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yr 10 study leave

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by charmedimsure, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. My twins are just about to start yr 10 trial exams and study leave. This will last 2 weeks. My older children had trial exams in yr 10 but never study leave. It is apparently to get the students used to studying independently and exam conditions, although there has been talk that it will enable teachers to run extra revision classes for the yr 11s. I think missing 2 weeks of lessons in yr 10 is a terrible idea and this will be in addition to another set of trial exams in December when the grades will determine what tier exam the students will be entered for. I'm not sure if this will involve study leave as well.Is this common practice for yr 10s now?
     
  2. My twins are just about to start yr 10 trial exams and study leave. This will last 2 weeks. My older children had trial exams in yr 10 but never study leave. It is apparently to get the students used to studying independently and exam conditions, although there has been talk that it will enable teachers to run extra revision classes for the yr 11s. I think missing 2 weeks of lessons in yr 10 is a terrible idea and this will be in addition to another set of trial exams in December when the grades will determine what tier exam the students will be entered for. I'm not sure if this will involve study leave as well.Is this common practice for yr 10s now?
     
  3. Captain Obvious

    Captain Obvious New commenter

    It's not something I've known to happen and seems remarkably brave of your school (Good school/students?).
     
  4. kittylion

    kittylion Established commenter

    So do I!
    No it isn't - in fact at our school we don't really even have study leave for year 11s - we leave it as late as possible.
     
  5. Of course my boys and other students think it's a wonderful idea! Also at end of June beginning of July there is another 2 weeks off for work experience. The last Ofsted report was satisfactory, think this was about a year ago. I think the students, like those in many schools are a mix. Good students and not so good! It seems this has all been decided without much consultation. I think they must be pretty confident about the abilities of the current yr 10 if they feels it is acceptable to miss so much valuable learning time.
     
  6. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    Ours had this in March. I am pretty sure that this is one of those things that is obligatory (but I'm sure that someone will correct me if I am wrong!)
    I wish year 11 got study leave. As others have said, we have them til the bitter end, and even our VI form don't get it any more, so there is no way year 10 would. I can see pros and cons to this: if it enables students to be effectively brought together for focussed revision, that's great (it's what I would do if I was allowed to with year 11) but the chance to skive is obviously very high.
     
  7. kittylion

    kittylion Established commenter

    Ours only do one week's work experience in Year 10 - quite late in December I think it was. I think this is a good time to do it. Years ago it used to be 2 weeks but it has been one week for some years now.
     
  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    It sounds very courageous. I know what some of my year 10 would (n't) do if they were given 2 weeks study leave. it would also make completing the material for the course before the exams highly dodgy.
    P
     
  9. Our y10s have 1 week work experiance in June, they have a "study day"on the last day that y11s are in and thats all. Y11 finish on the day before their first exam - which this year is Fri 11th May, but we have to provide revision session throughout the exam period until students do our exam - take up of these sessions last year vary from 5 to 25 students at a time
     
  10. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Is "study leave" allowed in law? Just a query because I'd have thought that all students of school age were entitled to all their lessons.
     
  11. Thank you all for your comments. The school is an academy I don't know whether that makes a difference in what they are allowed to do. The trouble with these 2 weeks off is that they are not run like the yr 11 study leave weeks; there are no extra revision classes run by teachers for them. Basically there are hordes of yr 10s wandering around, even the ones that study hard aren't spending all day doing that. My boys have lost 6 hours of maths lessons, 7 hours of English and 9 hours of science plus their option subjects. That's a lot of valuable teaching time and in the case of my youngest son in maths, it is time he can't afford to miss. As i said I suspect that this has been arranged not to give the yr 10s exam experience but probably to give the yr 11s extra teaching time, if so I hope this works for my boys next year!
     

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