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Now there's a turn up for the (wrong) book!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nomad, May 17, 2019.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I've just been reading about this - hilarious
     
  3. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Excellent school, well-heeled girls? No problem.
     
    nomad likes this.
  4. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    Not for the students affected.
     
  5. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    No - but these things do happen.

    I also have no doubt that the students grades will suffer in any way.
     
  6. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    The exam board said the school could submit a request for special consideration of students' marks.
     
  7. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    It's not as if they need top grades to get the best jobs and best Uni places.
     
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  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    They will all get their 9s

    That's what their parents pay for.
     
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  9. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    This sort of error breaks my heart.
    Exam specs are too long.
    They are too convoluted.
    Put a new teacher into an exam class.
    Have the kids aks them "what do I need to do for this exam"
    So
    New teacher asks HoD.
    HoD replies "I'm busy. Just look on the spec"
    Voila.
    Wrong course delivered.
    We've all come close.
    This sort of error breaks my heart because of the parental comments after the article.
    And it is for this that the teacher will be lambasted, probably.
    Not for the exam specs being too long.
    Not for the lack of human support in something complex.
    Nobody delivers the wrong text knowingly. Mistakes happen despite our diligence, not because of a lack of it. Because exam specs are made way too complex.

    Even if this is not all the case in this story, the scope for error is so huge. In most subjects. Somebody should be employed to prevent staff working in a bubble this way.
     
  10. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    No.
    It's not.
    It might seem like gifted free time Schadenfreude to you, but it is disastrous for the teacher in question.
     
  11. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Worthless HoD.
     
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  12. fraisier

    fraisier Established commenter

    They studied the wrong book for a whole 2 years and no-one noticed the co.ck-up in that department, it's unbelievable. Don't they talk to each other, aren't they supervised by a HoD, don't they have book scrutinies (or equivalent) etc. in that dpt? I've known colleagues teaching the wrong topic, or the wrong list of vocab etc. at both GCSE and A level but that was quickly spotted and put right.
     
  13. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    Whenever I did supply in a school which included English lessons, if it was KS3 it was "Holes", if it is was KS4, it was "Mice and Men". (I've read neither)

    Then came Gove and messed it all up. (I think)
     
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  14. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Departments are supposed to analyse exam specifications and decide what path through them should be followed. This was English Literature and I doubt there was only one teacher running the course. If it was the case then SLT weren't properly involved, otherwise the HoD fouled up.
     
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  15. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Yes - but in all honesty - mistakes like that should NOT be made.

    Reading what books are on the specification is not that hard to do.
     
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  16. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    And the specs are in force for at least two years.
     
  17. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    It happens the other way round too. Students write for an hour and then somebody notices the exam paper is for the alternate syllabus. Wait an hour for copies of the correct paper and start again.
     
  18. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I don't see how that could happen actually - that would be checked before the students entered the exam room.
     
  19. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    It was checked when some candidtes had become visibly distressed.
     
  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    HoDs and exam officer at fault.
     
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