new content is added by our usual communication channels.
- English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Spanish & Computer Science Boost
Students receive an additional three 95-minute lessons of English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Spanish & Computer Science each week based on the which subject they need more time and support in. These are reviewed on a regular basis in RAG Meetings by the Leaders of these subjects, Pastoral staff and Senior Leaders. Students can move Boost classes if we feel they have made good progress and need further support in another subject.
For example, a student may be in English Boost and have three lessons of that each week. At a RAG meeting, if feedback and data is showing improvements in English but may need support in Science, their Boost lessons will switch the next day to Science and a new timetable will be issued to the student that morning.
Parents/carers can view on their SIM Parent app which Boost class their child currently attends.
- English, Maths and Science Subject Forms
Students are also placed in morning form classes which are led by English, Maths and Science Form Tutors. Year 11 start school early at 8.30am and have a 45-minute PREP time to study our Life Chances curriculum and also receive additional teaching time and learning in the Core Subjects. Subject Forms are also reviewed in the English, Maths and Science RAG meeting and students can move forms after a certain time, so they receive additional time with an English, Maths and Science teacher each morning.
- Tuesday Boost - Spring and Summer Term
In a similar way to the English, Maths and Science Boost, Option Subjects also have Boost sessions which take place on Tuesdays each week, starting at 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Each half term, Option Subject Leaders, Pastoral staff and Senior Leaders and a Progress RAG meeting looking at feedback and data on which students need support in one of their three option subjects.
These are compulsory and part of their extended timetabled day.
For example, a student who studies Geography, Art and Media may attend Media Tuesday Boost sessions for half a term as they require additional time and support there and then switch to Art Boost sessions in the next half term as they have made good progress in Media.
There are also some English, Maths and Science Tuesday Boost classes for those students who are performing exceptional in all their Option subjects.
- October / November Mock Exams
Students have already sat and experienced a set of maths mock exams in the Summer Term of Year 10 and will sit another set of Mock Exams on the weeks either side of the October Half Term Holiday in a wider range of their subjects. The results of these mock are used to inform what areas need to be revisited in lessons and which subjects they should attend in Boost and Subject Forms.
Students will recieve their mock exam results in an assembly structured to give them a taste of what Results Day feels like. Senior staff and their form tutors were on hand to provide guidance on what to do next when they opened their results.
Below is the calendar for when those mock exams take place. Students will be issued with their own individual mock exam timetable detailing paper, start time, room and seat number.Tue 17 Oct
1 N Sc / P Ma English Literature / Paper 1 / 1h 45m SH 2 N En / P Sc 3 Option BWed 18 Oct 1 N Ma / P En Combined Science / Biology Paper 1 / 1h 15m
Separate Science / Biology Paper 1 / 1h 45m
2 N En / P Ma 3 N Sc / P ScThu 19 Oct 1 Option A 2 N PE / P En 3 BoostFri 20 Oct 1 N Ma / P En 2 Option B 3 Option C Sat 21 Oct Sun 22 OctMon 23 Oct 1 N Sc / P Ma Combined Science / Chemistry Paper 1 / 1h 15m
Separate Science / Chemistry Paper 1 / 1h 45m
2 N En / P Sc 3 Option C Business / Paper 1 /1h 45m
Computer Science / Paper 1 / 1h 40m
CRTue 24 Oct 1 N Sc / P Ma Maths / Paper 1 / 1h 30m SH 2 N En / P Sc 3 Option A Hospitality & Catering / Full Paper / 1h 30m
DIT / Paper 1 / 1h 30m
SHWed 25 Oct 1 N Ma / P En 2 N En / P PE 3 N Sc / P Sc Combined Science / Physics Paper 1 / 1h 15m SHThu 26 Oct 1 Option A Separate Science / Physics Paper 1 / 1h 45m
Computer Science / Paper 1 / 1h 40m
CR 2 N Ma / P En 3 BoostFri 27 Oct 1 N Ma / P En Maths / Paper 2 / 1h 30m SH 2 Option B Hospitality & Catering / Full Paper / 1h 30m
Business / Paper 1 /1 45m
3 Boost Sat 28 Oct Sun 29 Oct Mon 30 OctOctober Half Term Tue 31 Oct Wed 1 Nov Thu 2 Nov Fri 3 Nov Sat 4 Nov Sun 5 Nov Mon 6 Nov Tue 7 Nov Wed 8 Nov Thu 9 Nov Fri 10 Nov MAC Day (no students in school) Sat 11 Nov Sun 12 NovMon 13 Nov 1 N Sc / P Ma English Language / Paper 1 / 1h 45m SH 2 N En / P Sc 3 Option CTue 14 Nov 1 N Sc / P Ma Maths / Paper 3 / 1h 30m SH 2 N En / P Sc 3 Option BWed 15 Nov 1 N Ma / P En 2 N En / P Ma 3 N Sc / P ScThu 16 Nov 1 Option A Computer Science / Paper 2 online / 2h C1 2 N PE / P En 3 BoostFri 17 Nov 1 N Ma / P En 2 Option B 3 Option C Computer Science / Paper 2 online / 2h C3 / C4
- Pre-Exam Classes, CAMPs, All-Inclusives, Walking Talking Mocks Calendar
In the Spring term, subject teams will be offering additional intervention classes to support students on specific topics or areas which require greater depth and time.
