Is it just me? I am so angry at having to dish up the utter rubbish that makes up Nationals unit assessments. I have a mixed group (N4 & 5, with an option on one possible N2/3 who should never have been put in the section) and am trying to ensure a safety net for the N5s by giving everyone the N4 AVU. The thing has obviously been made up by someone who hasn't set foot in a classroom in 25 years. Pupils have to read and answer questions on 2 texts (and get 50% correct - but nowhere does it say 50% of the total, or of each text... Can't get an answer) THEN they need to pick out language from the texts they could use for preparing a speaking (criteria for passing is they need to be engaged in the task!!) THEN they need to do their speaking with me and be comprehensible enough to pass (weasly phrases like 'professional judgement' used as criteria here) THEN they need to answer questions on their talk (again with the weasly prof jug criteria). All this has taken 2 full weeks so far, and still not done. The best finished after 3 periods and are now bored witless after a series of obsolete past papers. The poorest have still not finished the reading/writing tasks. There's only so long I can let them go on... But apparently there is no time limit as it is not a feature of Unit Assessments. Plus I have nothing for the very poorest kid, and while I'm sorry, I do not have time to make up a course for them inc assessments etc. I cannot see how I can get the N5s through all the stuff they need in the time, while keeping the N4s happy, plus catering for the N3. Is it always going to be like this? Now I find we're to be verified in November... What on?? How?? This is a bigger blo*dy shambles than I ever imagined, and I'm being made to feel it's my fault. Plus my PT went off with stress in May last year and we have no subject teacher. Sorry for rant... Hope you all feel better about it than I do. I'll be glad however if you want to share other tales of woe... And alternatively we can have a collective nervous breakdown and see how they sort that one out with no supply teachers around!