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Key to GCSE success: "It’s the belief that they absolutely can do it..."

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BigFrankEM, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

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  2. Flowersinspring

    Flowersinspring Senior commenter

    That's wonderful for him and the pupils. Now, how popular is he with the rest of the department...? :D:p
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  3. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Lovely. For the guy, the kids & the school. It’s great that he was able to take them through from Y7 to Y11 you don’t hear of that happening much these days.

    Also, thanks @BigFrankEM for a good news story devoid of undercurrent or hidden agenda, it’s refreshing.
  4. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    OK two things.

    How does it work?
    Is it portable?
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  5. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    Large school. Presumably top set. 14% of pupils in Wales get an A*. Probability lesson anyone?
  6. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter


    MAGAorMIGA Star commenter

    Incredible result. What a great teacher!
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  8. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    The school must either not set pupils in maths at all or set them from Y7 if he’s taught them all through secondary. It’s unusual for there to be no movement of pupils in or out of the class over the whole 5 years.
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  9. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    As outlined in the OP strap line, surely.

    Given the simplicity/ lack of sophistication involved, the answer appears to be "most certainly so."
  10. ajrowing

    ajrowing Established commenter

    I'd guess that if each teacher was able to teach the same students consistently results would improve. I certainly find that the most important thing is the relationship I develop with the students and so changing classes every year or more often is detrimental.
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  11. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I once had a very good top set - 28 kids - got 27 A* and an A

    Top kids achieve because they are top kids - not rocket Science.
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  12. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    However the school has a catchment area with substantial difficulties, which would often be associated with poor outcomes. This isn't a leafy suburbs grammar school.
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  13. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Fitzalan school takes 180 pupils per school year. 14% , on average, of Welsh pupils getting the top grade translates to 25 pupils at that school being expected to meet that target.
    Granted, they have achieved 6 months early. Add in a particularly good year group ( my son's at High school had better scores than those of the local Grammar school at Yr7) and the same teacher for 5 years, and above average results are likely.
    I would also guess that in the run-up to the early exams that pupils were allowed to prioritise Maths. Was more of their timetable allocated to Maths? Were teachers of other subjects told to suspend homework tasks for a time?
    The pupils will now not have to spend time on Maths revision in the main exam season and this should lead to better results.
  14. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    I have known a number of pupils who passionately believed they could achieve top grades.
    Experience has shown me that there is more to it than blind self-belief.
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  15. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    But surely GCSEs taken on their own don't count;)
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  16. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    I think it's really important to rubbish the achievment in the OP as nowt special and anyone could do it there.
  17. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    Wonderful result!

    What I have noted is that the WJEC spec still has 2 papers and has the formulas sheet. I wish the new 9-1 Spec still had the formulas and reverted back to 2 papers as 3 papers is hard going.

    I had a look at the WJEC Higher Tier paper and the questions seemed a lot more straightforward than both the Edexcel and AQA papers I am familiar with but the GCSE content and the level of difficulty was the same.

    I wish more schools opted for more student friendly papers, especially for the students in the lower sets.
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  18. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter


    I'll put you in the "agnostic" column, shall I ?
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