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General Discussion / Haiti's Killer Quake for new AQA GCSE
« on: June 07, 2016, 10:58:52 AM »
Hi all,

I have just returned from Maternity leave after a year off and trying to crack on with new AQA GCSE - we are moving from WJEC B.

Obviously didn't need any tectonics info before. I have contacted C4 and Pioneer who made the documentary but they want £25 for it!


Hi Jenny,
We can sell DVD copies at £25 incl. P&P.

Please let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in.

Thanks!
Emma

Emma Pople | Executive Assistant
Pioneer Productions
Fifth Floor, 1 Smiths Square

 I don't suppose anyone managed to record this when it was on? I could pay £10 but not £25!

Jenny

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General Discussion / Temporary/Maternity job in Worcestershire (Droitwich)
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:33:07 PM »
Hi all,

I did post on jobs but thought it was worth posting on main forum too.

I am going to be leaving to go on Maternity after Easter 2015. I work at Droitwich Spa High School (large comprehensive) in Worcestershire (5 mins off J5, M5) and have a very nice department with good resources, exam results etc. I will be off for a full year and is a full time post, although part time would be considered. A September start could be discussed too.

If anyone can think of anyone suitable or who would be interested, please let me know. It hasn't been advertised yet, we are just trying to get organised. If someone would like to come and look round, spend a day shadowing me etc, this could be arranged.

Please reply through the forum or to jenruddick@hotmail.com

Jenny Stace

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Job vacancies and job seekers / Maternity cover Worcestershire Easter 2015
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:49:05 AM »
Hi all,

I am going to be leaving to go on Maternity after Easter 2015. I work at Droitwich Spa High School (large comprehensive) in Worcestershire (5 mins off J5, M5) and have a very nice department with good resources etc. I will be off for a year so it would be perfect for a past PGCE student who hasn't managed to find full time work. The NQT year would be acknowledged and support put in place. Full time Geography with own classroom etc.

If anyone can think of anyone suitable or who would be interested, please let me know. It hasn't been advertised yet, we are just trying to get organised. If someone would like to come and look round, spend a day shadowing me etc, this could be arranged.

Jenny Stace

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General Discussion / Numeracy Display
« on: October 23, 2014, 08:48:49 AM »
Hi all,

Our SLT's new idea is for every department to have a Numeracy display somewhere in the corridor. Just wondering if anyone else has had to do one that they could upload a photo of for some ideas? I know there is lots to do for Geography but as it's end of half term I will end up sticking up some climate graphs with labels if I'm not careful!

Thanks

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General Discussion / WJEC B GCSE Paper
« on: May 14, 2014, 12:08:45 PM »
Hi all,

The WJEC B Ning doesn't seem to exist anymore, or the school network has blocked it. I wondered how other staff felt the Unit 1 paper went yesterday?

I thought it was a fair paper and decent case studies but foundation tier had an awful lot of reading, think this would have put a lot of children off. Don't know what has happened to the groups of people they are normally keen on? Spent two years practicing that and no-where to be seen.

Thanks

Jenny

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General Discussion / Y9 Levels or Grades
« on: November 19, 2013, 08:57:21 AM »
Hi all,

We have been told that despite not doing the GCSE in Y9 we are going to have to give Y9 GCSE grades instead of levels. Does anyone else do this? I just thought giving out E's and U's would be really demotivating and surely bad for option uptake? I did argue I would struggle to give a GCSE grade but apparently it should be easy?!! It will be starting after Christmas on their next report.

Feeling a little fed up with the whole thing as I can't see any benefits at the minute

Any advice would be great

Thanks

Jenny

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General Discussion / HS2
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:41:42 AM »
Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone has done a case study/lesson on the HS2? I emailed our exam officer last night and realised what we had planned for Y11 didn't hit enough of the assessment criteria.

Had to change so many case studies over the past couple of years I'm beginning to run out of steam. WIlling to share others.

Thanks

Jenny

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General Discussion / Giant Map England and Wales
« on: July 15, 2013, 03:04:59 PM »
I don't know if anyone else has ever hired this map but it's great!

www.maplandbritain.co.uk

We have got it for 2 days and my classes have loved it - infact one student went at lunch to change his option form from History to Geography :)

£233 for 2 days which we paid for from our remaining Iceland money.

Would recommend, especially at this time of year. Got some great photos but don't think I can upload onto here.