These run before a mock exam (8am for morning exams) and go through the essential exam techniques needed to be successful. These are not a replacement for last minute revision (see our Spaced Learning section below).
These run for 2 hours after school and are used to dive further into topics and knowledge with all students taking that subject. They are held in our large study spaces and drink and food is provided for free.
Walking Talking Mocks
These sessions take place in an exam room with exam desks and a past paper. Teacher walk them through the paper provided key advice and tips on how to maximise marks for each question. The fact that this is done in the exam rooms allows students to visualise their exam and remember the guidance they have been taught.
- Revision Room
On Mondays every week there is a dedicated study space in the library called the Revision Room for Year 11 students to deliberately practice exam past papers from a full range of subjects and courses or complete one of their two 45-minute revision session which they have written in their Revision Planner.
Students are be able to pick up a printed past paper and complete it in Perfect Climate 1 under the supervision of Senior Leadership Team staff members. Mark sheets are available for students to check their answers or their papers will be sent to the relevant subject leads to check.
- Free breakfast for any Year 11 during the Mock Exams
To ensure students are properly fueled to perform at their best during their mock exams, we are offering every student a free breakfast from the dining room from 8am – 8.30am. A range of cereals, juices, fruit and toasted items are available for any Year 11 on the morning of an exam.
In addition, free tea/coffee and biscuit are available every breaktime during exam seasons.
- Year 11 Parents' Evening: Thursday 12th October
Our second Year 11 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 12th October, 4.30pm – 7.30pm. The evening will be held in school, in our Sports Hall. You will still need to make appointments to meet your child’s subject teachers using your School Cloud account.
Appointments are now live and can be made via the link below.
This evening will provide you with a range of information, guidance and practical resources to support you and your child in the lead up to, and through their GCSE exams. You will be provided with:
- a revision planner in which to structure home study times and focus on key topics,
- a face-to-face meeting with each teacher providing you with personalilsed feedback on the progress your child is making.
- Rewards and Incentives
In the Spriung Term, students who receive 100 or more net reward points totals will receive a third off the price of the summer Prom ticket.
- Everyone will be invited (as long as there are no serious misconduct issues)
- Tickets are £32 – meal, DJ, photo booth
- You can work towards a free ticket by accumulating reward points each term.
- 100 points = £10 off your ticket price
- 300 points = Free ticket!
YEAR 11 MOCK EXAM 1 REVISION PLANNER - ISSUED IN YEAR 11 ASSEMBLY ON 12TH OCTOBER 2023
- GCSE Exam Season Arrangements
For the GCSE Summer exam series, all Year 11s will be able to access the following morning facilities.
- The dining room will be open from 7.45am with a free breakfast open to any Year 11. Toast, McMuffins, fruit, tea, coffee and water are available as vital exam fuel.
- Before the start of EVERY morning exam, 8am Pre-Exam classes will be available for any student who wishes to attend.
- EVERY student must be on the yard by 8.30am at the latest ready to be registered and go through final exam checks before the start of the morning exams.
In addition, from Monday, we are making some changes to Year 11 break and lunchtimes, again to support students through this key time.
- Year 11s will now have their break and lunchtimes on their own. Year 7 will have their break and lunch with Year 9. This means Year 11s can have full access to the library to study and prepare, and the dining room to refuel and refresh themselves before the start of the afternoon exams.
- We are also extending Year 11 lunchtime from 30mins to 45mins. Lunch will start at 12.30pm to 1.15pm. However, if students have an afternoon exam, they will be asked to line up at 1pm to start their afternoon exam.
As parents/carers you can support your child by checking the night before with them which exams they have the following day (students have been given printed copies of their individual exam timetables, with times, exam room and their seat numbers). Please also check their revision planners and that they are sticking to their two 45-minute revision sessions each day. Remember, we do have the Revision Room in school to support with this.
In the run up to your child’s Summer GCSE Exam series, it’s important that not only their academic needs are being supported, but also their health and well-being.
We know that young people often regard good, long regular sleep and eating properly as a secondary consideration to wanting to socialise and interact with their friends or spend time online. Teenagers can get into bad habits with regards to being online too long, not eating nutritious meals regularly and not finding the right balance between sleep and work.
The next two weeks, leading up to their first exam and the five weeks which their exams cover, should be a time where they are looking after themselves a lot more to remain focused, refreshed and alert through what is a challenging and exhausting time.
Therefore, we have put together this guide, based on sound scientific research, to help you and your child navigate their way through the next few weeks and perform at their best, every day.
There are 3 main areas which everyone can reflect on and make positive changes to their habits; SLEEP, SCREEN TIME and STUDY FUEL.
Little Lever Revision Cycle
Our Revision Cycle is a proven structue on how students revise effectively. This sits at the heart of preparing students for their February Mocks. Please view the illustration to find out more.
Please watch the video below on how to help your child plan out their daily revision and home study and check which subjects and topics they are revising.
Please note that families must make this work for you. Whilst we recommend two 45-minute revision session each day, please work these around your own calenders and commitments.
How to revise effectively to know and remember more
To go alongside our Revision Cycle, we are delivering sessions in PREP time to all Year 11 students teaching them about the six best habits to use in becoming highly successful learners.