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The sheer pointlessness of “fine grading” with the new GCSEs

From what I can make out, fine grading was essentially doing to GCSE grades the same as “sublevels” did to levels. Instead of inputting a grade, you inputted a grade and a number. Eg. A1 would imply that the pupil … Continue reading

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The astounding diversity in curriculum provision

As a head of department, I am interested in how different schools make provision for my subject, MFL. This is often difficult to discover. While all school websites state the subjects offered, it takes considerable effort to find out just how much … Continue reading

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Another chat over the custard creams

One of my most read posts has been A chat over the custard creams – a light hearted piece which I’m told raised a few smiles. I thought I’d do a follow up….. So, Miss Pedagogy. You see the problem? … Continue reading

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How I avoided descriptors – assessing against questions rather than criteria

In my subject, MFL, descriptors are everywhere and I’ve always disliked them, for the reasons given by Daisy Christodoulou in “Making Good Progress”. Here are some I descriptors I have come across: Can write some single words from memory, with … Continue reading

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Learning a subject is not exactly the same as building a car – my issue with Assessment for Learning

As a not particularly sporty individual, it took me longer to learn how to play tennis than it did some of the others on the course I attended back in the early 1990s. Time and again, I couldn’t get the … Continue reading

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Scholarship – the appeal of grammar schools

Two definitions of scholarship: “Profound knowledge of a specific subject gained by extensive reading or study” “Knowledge and learning – the qualities of a scholar” While watching the BBC’s The Big Questions #bbctbq on the grammar school debate, I started to reflect … Continue reading

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A thank you to Y6 primary teachers

“I learnt all my English grammar from studying foreign languages” This is a statement I have heard on numerous occasions from adults of all ages and it was brought home to me at a recent event for MFL teachers. A … Continue reading

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