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When to take an A level exam as a teacher?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by CocoaChannel, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. CocoaChannel

    CocoaChannel New commenter

    I’m posting this in the trainees’ section as I’m a trainee teacher, but it’s a general question. I’d like to take an A level exam in physics in the next few years. It’s not essential, but I feel it’d help my teaching.

    I’d imagine A level exams are always in June, i.e. right in the middle of the term.

    I guess it’s more a general CPD-type question. Can teachers take a day (or two) off to sit exams?
  2. install

    install Star commenter

    Yes - unpaid. It’s personal.

    Unless the school is asking the teacher to teach the new A level and it forms part of their CPD/PM.
    CocoaChannel likes this.
  3. Fizzbuzz1

    Fizzbuzz1 New commenter

    I'm starting my teacher training in September and I also want to take an A level in Physics - I'm planning to teach Maths so I think it would help me cover a weak point. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one!
    CocoaChannel likes this.
  4. CocoaChannel

    CocoaChannel New commenter

    It certainly won’t do any harm. I guess like me you’re planning on getting teacher training out the way first. The practicalities might be interesting as I believe the exam has more than one part. I’ll certainly try and go for it.
  5. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Colleague ended up teaching an A Level in which he wasn't qualified or trained - rather specialist subject and he had an amateur interest. Taught the course, sat the exam at the same time as his first candidates. Good results all round, A grade for him (this was before the A*).
  6. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    You'd have to ask for the time off, and find somewhere taking private candidates (which your own centre may not do). And check that the exam is available to private candidates (they aren't all)
    I did the AEA with my own students - luckily, I got the best mark!!
    agathamorse likes this.
  7. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    While this was acceptable in the past, the current rules are that a staff member can only take an exam at his/her own centre as a last resort.
    agathamorse likes this.
  8. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    Absolutely. Which is why finding a centre which will take private candidates is important. We don't take any.
    agathamorse likes this.
  9. Chesters8

    Chesters8 New commenter

    Q: "When to take an A Level exam?"

    A: Not in 2020
    TheoGriff likes this.
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I taught for one year an A-level subject - Portuguese - of which I had no knowledge at the beginning of the year - on a very reduced timetable, just 2hrs on Sports afternoon, to three native speakers. :)

    I taught them the Literature and Society element, they taught me the language bit. Well, I did do an awful lot of learning on my own at home.

    We did the whole A-level course in one year, we all sat the exam together in the exam hall, I got an A (before the A* existed, I like to think that I would have got that!), the other three all got a B, which was the best mark of all their A-level subjects.

    Please pass the Brasso to polish my halo!

    Noted in case I ever wish to try something similar.

    Best wishes to all

    Twitter: @Theo_Griff

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