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General Discussion / Appointing new teacher
« on: March 11, 2013, 04:26:34 PM »
Hi all,

We are in the situation of needing to employ a new member of the Geography dept. This is due to a part time member of staff retiring and a HUGE increase in numbers (138 opted for geography this year).

I was the last person the dept employed 6 years ago and we could do with some good questions (other than the very basics) that are good to ask at interview. The post will probably go to an NQT. We do a lot of fieldwork and I have just done my masters on geography fieldwork so know the type of questions to ask on this.

Any ideas would be great as we want the best (obviously!!!)  due to the dept's results being historically excellent.

Thanks

Jenny


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General Discussion / Geology AS or A2
« on: January 17, 2013, 10:55:55 AM »
Hi Everyone,

Anyone out there teach Geology? We have been asked to start a course to keep some of our 6th form students leaving to go to the local 6th form (Worcester).

Has anyone got any advice on good specifications, ideas for fieldwork etc?

Literally starting from nothing - the school has never taught it

Thanks

Jenny

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General Discussion / Options Query
« on: February 28, 2012, 12:45:38 PM »
Hi all,

Just a query to see if any schools have this same issue.

For the first time this year the options coloumn at our school has a complusory HUMANITIES GCSE (AQA), along with English, Maths, Science etc. This is apparently to be taught by the RE dept in place of RE!!

This doesn't count towards the EBacc but surely students will think "oh well i wont have to do geog and history if i take this" OR "surely we will get taught very similar topics"????

Has anyone else had the same/similar problems before? We go WJEC B and some of the topics are the same e.g. people and work and half the course for the Humanities GCSE is "Environmental Issues".

Thanks


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General Discussion / Moving classrooms :(
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:22:41 AM »
Hi all,

Following a recent dreadful OfSTED inspection, the Geography and History Departments (would like to add we had our best results ever and weren't a focus for the inspectors) are being moved out of their lovely classrooms to maths (direct swap).

I take great pride in my displays and classroom in general so this is causing a lot of disruption, although not to maths as the kids finish their exams this week so we are moving next week!

Anyway getting to the point after my rant, I am struggling to take my maps down without ripping them. I have the £1 shop maps, free european ones, lots of lovely material from SLN in general eg. movie posters and quotes but wondering if there is anything else I may have missed for my move? The kids say how depressing the maths block is and so I want to make it as nice as possible.

I have just emailed NASWUT union as apparently they have a nice map - used to have the continent one but that doesn't exist anymore.

Thanks in advance

Jen

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General Discussion / CPD weekend Swanage
« on: October 16, 2011, 10:12:18 PM »
Hi all,

I have just returned from a weekend down in Swanage staying at Harrow House with 11 other geography teachers. It was totally free and we have had an amazing hands on experience to the sort of fieldwork Leeson House offers GCSE and A-Level students.

Apparently they will be running it again next Oct so keep your eyes out as I would thoroughly recommend it.

Jenny

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Hi all,

We had the call this morning for OfSTED this Wed and Thursday. We are out this week on Year 11 controlled assessment fieldwork and the head has told my head of dept she wants to see him about cancelling the trip wednesday as she wants us in school???

I thought we were meant to carry on as usual?

Anyone had any experience on this as I want to stand our ground if she does decide to make us cancel it.

Thanks

Jenny


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General Discussion / More changes ahead
« on: September 29, 2011, 12:17:18 PM »
Does this mean no controlled assessment as 100% of assessment is terminal (see below)?


Dear Colleague

Please find attached a copy of the recently published Ofqual consultation on gcse reform.
One key section is:

15. We are proposing to change this to the following.

For subject awards up to and including summer 2013, unitised specifications must:

i. contain a maximum of four assessment units in a single award

ii. allocate a weighting of at least 20% to each assessment unit

iii. allow only one re-sit of an assessment unit with the better result counting towards the qualification

iv. allocate a weighting of at least 40% to terminal assessment

v. ensure results for a unit have a shelf-life limited only by the shelf-life of the relevant specification.


For subject awards after summer 2013, unitised specifications must:

i. contain a maximum of four assessment units in a single award

ii. allocate a weighting of at least 20% to each assessment unit

iii. require that 100% of the assessment is terminal

iv. not permit unit results to be carried forward from one examination series to another, except in the following cases:

(a) where those units have already been used to aggregate to a GCSE single award and a candidate wishes to re-use the unit result to aggregate to a double award in the same subject, or

(b) where a candidate wishes to carry forward the result from one or more controlled assessment units which have already been used to aggregate to a GCSE single or double award in order to re-take a whole qualification

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