Safeguarding Young People
A visual guide created to offer parents advice on ‘Safe Smartphone Use’ for their children has been brought to our attention: https://www.tigermobiles.com/2015/05/how-to-protect-your-children-on-their-smartphone/ The guide is user friendly and can act as a quick reference for parents when discussing smartphones with their children.

Welcome back to school for the summer term.
This term brings with it warmer and hopefully sunnier days; it also brings the challenge of school or public exams. As detailed in my March letter to parents, our internal exam dates are as follows:

- Year 7 week 6th – 10th June 2016
- Year 8 week 25th - 29th April 2016
- Year 9 week 9th - 13th May 2016
- Year 10 week 6th – 10th June 2016 (art exams only)
- Year 10 week 27th - 30th June and Monday 4th July 2016.

Timetables and arrangements for students in years 11, 12 and 13 can be found at http://www.chenderit.northants.sch.uk/GCSE-Exams.asp By now, I would expect all students to have an exam revision timetable in place. A revision timetable should plot the school timetable, all exam dates, and the activities that the student would not want to miss out on. After all, students will still want to see that Saturday football match or go to a family event. Revision should take place in short spells of about 30 minutes to an hour at a time and cover all topics that will be examined. Students should be encouraged to build reward time into the timetable. For instance, a full day of revision could equal a trip to the cinema

There are some good resources which can help with the planning of a revision timetable, such as phone apps like Class Timetable, Exam Countdown and the Revision World website, which also has lots of other useful advice. A word of warning: don’t spend too long making the timetable, or revision notes look pretty. Exam timetables are great as long as they don’t become a revision avoidance technique!

Once ready to revise, students should be encouraged to find somewhere quiet – a bedroom, the school library, a grand-parent’s house – and refuse to be interrupted and distracted by, for example, social media and mobile phones.

When revising, students should be trying to replicate the conditions under which they will be sitting their exams, therefore, they should not revise in front of the television, or while listening to the radio. A proper table or desk is always best.

Students should always start by revising the most difficult topics while they are fresh in their mind rather than using their best concentration on the more straightforward ones. It is also a good idea
to mix up revision approaches by trying different techniques. Students, you could:
- Make your own learning mind maps – either on paper or use something like iMindMap or Popplet apps;
- Make flash cards. Write the facts on one side and some questions on the other and then test yourself. Try apps like Flashcards+ and StudyBlue;
- Make your own revision notes;
- Make electronic or paper Post-it notes for key things you keep forgetting and put them where you will see them – around your bedroom, on your tablet, PC, mirror, phone etc;
- Read your revision notes out loud. We remember more than twice as much when we read aloud compared to when we read silently;
- Practise on past exam papers and revision tests. (ask your teacher if you are still unclear about how to access these). Initially, do one section at a time, checking your answers with the mark schemes as you go. Whatever you have not yet understood should be a focus for revision. Progress to doing the entire paper against the clock;
- Use revision guides;
- Note down things you still don’t understand so that you can ask your teachers to talk you through them. Never be embarrassed to ask;
- Stay in good health. Eat a balanced diet, exercise (it keeps your brain active) and get enough sleep.

And finally, good luck!

Jane Cartwright


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