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Its not looking good......

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by KeepRS, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. .......here's today's bombshell. We are no longer going to be examined at GCSE although to fulfill the statutory requirements pupils still have to sit through RS & Citizenship lessons 3 hours a fortnight. They get no qualification out of it.
    They can however opt to study it as an option - although as Thursday is options evening its a little late in the day so I doubt anyone will sign up and why would they. All pupils still have to do the 3 hours a fortnight.
    Teaching RE is changing and its not looking good. Ive changed my username as I didnt want to be recognised as its still secret squirrel and hot off the press, but for the first time Im thinking of chucking it all in.
    This is so rubbish...Whats happening elsewhere in your school?


     
  2. .......here's today's bombshell. We are no longer going to be examined at GCSE although to fulfill the statutory requirements pupils still have to sit through RS & Citizenship lessons 3 hours a fortnight. They get no qualification out of it.
    They can however opt to study it as an option - although as Thursday is options evening its a little late in the day so I doubt anyone will sign up and why would they. All pupils still have to do the 3 hours a fortnight.
    Teaching RE is changing and its not looking good. Ive changed my username as I didnt want to be recognised as its still secret squirrel and hot off the press, but for the first time Im thinking of chucking it all in.
    This is so rubbish...Whats happening elsewhere in your school?


     
  3. i take it you are talking about the short course?? we are staying exactly as we always have, because we refused to do the short course and only offered the full course with a non-examined core rs for everyone. perhaps our stubborness will now save us.
     
  4. I dont think we can refuse to do anything! It is all decided for us.
    We currently dont have a full course and everyone does the short course -both RS & Citizenship, so now it will be non-examined but at least they are bringing in the full course as an option (for the 3 pupils that will take it up with 2 days notice.....)
    How does the non-examined core RS work for the students? How long do you have to spend on it and what do pupils feel they get out of it?
     
  5. we have an hour a fortnight and we cover things which we feel they would be interested in and they 'should' know about - Islam, abortion and euthanasia are the main hits (these last 2 help support the gcse as well but they are important life issues we can tackle in a way no-one else does). we are also developing a unit on identity and self esteem as it is an all girls school and we are seriously concerned about social trends particularly the influence of pornography. the girls really like it, we are enthusiastic, we challenge them, they think and talk and most importantly they are NOT examined!! it all comes down to staff competence and enthusiasm.
    Work hard on your year 9's and maybe next year you will have take up for the full course. You have time now to plan what course you would do, give them a taster, encourage and push them and make them feel it would be worth their while.
    it can be done - it just depends on you! no pressure!!
     
  6. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse New commenter

    My school has effectively pressed the pause button on options while we wait for the DfE to decide whether or not there will be changes to the EBacc. I understand that many other schools are doing the same.

    Steve W
     
  7. thebishop

    thebishop New commenter

    We offer a Full Course GCSE and do Short Course for all others in 2 lessons. The uptake for Full Course is variable, but with all of the budget cuts, lots of subjects don't get to run, and RS is often one of those. The Short Course is also diluted because of Citizenship, and there are times when I wish I could just switch to Core RS, just so that I didn't have to deal with the hastle form some students.
     
  8. Why should it be non-examined? If the school is giving 3 hours a fortnight teach the short course - why should your content change. Then enter all the bright kids for the short course, get good grades and shame management. I don't see why you cannot?
     
  9. Yes, we have been teaching the short course in RS and Citizenship for 3xhours fortnight I initially thought it was a great idea. At KS3 we are all specialists but for KS4 its timetabled last so its a double period on a tuesday for example then we have about 20 different teachers who share it between each other, they are non-specialists so it fills their timetable, they hate teaching it and this of course filters down and the pupils have such a negative reaction.
    Compared to other subjects these 2 short course GCSEs then have poor results. So now they are going to continue teaching it- give it the same time loading but non-examined.
    Teachers happy, Kids happy but those classes are going to be such a waste of time.
    I just feel it all drifting away into an obligatory non- subject. I give the subject 5 years then finito unless youre in a faith school.
     
  10. We have RE for 1 hour a week in year 10 and 11. Top stream students complete full course in this time, middle stream students do short course and bottom stream used to to certificate of achievement. This year CofA was pulled in favour of "fun and interesting RE" and recently year 11 middle stream were pulled from short course because it was decided that half an E grade was not all that useful to them, which I thoroughly agree with. Having studied core RE and GCSE RE when I was at school I had a wicked time on the core program and am trying to emulate this with my students. Religion and science was a real hit and our current program, Philosophy and Superheroes, is working really well across all abilities. I've found it easier to engage students with something interesting as opposed to the threat of "you have to sit an exam in it so do it". Maybe I'm a terrible teacher, or maybe they resented being put in for an exam they hadn't chosen... either way, X-Men and John Locke is saving my bacon!!
     
  11. That sounds really good, however the problem is that we have nearly 30 non-specialists and they are lumping Careers, Citizenship and RS in to 3 hours a fortnight.
    Im sure me and my other 2 RS colleagues will do a fab job and encourage pupils to be engaged and maybe even encourage pupils to take it at A level but I am not so confident about the other teachers, for goodness sake they are mostly PE teachers what do they care?
    My bet is that pupils will be stuck in front of a video/youtube clips at worse or taken out for catch up sessions with other subjects.
    No RE is better than bad RE imo
    thanks for your supportive comments though and I might be after those resources!
     
  12. andrew07

    andrew07 Occasional commenter

    Ok, well at my school, due to the possible of the ENG BAC coming through, RS may be squeezed out to make room for other subjects that are required and also, Key Stage 4 starts at year nine. So if the Eng Bacc goes ahead, my HOD fears that RS may be squeezed out all together. The senior team even had this as one of the options, and that was to cut RS in order to favour other subjects required of the Eng Bac, such as foreign languages.

    My question is, should I apply for other RS jobs at other Comprehensive schools/Academies. Do you see other heads at other schools doing the same thing as they are doing at my school or do you think it is just my weak senior team? They've already taken kids out of year ten RS for intervention lessons in English and Maths. Advice please.
     

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