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starting GCSEs in Year 9

Discussion in 'English' started by lexydoodle, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Hi guys
    I've just been appointed hod at a school which is delivering GCSEs in Year 9 from September. Has anyone got experience of this? What do people think about the idea?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. manc

    manc New commenter

    I think you should let the Year 9s study something enjoyable, and not force them like rhubarb into doing GCSEs too early.
    Gifted and talented kids do not necessarily want to be taking exam courses 24/7.
  3. manc

    manc New commenter

    You might also ask why this constant need to 'improve grades'. This may be of benfit in making the teacher/pupil/school feel good about themselves, but at what cost to society as a whole?
  4. i teach sixth form and students - even/especially really bright A* students - who have done their gcse english by the end of year 10 then regress and do very poorly when compared with students who did it in year 11.
    it's too early ... they need time to develop
  5. i meant to say, they do very poorly at A level when compared with other students who did GCSEs later.
    they don't really start to assimilate knowledge/understanding until year 11. they aren't able to have a deep grasp of concepts/ideas in years 9 and 10.
    please, please, don't do it to them in year 9/10, it's too too early!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i teach in a sixth form college and we get students from 50 different schools - the ones who do GCSEs early are at a disadvantage when compared to those who do them in year 11.
  6. manc

    manc New commenter

    That sounds pretty conclusive then.
    Why not do a fun summer project instead, and give the poor kids a break from target culture.
  7. Quite agree - my school have decided that all of year 9 have to get two CAs done by the time we break up for the summer! No one seems to realise that they need to mature in order to write about 'issues' and to have the sort of vocabulary to articulate their feelings. [​IMG]
  8. i-mod

    i-mod New commenter


    There is no educational benefit in this. It's a move that benefits only SMT smarties who think they are advancing learning. They're not. GCSE is for 15/16 year olds. use Year 9 to do what Year nine have been robbed of by SATs for years - doing interesting English. Build your own course based on GCSE Assessment Objectives and your own material. make them like English.

    The worst teachers on the planet are those who miss SATs and can't think what to do instead. Do English as you think it should be. Trust your intelligence, understanding of kids, your specialist knowledge and your professionalism. If you can't, buy some 1950 copies of Ronald Ridout... or start GCSE early. And wonder what to do with Year 11.
  9. Everyone is doing it.Not hard to plan esp with new specs-we have used outgoing anthology as a neat resource to write lit essays based on short stories and used POCS again to embed poetry techniques.Our Year 11's were our guinea pigs and in theory they should be outstandingly wonderful and all get A*'s but the reality is they were a pretty disenchanted year group.Head LOVES the idea and feels OFSTED will love it too!!Gets kids used to controlled assessments etc.
  10. manc

    manc New commenter

    A POCS upon such things in Year 9, say I.
  11. manc

    manc New commenter

    You what I did there was make a little joke, based upon a play on words and..........................................................................................oh, never mind. I'll get my coat.

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