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Help with life after levels

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by Bonnie23, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter


    Our school has moved away from levels and honestly I'm not sure if it's better or worse.

    But basically I'm wondering if people have different ways students can reach different 'levels'.

    We basically just use words instead of levels but they're the same thing!

    I teach a creative subject and some students have fantastic designs that are beautifully presented and look amazing while I have other students that can't draw to save their lives but they've thought about their design in such detail and know about it technically.

    Has anyone else had this problem before? Some students as hard as they try just can't sketch and I was wondering if I could have something like a 'two different lanes to meet this level' sort of thing.

    Really interested to hear responses! Thank you!
  2. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    You need to discuss this with a subject specific teacher. Ideally, I think you need to work alongside a colleague doing standardisation/moderation/cross-marking. Your uncertainty in this area comes across in lots of your posts and I think you need to address it.
  3. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter

    I'm sorry but this is a completely different post, how has it got anything to do with my previous posts?
    Also I'm the only one that teaches this subject. Hence reaching out to others.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2016
  4. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter

    I'm sorry if I come off offended but I kind of am. I'm going through a lot of personal stuff right now and it's not anything I want to share with colleagues that I've really only just met, and when I'm trying to get help to stay in my job because I love teaching I find your post a bit unncessary.
  5. MissHallEnglish

    MissHallEnglish Occasional commenter Forum guide and community helper

    Could you reach out to colleagues in other local schools and arrange a visit/some CPD? Could you ask your CPD lead at school to keep a look out for some relevant courses for you? When you say words, are you talking about 'secure' or 'above expected'? If so, I know a lot of schools have gone down this route, personally as an English teacher, I find this very wishy-washy!

    Failing any of that, have a think about how you want to mark. Could you mark against 'technical' criteria and 'effort & design' criteria? How you'd go about that, I'm not quite sure - perhaps using some ART or DT (not sure on your subject) GCSE criteria? Link it to assessment objectives?

    Have you tried posting this in the relevant subject forum? There may well be more support available in there.
    minnie me likes this.
  6. Cooperuk

    Cooperuk Senior commenter

    Hah...we don't have anything in place. Last HT used 'quintiles' but these were abandoned with nothing in place as an alternative by the new HT.

    Now we have been asked to start filling in report data but have no ideas what or how.

    Such fun!
  7. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    There are subject specific forums here but really you need to talk to others in real life with examples of work in front of you. If there's nobody in school then perhaps contact other schools or even your exam board.
    I'm sorry if I've offended you. I just think this is really causing you stress and if you could build your experience and confidence it would make your life much easier.
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Only in schools in the UK would something that most people understood be replaced with...........nothing much

    Its so **** it makes me smile

    I've had so many conversations with other staff members here about it and had all sorts of responses.,
  9. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    Actually replaced with nothing ;)

    Levels weren't perfect, and probably needed to be updated from time to time. But to get rid of them and not put anything in place instead is crass stupidity.
    SLouise91 likes this.
  10. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Sorry, but i have yet to meet anyone who understood levels. Getting rid of them was very sensible. Perhaps it helps if you taught before levels. It wasn't a problem then, can't see why it should be now.
  11. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Work from the gcse spec for your subject. They will have a marking scheme that can be simplified for KS3.

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