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drowning in APP

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by anon1369, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. I am just looking to hear from others really about how APP is done in your school?
    I am new to APP and have never used it before so I'm still getting to grips with it. However I am required to link every single lesson to APP and I will openly admit that I am massively struggling with this! I am spending far more time than is necessary planning lessons, I spend all my frees, all evenings and all weekend planning lessons - leaving little time for anything else!
    Although I am trying to use the resources provided by the school they are incomplete so I am having to adapt them myself too. To be honest I am never happy with the lessons I plan because I don't really know what I'm talking about as a result I don't feel comfortable/confident and I think this definitely shows to the children!
    Does anyone else have to do this? Any tips you can provide are much appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. ferrisbueller

    ferrisbueller New commenter

    I'm not surprised!!! The reason is that your Head of Dept is not using it as it was intended in science.
    Firstly, it is not a statutory requirement in Science to do this.
    Secondly, it should be used PERIODICALLY. The following quote is direct from the Govt website:
    "The APP approach is straightforward. In line with their school's
    assessment policy and practice, teachers periodically review collections
    of pupils’ work using the assessment guidelines, and build a profile of
    their achievements."
    There should be NO pressure on you to record all APP targets EVERY lesson. This would be plain CRAZY!!
    Refuse to do it, and go back to the powers that be and remind them it is to be used periodically. The following websites should help you:
    http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/key-stages-3-and-4/assessment/Assessing-pupils-progress/How-does-APP-work/index.aspx
    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/APP-in-KS3-Science-6041920/
    http://www.appinscience.com/
    http://fiendishlyclever.com/teaching-resources/free-science-resources/free-ks3-resources/app-resources
    Stand up for what you believe in. Why are you using all of your own hours to do this? Are they trying to deliberately cause you harm? I would read up on APP, go back to whoever has told you to do this and show them that this isn't the way forward. If thry won't listen then refuse, and if they get heavy with you go to your union.
    Sorry if I sound a bit tetchy - I'm getting sick and tired of workload issues at the moment.
    Sustainable schools are also about work/life balance, and in many schools this seems to have been conveniently forgotten by most SMT, particularly in Academies!!
    Good luck and let us know how you get on.
     

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