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Concerned about different approaches to setting work for y11 and y13 in terms of it 'counting'

Discussion in 'Education news' started by songsong, Apr 4, 2020.

  1. songsong

    songsong New commenter

    While some schools and colleges have used the latest government announcement to make the decision that they will no longer set work for year 11 and 13, others are saying things along the lines of 'anything you do or don't do might affect your grade'. This can't be right. It makes sense that pupils will struggle with motivation/ work in the current circumstances: they've been told they're not doing the exams they've been working for a minimum of two years, they may be ill or have caring responsibilities, they may have problems accessing the work on IT. Attitudes of parents will be different. Some teachers are not setting work or not looking at it. Disadvantaged students, in particular, are likely to struggle without the routine or support of school. It's not fair for some pupils to be worrying that some random piece of work that has been set for the sake of it online may affect their teacher assessment grade and therefore their university offers etc. This needs a national position. Schools and colleges should be told they cannot count any work following school closures except for coursework or any other NEA where there has always been transparency. Can anyone raise this with the powers that be? It's more opportunity for inequalities if not addressed.
  2. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Why not contact your MP?
  3. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    Here is the official government advice which makes it clear that any work done after schools closed should not count.

    There is no requirement to set additional mock exams or homework tasks for the purposes of determining a centre assessment grade and no student should be disadvantaged if they are unable to complete any work set after schools were closed. Where additional work has been completed after schools and colleges were closed on 20 March, Heads of Centre should exercise caution where that evidence suggests a change in performance. In many cases this is likely to reflect the circumstances and context in which the work is done.

    I expect schools are telling them it may affect their grade because they know they wouldn't do any work otherwise.
  4. songsong

    songsong New commenter

    Thanks @gainly that is helpful. I can see why schools might tell pupils that their work could be taken into account in order to get pupils to take it seriously but that's actually quite irresponsible.

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