Thank you to AQA for agreeing to repeat the session given by Judith Rowland-Jones at our January event for the benefit of those who could not make it.
Helen’s introduction: AQA Jan 23 intro
This session will cover:
• National entry picture for French, German, Spanish – 2022 compared to 2019
• Overview of 2022 outcomes and grade boundaries
• Key messages across the skills from the 2022 exams
• Areas of focus for 2023 exams
• GCSE reform update
• Support from AQA
Ian Rodmell, Curriculum Manager AQA Languages
Ian is the Curriculum Manager at AQA in the Languages Curriculum team, with many years of experience as a former MFL head of department and Senior French editor for Authentik Language Learning before joining AQA.
Sadaf Najib, Curriculum Manager AQA Languages
Helen Myers, Chair, ALL London
Lucy to Everyone 15:57
Hi everybody from a very sunny East Sussex!
Stuart Glover to Everyone 15:58
Also sunny here in Stroud!!!
Annaleena to Everyone 15:58
Hi, I am Annaleena. I teach at Sancton Wood School in Cambridge.
Arlene McLeish to Everyone 15:58
Sunny but cold in Sheffield
Sadaf Najib to Everyone 15:58
Hi all, I am Sadaf, Curriculum Support Manager for Languages at AQA. I have previously been a Head of Department and teacher of Spanish. I hope to answer any questions you may have in the chat today.
Jasmine to Everyone 15:58
It’s even sunny in Liverpool if you believe it!
iPhone to Everyone 15:58
Hi Ghania from St Simon Stock Catholic school. Kent
I am Head of MFL.
SandraWard to Everyone 15:59
Hi! I’m Sandra from sunny but cold Leicester.
Louise Peace to Everyone 15:59
Hello, I am up in Yorkshire, I teach in Huddersfield. Sunny but cold here too
Chloe Burrows to Everyone 16:00
Hello everyone, welcome! I’m Chloe – one of two Curriculum Support Managers for AQA, and a former teacher of French and Spanish. I’ll be joining Sadaf to help with any questions in the chat today.
Ian Rodmell to Everyone 16:00
Hi everybody -I’m Ian Rodmell, Curriculum manager for languages at AQA and I’ll be presenting today. My colleagues Sadaf Najib and Chloe Burrows will be answering questions in the chat during the session so please add any questions at any point. We’ll deal with as many as we can during the session and will have some time at the end for any we’ve not had time to cover during the session. Many thanks for coming!
iPhone to Everyone 16:04
I can hear now. 😊
jeremy.farinos to Everyone 16:04
I’m a member and pleased to be here. Teacher of MFL at Westbourne Academy in Ipswich : )
Louise Peace to Everyone 16:05
I’m also a member – it is definitely worthwhile 🙂
iPhone to Everyone 16:07
Are you going to sent this presentation out to participants?
Sadaf Najib to Everyone 16:08
Yes, you will receive the slides as well as the recording of the session to watch later if needed.
Brilliant! Thank you.
Sadaf Najib 16:09
You to Everyone 16:15
Good to see you Louise!
iPhone to Everyone 16:23
I just did the higher reading 2022 with my students and they struggled with it.
Sadaf Najib 16:25
Ian is going to say a bit more in the next few slides about the structure of the papers and how questions target different abilities, if that will be helpful?
Shelley Alban to You (Direct Message) 16:24
agreed – lots of mine fell off the bottom in their recent mocks
You to Everyone 16:31
I think it is helpful to get then word ‘distractor; in our vocabulary rather than ‘traps’!
Sadaf Najib 16:34
I fully agree with you, the distractors are not there to catch the students but rather to reward and differentiate the most able students as Ian has said.
You to Everyone 16:34
That’s a really key figure isn’t it? a third of the marks for 8 (was mid point A + A* I think) and 9 (was A*). Understanding very important.,., but problem when they are comparing with other subjects where it is not so obvious what they do not understand.
