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CIE Examinations Cancelled (Plans for Year 11/13?)

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by rossydunn, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. rossydunn

    rossydunn New commenter

    Website updated with the details - https://www.cambridgeinternational....nternational-on-may-june-2020-exams-20200323/

    My question - What are other schools doing to support their Y11 and Y13 students at this time? Is anyone putting additional provision in place or will you put Y11 and Y13 on "extended break". Our plan was to move the Y11 onto the A-Level courses but this has it's pitfalls...

    Ideas/guidance welcomed!
  2. sicalifornia

    sicalifornia New commenter

    Also struggling with this in our little corner of Asia. It really depends what they tell us all on Thursday regarding how the grades will be awarded.

    I'd also be interested to hear what other schools are doing. For year 13, I believe our school are just discontinuing teaching from Friday to relieve them from more stress trying to do all of this remotely. For year 11, I understand the plan is to finish teaching the syllabus material and then cease teaching (some are already there). Year 12... Continue as normal and get them to sit in November? We'll see!
  3. oldgit

    oldgit New commenter

    I'm currently assisting at an independent school in the UK and, for Y11 students, they are making an early start (albeit online) with their A-Level courses. For Y13s, they are offering what they hope will be some useful preparation for their university courses. Obviously, like most international schools, if there are no examinations on offer or teaching going on, there's no reason for parents to part with their cash.
  4. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    Yes, absolutely! I don't know how you can do anything but carry on as normal until you know what you have to provide. There may well be a pile of admin to do. We may have to produce piles of work, when we can't get hold of it.

    Besides, Edexcel haven't cancelled (yet).
  5. mr1303

    mr1303 New commenter

    We have given them all a big bunch of past papers to do and to submit to make sure they have sufficient evidence as and when it is all required. We're trying to get together every bit of evidence we possibly have. How good each bit is, when students have been at home for the last two months, is questionable.
  6. colacao17

    colacao17 Senior commenter

    Here is where we discover that too many years of exam preparation has knocked the creativity out of us.....

    Though honestly, if I had the freedom to be teaching without exams, our time would be filled with lots of practical stuff and that's pretty much impossible at the moment.
  7. jnugent6

    jnugent6 New commenter

    Edexcel international A levels and iGCSE are also cancelled
  8. normannobody2018

    normannobody2018 New commenter

    Cambridge will be making an announcement tomorrow, 26th March.
    Can't wait to see how schools manipulate Cambridge's lax system and award everyone, including their SEN, with 9A*s.:)
  9. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    What was the announcement?
  10. rossydunn

    rossydunn New commenter

    Yes, we are awaiting the communication on their behalf today. From our perspective, we will look to set a "Mock Week" at home for our Y11 next week, giving our staff some time to plan and prepare a bridging introductory course into A-Level (although this will look and feel very different via distance learning...). We open our 6th form in September, so thankfully only have the Y11 cohort to manage in this regard.

    It will be interesting to find out what evidence Cambridge require. We have been busy since Tuesday collating all our information, mock grades, teacher assessed end of unit assessments plus 4+ years of external GL data for our current cohort... as prepared as I like to think we are, it does throw in the question of grade integrity - no doubt that the implemented process will leave room for some "gaming" of the system in some manner. All we as a senior management can do is act as honestly and with as much integrity as we can.
  11. Mitochondria1

    Mitochondria1 Occasional commenter

    No announcement yet
  12. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    How on earth can you do a valid mock week from distance - isn't this just adding extra anxiety to an already disturbed cohort... and what really will you get out of it?? Grades distorted by cheating... and parental complaints once they get a sniff of how invalid it is... plus wont they need to know their grades - and wo betide you if those grades aren't the ones their little Angel's come out with in the end if they've worked so hard for them now!!
  13. normannobody2018

    normannobody2018 New commenter

    Still waiting... They said it would be today earlier this week.
    I reckon they have just realised 80% of schools will give false information to inflate grades, and are now reconsidering their plans.
  14. normannobody2018

    normannobody2018 New commenter

    "All we as a senior management can do is act as honestly and with as much integrity as we can." whilst the rest of the world gives all their students A*
  15. mr1303

    mr1303 New commenter

    The announcement wasn't hugely informative - most of it was "wait until March 31st". There were a few bits, such as no need to do English speaking tests, keep coursework on file, keep test papers locked away, but nothing really more than that.
  16. Mitochondria1

    Mitochondria1 Occasional commenter

    The announcement was announcing that they still have no idea what they are doing and to await more news later...a joke.
  17. normannobody2018

    normannobody2018 New commenter

    They're still trying to work out how easy they want cheating schools to give fake grades.
  18. missmunchie

    missmunchie Occasional commenter

    I was under the impression that predicted grades were sent at the same time as entries. However, the deadline for predicted grades for the May/ June exams is the 30th of April! I don't see how they can use predicted grades, as they will all be inflated.
    I also wonder what will happen to the exam papers, they will have been written and some even printed by now. Will they be uploaded to the exam boards websites? Or do you think they will use these exams in November, taking the risk that these exam papers may be leaked?
    Postponing the exams would have made so much more sense or have schools complete the exams in emptier schools with strict health and safety checks and distancing measures.
  19. Bytor

    Bytor Occasional commenter

    There are some courses on Futurelearn that may be useful to Yr13 students, including prep for higher education

  20. Mitochondria1

    Mitochondria1 Occasional commenter

    going to go out on a limb and make the prediction that the 'guidance' expected today from CAIE is going to essentially say 'eeeer wait another 7 days pls'

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