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How to pass 5 GCSEs?

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by noelmoore, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Rightly or wrongly we are judged by our results. What do we do when an unacceptable number of pupils fail to obtain a grade C or better in 5 GCSE subjects (perhaps due to a change in intake profile)?
    Change to an awarding body that offers a course in our subject which is perceived as "easier"?
    Offer "softer" GCSE subjects?
    What works for you?
     
  2. gavcradd

    gavcradd New commenter

    If possible, look at vocational qualifications that offer large amounts of coursework - this combined with extensive tracking can gain you high pass rates without too much trouble.



    Early entry - push students towards exams in Y10 (or earlier), then focus on those who fail to gain a C, repeating this from then on and therefore working with a smaller and smaller sub-set of students every time.



    Taking students off lessons for subjects where they have little chance of a C to focus on the ones where they may stand a realistic chance.



    Looking closely at the barring codes of different qualifications - with a bit of digging, you can find qualifications with significant overlap in content that can both count towards league tables.



    Introducing GCSEs in subjects that aren't so traditional - child development, photography, drama, etc.



    Any others?
     

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