Sadaf Najib to Everyone 16:41
Picking the right tier for your students can be tough. If helpful for anyone, we do have a tiering guide: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/languages/AQA-GCSE-MFL-TG-FH.PDF
Sadaf Najib to Everyone 16:42
Also available as a quick reference poster: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/languages/AQA-GCSE-MFL-TIER-GUIDE.PDF
You to Everyone 16:45
These are the posters – A3 https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/languages/AQA-GCSE-MFL-TG-TIPS-EXAM-POSTER.PDF
You to Everyone 16:45
You to Everyone 16:53
That’s a question often asked.. so it is ok just to have 4 sentences ‘il y a + noun’ in French.
Sadaf Najib 16:54
valentinamandorino to Everyone 16:55
Would you kindly share this presentation at the end of the meeting? Thank you
Chloe Burrows 16:55
Hi, yes we’ll be sharing the slides and the recording too.
You to Everyone 16:55
Yes – the video and presentation will be on this pager: https://all-london.org.uk/webinars/a-webinar-with-aqa-summer-looking-back-to-2022-and-forward-to-2023-exams/
You to Everyone 16:55
(empty at the moment!)
valentinamandorino to Everyone 16:56
Sadaf Najib to Everyone 16:57
Interactive vocab list: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/french/AQA-8652FH-SSV.XLSX
Chloe Burrows to Everyone 16:58
You can sign up to view the webinar here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse-french-spec-change
Louise Peace to Everyone 16:58
My internet died … so sorry to have missed an important half of this webinar!!
Chloe Burrows 16:59
Hi Louise, the recording will be available after this presentation to watch back.
Sadaf Najib to Everyone 17:00
You to Everyone 17:02
Louise: please feel free to stay on at the end to check on your question- in case you weren’t there when Ian covered it.
You to Everyone 17:03
Here you are, Louise ..!
iPhone to Everyone 17:04
I added 2 marks to the grade boundaries
Sadaf Najib to Everyone 17:04
We’ve had a number of enquiries about what grade boundaries to use for mock exams in the run up to the 2023 exam series. Previous grade boundaries should only ever be a guide and this year they are more tentative because of the many variables that could have an influence. These include the gradual return to 2019 awarding standards announced by Ofqual, the removal of advance information and the additional optionality on the GCSE Paper 4 Writing (allowed for 2022 only) and the continuing removal of the Ofqual requirement to test words outside the GCSE vocabulary lists (which was in place in 2019) for the 2023 and future exam series.
Our advice would therefore be:
- to mirror what will happen in summer 2023 on a national scale – mark all your mock exams, create a rank order for your students and compare this with your outcomes in previous years, and particularly from 2019.
- to set grade boundaries which would give similar outcomes to those achieved in 2019, making adjustments according to any information you have regarding the relative attainment of the two cohorts and sense checking against actual boundaries over time.
iPhone to Everyone 17:05
Resourcing the new specifications
We use Active Learn Studio
Stuart Glover to Everyone 17:06
OUP are going to try to keep their book along similar lines to the current one with a section on each theme about culture
Thank you all : )
Mathilde Bouquin to Everyone 17:08
Thank you very much for this presentation.
Marina Turmo 17:08
thank you very much!
SandraWard to You (Direct Message) 17:09
Thank you so much. That was very clear and helpful.
Severine.Bouclier to Everyone 17:09
Thank you very much for the presentation.
jeremy.farinos to Everyone 17:09
Thank you all, much appreciated. : )
Stuart Glover to Everyone 17:10
Thank you to all for a clear and informative presentation
Annaleena to You (Direct Message) 17:10
Thank you very much for the informative presentation.
Thank you very much
erica.danna to Everyone 17:11
Janet Smith 17:11
Sadaf Najib to Everyone 17:11
Thank you everyone!
A MULLAN to Everyone 17:11
KJO to Everyone 17:11
Louise Peace to Everyone 17:12
Very big thank you!
Thank you very much. Gracias