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Should I stay or should I go-which GCSE provider?

Discussion in 'Drama and performing arts' started by madjessy, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Hi guys looking to start a debate.
    I don't want to state too much about my situation at the moment as I don't want to add too much of a personal touch to this (I may later though). I am however looking to seek advice which goes beyond what I can gleam from the black and white of a specification layout.
    My question is this.
    At GCSE which specification is best?
    This is what I know to be the differences thus far;
    Edexcel= practical exam or flexible performance support.
    AQA- Written exam- not ideal for most students.
  2. Retro Bates

    Retro Bates New commenter

    Most? I would say 'some.'
  3. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    I used to do Edexcel and moderate for them as a final p-erformance examiner

    I now do OCR Expressive Arts which is lovely - and allows students to work on their own should they wish. There's no written exam but 60% written course work and 40% practical over 3 units.

    It suits my students as they like to incorporate dance, art and design and creative writing into their drama.; It allows students to use a lot of technology should they vwish too.

    You need to do what is rigth for your school and your students
  4. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    I used to examine for EDEXCEL, but the shambolic nature forced me to abandon.... I have taught AQA, which on the old spec was quite over complicated for my students to grasp in its construction so I now do WJEC which I find linear and balanced, and perhaps most importantly, a supportive board to work with.

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