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General Discussion / Controlled Assessment despair...
« on: January 31, 2016, 12:05:20 PM »
I work in a grammar school where 90% are expected to achieve A*/A.  Unfortunately, despite teaching and marking it since the Controlled Assessment was introduced, my CA marks were all adjusted last year ranging from -21 UMS to +7 UMS.  Subsequently, our students didn't reach expected levels. 

The next cohort's CA has been marked in line with the comments made from last years (and I've completed the online moderation course), and naturally these are low too as they were completed in year 10 before I was given feedback from the exam board.  Having asked SLT for advice as to how to tell students and parents, I have been told this is unacceptable and "the situation must be remedied" and that I should let them know how I will proceed.  Having said I don't know what they want me to do and asked for suggestions, including asking if they are saying we should break the rules, I have been told again that I am accountable and have to explain my plans on Monday.

I am not going to give them extra time, and if they want me to do that, I want it in writing that's what they're saying I have to do. Even so, I would seek advice from union and borough (we're not academy).  I still have another topic to do, so my head of faculty's suggestion that I complete another task for 98 students is unrealistic.  In addition, I had a teacher leave unexpectedly on the first day of term in September - therefore I have no other experienced staff to help with this who have taught the same exam board.

Any suggestions for what my "plan" should be, or any advice, gratefully received.  So far I have listed all of the interventions and assistance I gave to staff and students last year as evidence that I have done my best to be accountable and ensure students reach their potential, but can't think of a plan...

Full Time (Outer London) 
From January 2016 or earlier

This is a great opportunity to join one of the nation’s most prestigious selective state Boys’ Grammar Schools, with co-educational Sixth Form. Geography is a very popular subject with the majority of students opting to take it to GCSE and good uptake for A Level.  94% A*/B in A Level Geography 2015, 92% A*/A at GCSE 2012 - 2014, annual field trips include residential trips to Iceland or Sicily and Yorkshire, with day trips for every year group.

We seek a teacher with a genuine passion for Geography, who is able to inspire students in a flourishing Department. We are described by the Independent as one of the “state schools’ elite” and our top 3 leavers’ destinations are the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial.

St. Olave’s is a forward-looking school with a strong ethos of both scholarship and cultural development; students are encouraged to pursue areas of independent research as reflected in a number of scholarly publications, edited entirely within student run societies.

For more information, and application forms please see our website:

General Discussion / AlfieSoft for electronic marking
« on: May 13, 2015, 03:35:22 PM »
Does anybody use, or have experience of AlfieSoft?  In principle it looks like quite a good idea - providing quick feedback for the student and the teacher, although I'm not sure on the extent of the content.

Any comments about whether it's worth getting or not would be greatly appreciated.  As we're thinking of not buying textbooks for our GCSE students in future, we'd have a bit of extra budget...

We are looking for a full time Geography teacher to start in September at St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington (s-e London).

St Olave’s is a selective boys grammar school (mixed Sixth Form) with a very successful Geography department, which currently takes 10 field trips a year, and is enormously popular with students (on average 75% opt to take GCSE, with around 50 students continuing onto A Level). Orpington is on the outskirts of London (Outer London payscale) and is very accessible from many areas as it is 5 minutes from the M25 junction, with fast trains from London Bridge taking less than 20 minutes.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 5th February. Further details and an application form can be found on the school website 

If you have any queries please do email or call the school using the details on the website.

General Discussion / using adobe pdf for a job application
« on: January 09, 2011, 09:41:36 AM »
I would like to apply for a job that asks applicants to fill in an adobe pdf form and email it. I wonder if anyone can help me with two questions:

1. The adobe form does not allow the user to save typed data, nor does it send typed data in an email - it will only save or email a blank copy. Is there any way to overcome this? The only solution I can come up with so far is to print the form, fill it in, scan it and then email it. Or to ignore the instructions given and post the application.

2. Previous jobs I have applied for have been by post and so I have written a covering letter - is it correct to write the email as I would a covering letter, or should I attach a letter as a separate document?

Many thanks for any suggestions you can provide  :)

General Discussion / volunteering to teach abroad
« on: June 09, 2010, 09:56:00 AM »
I would really like to volunteer to teach abroad over the summer. Having looked into this most "placements" that I've come across are either for 8 weeks or more, or involve extremely high costs.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might be able to help out in a school? Or have links with a school abroad that I could contact directly?


General Discussion / famous geographers
« on: November 19, 2009, 10:47:34 AM »
Does any helpful person have a list of famous geographers (i.e. people who studied geography)?

so far all I have is Prince William and Michael Jordan, but I'm hoping to find more so that I can make a display to encourage more students to opt for Geography

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