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GCSE results day 2019: Five things you don’t need to stress about

Discussion in 'Personal' started by TES_Rosaline, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    It’s the final countdown for students who will see their nervous wait end on Thursday 22nd August when they receive their GCSE results. But for those teachers who are anxious about how well their students have fared in the exams there is advice at hand from an assistant headteacher who believes it’s time to put those common worries aside:

    ‘…Yes, grade boundaries could climb sharply on any given year. But movements tend to be small, because principal examiners work to write papers of the same difficulty each year.

    Ultimately, the grade boundary is out of your control, so isn’t worth the energy worrying about it.

    …GCSE results reflect the years of schooling a child has received in a given subject. And the context of what went before you can be as important as what happened in your class.

    Teachers rarely let pupils down. Did you teach the full specification? Did you have high expectations? Did you try to deal with behaviour issues and motivate your students to learn?’

    Mark Roberts is an assistant headteacher in the South West of England.

    Have you stopped worrying about your students’ exam results? Should schools do more to reassure teachers that they have done a good job teaching the exam specification and ensure that staff are not anxious about how well their students have done?
  2. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    While salaries and careers are tied to students exam performance, glib "don't worry" comments count for nothing. Especially from those whose job it is to call teachers to account for the non-reaching of targets whatever the extraneous conditions that are totally beyond a teachers influence.
  3. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Agreed with Mangy. In reality if exam results are deemed to be poor the teacher kops it. That is the fact.
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  4. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    It's easy for Mark Roberts to say. But I bet most schools do things differently from this.
    Teachers can answer "Yes" to all these questions "Did you teach the full specification? Did you have high expectations? Did you try to deal with behaviour issues and motivate your students to learn?’" and still face a difficult situation with their SLT. And possibly a lot worse.
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  5. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Absolutely right
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  6. missmunchie

    missmunchie New commenter

    Is anyone else struggling to find the 5 things? I can only identify 3 or 4 in the post.

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