Useful Documents & Links
- HELPFUL LINKS
Here's a list of helpful links for sixth form leaders. Feel free to suggest others by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER GRADES 2021
- JCQ Centre Guidance on the Determination of Grades - details
- Centre Policy Summary Form - details
- A/AS Level grade descriptors - details
- GCSE grade descriptors - details
- Worked examples - details
Optional documents updated 26.03.21
Other information available at the time
- Sixth Form Leaders Facebook Group - Zoom session sharing approaches 02 March - watch video
- Video from a centre explaining the Summer Grades TAG process to students - watch
- Clarification of our planned approach for Standards Verification in 2021 - Pearson - 01 March - read
- A Levels/GCSEs - guidance
- BTEC and vocational qualifications Pearson announcement
- WJEC/EDUQAS (eg for diplomas like Criminology)
- Infographic for students on A Level grading
- Infographic for students on vocational grading
- Netsixthform - Head of Sixth Form Newsletter - sign up here
- University of Cambridge Teachers' Newsletter - sign up here
- University of Oxford Teachers' Newsletter - sign up here
- Registration for the PwC Quarterly Teacher Newsletter - sign up here
- LSE Free Lecture programme - details
- England - School Admissions Code - download
- England - Student finance practitioner's site - visit
- England - Ofsted - Section 5 Inspection Handbook - download
- England - Ofsted - Section 8 Inspection Handbook - download
- England - Ofsted - Inspecting the curriculum - download
- England - Post-16 Funding – how it works
- England - Qualifications approved for ESFA funding - check
- England - 'Relationships education and sex education and health education' - statutory from 2020 - download
- Scotland - Highers Exam timetable 2020 – visit
- Scotland - Inspection Framework 2020 - visit
- Scotland - student finance practitioners's site - visit
Useful websites for choosing universities
- www.ucas.com - Central organisation for applications in the UK
- www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk - League tables plus more on aspects of Higher Education
- www.purepotential.org - Information on HE, personal statements, careers, grad schemes, opportunities.
- unistats.direct.gov.uk - Government HE statistics for comparison
- www.bestcourse4me.com - Useful for information on career paths
- www.opendays.com - Great web site to find university open days
- www.push.co.uk - Quirky guide to UK universities ands their locations
Web sites for advisers
- UCAS: Key dates - view
- www.ucas.com/advisers - Very helpful adviser site
- www.gov.uk/browse/education - UK government information about HE
- www.ref.ac.uk - Research assessment results
- www.universitiesuk.ac.uk - Body representing UK universities
Web sites to support with employability
- www.educationandemployers.org - free support (talks and online) for the state sector
- www.workingoptions.org.uk - free support (talks and online) for schools and colleges
- www.amazingapprenticeships.com - free apprenticeship resources and support for talks plus information for parents
PSHE and self-help web sites to pass on to students in need
Source: Some information below provided by Amy Winehouse Foundation who are worth looking at for your sixth form PSHE programme for their work on resilience, drug and alcohol addiction.
Children and teenagers
A free, 24 hour counselling service that allows young people to get help and advice on a wide range of topics. Their website allows you to talk to a counsellor online or post on their message boards.www.childline.org.uk Call 0800 1111
- Together for Short Lives
A leading UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.
- The Mix
The UK’s leading support service for young people under 25, The Mix can help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.
Whatever you're going through, and any age, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free
- Amy Winehouse Foundation
The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. We also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential. www.amywinehousefoundation...
- Action on Addiction
Working with people affected by drug and alcohol problems, this charity works in the areas of research, prevention and treatment as well as providing education and family support services.
One of the UK’s leading drug, alcohol and mental health charities.
- Al Anon
Providing support to teenagers, families and anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
Groups that take place throughout the country, enabling people struggling with alcohol dependency and misuse to maintain sobriety through peer support.
A charity offering professional support to families, friends and carers of young people who have developed problems with drugs.
- Narcotics Anonymous
Membership is open to anyone with a drug problem seeking help, regardless of what drug or combination of drugs have been used, and irrespective of age, sex, religion, race, creed or class. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs.
- UK Smart Recovery
Teaching rational, easy to learn and self-empowering skills to help participants abstain from any addictive behaviour and to develop a lifestyle that supports sustained recovery.
The leading UK-wide charity providing information, help and support for people battlng with anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
This charity works with organisations across the UK to bring equality to gay, lesbian and bisexual people at home, at school and at work.
Mermaids has evolved into one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities, empowering thousands of people with its secure online communities, local community groups, helpline services, web resources, events and residential weekends. https://mermaidsuk.org.uk
Providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, as well as campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
- Rethink Mental Illness
Providing support and information to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, and helping them to recover a better quality of life.
A helpline for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.
www.thecalmzone.net0800 58 58 58
Domestic violence and victims of crime
- National Domestic Violence Helpline
Run in partnership by the charities Women’s Aid and Refuge, this free and confidential helpline offers support and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
0808 2000 247 (Freephone)
- Victim Support
A UK charity offering support for victims of crime, their families and anyone who may have witnessed a crime.
The UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, supporting 16-25 years olds with housing, learning, health and life skills.
- Period Poverty: What Is It & How Can We Help?- details
- Voting Counts Set up by a student to encourage young people to vote. Provides posters to promote voting and helpful links about elections near you. www.votingcounts.org.uk