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Pathway advice needed!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by semery, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Hi,

    I am a HOD who has been asked to deliver an ICT GCSE to all students in year 9. which must be completed in year 9. I have looked at BTEC ITQ but this caps at B grade.
    <font size="3">However if I do choose to deliver it then have the problem of what do students do at KS4:</font><font size="3">Level 2 2 Cert?</font><font size="3">But again capping at a B grade.</font>

     
  2. Hi,

    I am a HOD who has been asked to deliver an ICT GCSE to all students in year 9. which must be completed in year 9. I have looked at BTEC ITQ but this caps at B grade.
    <font size="3">However if I do choose to deliver it then have the problem of what do students do at KS4:</font><font size="3">Level 2 2 Cert?</font><font size="3">But again capping at a B grade.</font>

     
  3. <ol>[*]If you are going down this road and are being forced to do it get at least 2 hours a week for all groups, even more if you can for your low ability. [*]Get your groups setted as this makes it a lot easier. If you are grouped with another subject be aware that they make the group changes at any time they like in the year and you have to go along with it. [*]Get rid of target grades- it is not worth the stress and remember that students are completing work 2/3 years before they should be and so their comprehension skills are not developed nor their answering skills. [*]Have a back-up plan just in-case, for example Functional Skills.[*]What are you going to do with students who turn up part way through the year? Refer to point 4.[*] Consider the OCR Nationals. Get half a GCSE in Year 9 and then at KS4 they can take it on further and get 1/2 equivalent GCSEs. Also offer something more meaty at KS4 like GCSE Computing.</ol>Hope this helps.
     
  4. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    Who is forcing you to do this? Do you have extremely high ability kids? What sort of timetable slot do you have.
    If you are a standard school with and hour or so a week then you are being asked to deliver the impossible and you must let your SLT know this, I can not imagine that all subjects are being asked to do this. After all it only gives you a little over 2 terms to complete and I would not touch it with a bargepole.
     
  5. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    I would be very careful of the expectations that your SLT have.
    They are a Yr 9 group, who on the whole will not be ready to acheive A* - C unless they are top sets of G&Ts. If the SLT thought is to push this group through its not so much of a prob, but if its the entire yr group then you will have problems.
    We are currently running OCR Nats with Yr 9, but we are pushing them over 3 yrs, with our top sets working over 2 yrs and doing the A/S in Yr 11 (also hope to boost numbers going into 6th form this way). Its harder work than with just a yr 10 group because at yr 10 they know all their courses are GCSE orientated, whereas ours is the only one they have at yr 9 so the importance of it is not fully realised in their minds.
    But liking the plan Alice laid out!
     
  6. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    sorry, didn't proof read (only a pass for me then)
    meant to say top sets OR G&T
     
  7. Hello Semery.
    I am a new HoD (in post since Sept at the same school I have taught at for the last 5 years) We have been delivering the AQA short course GCSE ICT to the whole of year nine (200 ish students) - 3 periods a fortnight- for the past 4 years. Only two members of staff (including myself) and we do not have an ICT mark/status so not a specialist school etc.
    The students complete the set assignment unit in Year 9 (need the summer etc to mark 100ish pieces of coursework) and then do the exam in Year 10 (1 hour a fortnight with extra revision/sessions at lunch/after school from after Feb half term) we have had good results throughout ranging from 86% - 92% A*-C
    I decided to stick with this spec for this year as I am familiar with it and I have got a new member of staff etc (although it is a major headache where it is now controlled assessment and trying to keep track of which students have missed which lessons etc and chasing them to catch up)
    I am now considering doing functional skills L2 in Year 9 and go back to being an option at GCSE (one other reason is that some students start to resent ICT as they are being forced to do it) I considered doing the OCR nationals but from talking to other schools in the LEA they are going to be changing as they are finding the workload etc is far too much.
    Something I need to investigate is if FS in Year 9 counts as the KS4 ICT req or if I would have to find something else for students who do not opt for it as an option. Does anyone know??? [​IMG]
    So in answer to your question, yes it is possible to do a short course but with the new controlled assessment criteria etc it is a headache with a whole year group!!!
    Kaz
    P.S sorry if I have rambled too much!!


     
  8. In our school consultation this has come up and it does not count. You have to go down the ICTAC route. Also if OFSTED were to come in and ask about ICT and you cannot show that you are covering all the KS4 ICT requirements in Years 10 and 11 you will be harshly treated. We were also told that this issue had caught a couple of schools out in the county. I cannot remember what the punishment was (satisfactory or whatever) but I can remember feeling very happy someone else had the ICTAC responsibility.
     
  9. Thanks for this Alicia. This has made me rethink how we are going to do things..maybe cut down Year 9 ICT to 2 hours a fortnight and do FS L1 and then keep the 1hr in Year 10 and do FS L2......hmmmmm Other schools in the LEA do OCR Nats but are looking for alternatives and I don't think we would be able to mark etc in time with only 2 members of staff with a whole year group.
    Another question which I am not sure if you can answer or not but...my school is seriously considering becoming an academy (although not all staff are behind the idea) now I remember the headteacher saying about "freedom from the NC" by this would it mean that the KS4 PoS would be optional (as far as OFSTED etc is concerned)?
    Thanks again for your comment
     

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