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AQA Literature - Poetry - Moving Goal Posts

Discussion in 'English' started by salmon, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. salmon

    salmon New commenter

    So... AQA have specified that centres MUST teach poetry for the Summer exams in 2021.
    This represents a complete turnaround from the message of 3rd August when they stated that centres could choose which of the elements of the specification could be dropped, following loss of teaching time due to the Covid crisis.
    As part of the planning team for a department that had chosen to focus on the Modern Play and Victorian Novel (and drop poetry), this presents an absolute nightmare in terms of re-planning the year's teaching and assessment, and in terms of relationships with parents who have watched us contradict ourselves in the space of three days...
    Can't think I am alone is feeling AQA need to sort their ideas out.
  2. gruoch

    gruoch Established commenter

    Several schools I know of are switching boards for Lit.
  3. littledragon25

    littledragon25 New commenter

    Looks like they've sent another email saying that they're rethinking their plans and will be back in touch early next week.
  4. gruoch

    gruoch Established commenter

    Yes - I've seen that. Possibly not the best move, but I suspect rather a lot of schools were considering moving away from AQA. Whether this will change anything remains to be seen.
    I have to say that following AQA's treatment of their examiners in the summer, they are not currently covering themselves in glory.
    cwilson1983 and littledragon25 like this.
  5. littledragon25

    littledragon25 New commenter

    From browsing the twittersphere it would appear that OCR and Edexcel have confirmed or have mentioned when questioned that only Shakespeare will be compulsory. I imagine the other exam boards will follow suit and so AQA will have to back down or risk losing swathes of custom.

    Though maybe this is intentional so that they don't need as many exam markers, as they know how badly they ****** off all of those 3 months ago.
    cwilson1983 likes this.
  6. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

    What did they do to examiners?
  7. gruoch

    gruoch Established commenter

    Unlike other boards, paid examiners nothing when the exams were cancelled.
    The most I came across as an ex gratia payment was £1500 and most other boards paid their examiners something. AQA just decided to abide by the letter of the law.
    jarndyce likes this.

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