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If schools close will we still be able to go in and teach small exam groups?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by bugsysmum, Mar 14, 2020.

  1. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter

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  2. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Established commenter

    We shouldn’t be setting this president that exams are more important than health. The DfE and exam boards will have a contingency plan in case students can’t sit or aren’t prepared for their external examinations.

    People need to stop and think how their actions could affect others. If someone in my school suggests year 11s are in and I am forced to work despite close family with underlying health conditions, and then someone I live with contracts the virus through me and is seriously ill, I would forever feel guilty.
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  3. Jeroniymo

    Jeroniymo New commenter

    Absolutely nailed it .... exams can be postponed ....

    Health cannot
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  4. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    I'm not senior enough in The Board so can't confirm - but, when we had a Maths paper leaked the other year, didn't The Board say "oh we've always got an alternative paper anyway so we'll just run that one"?

    Therefore - surely all that's needed is for exams to run as normal, but there to be an alternative paper say 3 weeks later for those ill/self-isolating on the original date. It will require some alteration to examiner contract dates and a lot of work in the senior team to ensure that both papers are marked to an identical standard...

    Lack of preparedness is another issue. I'd argue that A Level students should be prepared and independent enough* to be able to overcome this - but for GCSE it may well be a problem. Return of the autumn resits, perhaps?

    (*yes, I have taught year 7s with more resilience and independent learning skills than my various Year 13 sets ;))
  5. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Established commenter

    Maybe but what about controlled assessment? What about teacher absence? What about self isolation and incubation rates? Will parents really send their kids in if they haven’t contracted the virus yet, especially if they have underlying health conditions?
  6. Jobalot

    Jobalot New commenter

  7. yasf

    yasf Established commenter

    As important as a Maths GCSE might be considered to be, it's no use if you're dead.

    Please do try to keep things in perspective.
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  8. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    There won't be exams.
  9. yasf

    yasf Established commenter

    Sensible - wish the IB would take a similar decision.
  10. shevington

    shevington Occasional commenter

    No exams. No need to worry
  11. BrightonBoy

    BrightonBoy New commenter

    It staggers me that people worry about exams when people you know and love might die! Absolutely staggers me!
  12. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Established commenter

    Absolutely, fully, 110% agree with this!!
  13. bugsysmum

    bugsysmum New commenter

    Except that since I work in a special school it will be business as normal ............... but no exams to motivate them......
  14. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    don't these two statements contradict each other?
  15. bugsysmum

    bugsysmum New commenter

    Yes timing is everything, especially when the world has changed so quickly in such a short amount of time. Apologies to those who could see what I couldn't a couple of weeks ago, I understand the risks to health now and completely realise what a daft plan it would have been. However my head is requiring a full complement of teaching staff to turn up tomorrow for 8 children, well minus a full complement of SLT :-0 And honestly I am not joking . Our staff to pupil ratio will stand at around 3:1. I accept my foolishness but some at my school have yet to catch up.
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  16. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    Time to publicise this fact to parents and governors. Shame the bar stewards.
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