Category Archives: Exams

New style GCSE grades

I seem to have become our school’s “expert” (those inverted commas are most definitely needed) on the new-style GCSE grading (9 – 1 rather than A*-G) and what it will mean. I’ve now addressed parents of three different year groups, … Continue reading

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Wasps

No, not WASPS the acronym, the actual stripy buzzing stinging things. Yes this is relevant to education – well, to the part of my role that’s about running external exams, anyway. Last summer we had a swarm of wasps appear … Continue reading

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Whose results are they anyway?

I’m sure many people have seen the news story about a school jettisoning pupils after the first half of their sixth form studies, and been properly horrified. I’d hope we’d all agree that getting rid of pupils who’ve behaved appropriately, … Continue reading

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SATs and all that

Just read that the NUT conference supported the suggestion of a boycott on SATs in primary schools. I am, of course, glad to see teachers making a stand on an educational matter, and prioritising pupils’ welfare.  I certainly agree with … Continue reading

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A-levels, choice and market forces

There’s been discussion in the news of AQA’s decision to scrap A-level Art History. Inevitably, this brings out all sorts of comments concerning philistinism/ class issues/ your choice of pet hate.  There are even some who wilfully misinterpret the reasons … Continue reading

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Approaching results day…

It’s always the sign that the end (of the holidays) is nigh – A-level results day this Thursday. As exams officer, I’ll be doing quite a bit about this tomorrow. I have to download the results from the exam boards … Continue reading

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A rant on exams

This is undoubtedly a sign I am now a permanent resident of Grumpy Old Woman land, rather than just a frequent visitor – but I am fed up with people moaning about exams. Not only do I hear these complaints … Continue reading

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