Magazine article NATE Classroom

Teachit Staffroom Roundup

Magazine article NATE Classroom

Teachit Staffroom Roundup

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Reviewing, analysing and commenting comes naturally to Teachit Staffroom users, especially when it comes to GCSE specifications. But postings in recent weeks have had a rather international flavour as discussion has turned to the possibilities offered by IGCSE.

One Head of Department wrote: 'Changing to IGCSE will place far less burden on my staff and allow us to spend our time preparing how to teach the new anthology rather than working out the implications of the numerous changes.' It quickly became apparent, however, that this was a change currently only available to the independent sector, though a certain political party may just be doing something about that ... They clearly read the cry 'What a pity we can't do them in the state sector!' before writing the manifesto. From Teachit to Westminster in one small step!

Different approaches to entry were next. Two tiers were favoured by some, but 'We prefer the single tier aspect as it affords much greater freedom in terms of internal grouping arrangements' said another user. It's hard not to sympathise with this plea whatever your plans are for September: 'The new GCSEs are built on the idea that if you build in choice, HoDs will fall over backwards with gratitude ... I don't want more choice--I want a better product.'

As ever, the Teachit Staffroom is the place for a wide range of enquiries: 'Which functional skills board are you going to use? They all seem much of a muchness?' elicited some helpful responses. Suggestions were also forthcoming regarding 'preferred versions' of Shakespeare DVDs. 'That bloke off of Harry Potter, Miss' (a certain Mr Branagh) seems to have cornered the market there ...

'Is outsourcing a backlog of KS3 marking to clear the decks a capital offence?' was the next question. Possibly, but a very genuine appeal followed from someone 'drowning in marking'. …

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