Standards

Attendance and Punctuality

If you want to be successful you need to attend all your lessons. Good attendance is also very important for employment, further training or higher education.  Attendance will be monitored carefully and your Tutor will discuss any concerns with you. Senior staff will contact you, and contact home, if there are attendance issues.

Poor punctuality means that you will miss out on learning and  disrupt the start of the lesson. Punctuality will be monitored carefully and your Tutor will discuss any concerns with you. Senior staff will contact you, and contact home, if there are punctuality issues.

Preparation and Organisation

We will provide you will a pack of dividers for each of your subjects.  You need to provide a file for each subject.  Units of work should be clearly separated by dividers.  Your marked work should be clearly visible in your file.  Your subject files will be required for work scrutiny.  You will be requested to bring your files and talk about your work with either your subject teacher or a senior member of staff.  You also need to ensure you have a pen, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, ruler etc. In some subjects you may require additional equipment.

Organisational conventions:

  1. Ensure any worksheets, information sheets etc. are kept in the correct section of your file.
  2. Students must also indicate at the start of each piece of work whether it is homework, classwork, coursework etc. Also the type of work it is eg. an essay, an exercise (questions), notes, information, a practical or similar.
  3. Write in blue or black ink.
  4. Your handwriting must be tidy, clear and easily read.
  5. A high standard of English  is required in all subjects at all times.
  6. All work should have the date in the margin, title and, where necessary, sub-titles.
  7. Highlight titles by underlining them to show the start of a new piece of work.
  8. Rule off at the end of each piece of work.
  9. Draw all diagrams, tables etc. in pencil, unless otherwise advised by the subject teacher. Diagrams and tables should have a title in ink.
  10. Read your work, before submitting it, to check for errors.
  11. If the teacher writes a comment about your work then write a reply describing the action you are going to take.
  12. If you have any concerns about your work, or do not understand anything, please raise these concerns directly with your teacher at the end of the lesson.

 

Grades

You will have a Target Grade (TG) for every subject that you study. This is based on the qualifications you already have at the start of the course.  We use Target Grades to assess your progress in each subject. You will also receive Key Assessment Grades and Teacher Assessed Grades each term throughout the year.  This will show how you are progressing.

Literacy

Literacy covers the key communication skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing.   Your work will be marked to help you improve your spelling, punctuation and expression, and there will be opportunities to present to small and large groups to improve your speaking skills.

Homework and Independent Study

Your subject teachers will set you regular work to do on your own or in a group outside of lesson time. If you want to be successful you must complete the work set to the best of your ability. You should expect to complete a minimum of 6 hours a week of independent study in each subject in addition to your timetabled lessons.  Independent study can include:

  • Homework
  • Research
  • Assignment work
  • Independent study
  • Reading sections of a textbook or a whole text
  • Reading and completing work sheets
  • Downloading materials from the Frog VLE
  • Reading academic journals in the Library/LRC
  • Writing essay plans
  • Writing essays
  • Working on an assignment
  • Preparing a presentation
  • Completing practical tasks
  • Revising

 

If you want the highest grades you should:

  • Go back over your class notes each evening and make further notes.
  • Review relevant materials on the Frog VLE.
  • Undertake extended reading to prepare for lessons.
  • Watch or listen to relevant documentaries.
  • Undertake extended research about the topic.

 

Feedback

Feedback may include:

  • Marks and grades given for assignments.
  • Comments to indicate areas to improve.
  • Verbal feedback to groups or classes.
  • Peer-assessment (when students review each other’s work).
  • Self- assessment (when you look at the strengths and areas for improvement in your own work).
  • Model answers.
  • Mark schemes.
  • Summary of progress to date.
  • A check-list of tasks to be done to show items completed successfully.
  • Margin notes.
  • 1-2-1 discussion.
  • Grade descriptors or marking criteria so that you know exactly what you need to do to get higher grades.
  • Past examination (or test) papers.
  • e-mail advice.
  • Tutor comments on draft work.

 

Ensure you use all feedback:

  • Read / listen to feedback carefully.
  • Write it in your own words (to help to remember it better).
  • Respond to feedback verbally or in writing.
  • Create an Action Plan with targets and actions required to meet them.
  • Identify the areas for improvement to achieve a higher grade.
  • Ask questions in class.
  • Make notes of verbal feedback in lessons in your file.
  • Re-read when ready to hand in next piece of work.
  • Discuss with a teacher/ peer / mentor.

 

If you don’t understand any feedback given to you then ask your subject teacher.