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General Discussion / Forest change mapped by Google Earth
« on: November 15, 2013, 02:33:45 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24934790

Fascinating. The Amazon doesn't appear to be the area of greatest loss, though of course the projection could have something to do with that!

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General Discussion / Apple products anyone?
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:33:12 PM »
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/14/forced-student-labour-china-apple

It's not just Apple though.

And they're turned into ejunk...



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General Discussion / Mapping Mediterranean migration
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:21:08 PM »

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General Discussion / Michael Gove to Teach for a Term
« on: June 15, 2013, 08:05:47 PM »
http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/michael-gove-to-teach-for-a-term?source=facebook-share-button&time=1371291066

Never happen, but be good to see how many signatures it gets. I think a week would be more realistic, as long as he has to do all his planning, marking, paperwork, meetings, extra-curricular himself.

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General Discussion / SOW - unreasonable?
« on: June 15, 2013, 12:10:03 PM »
Hello

For the third year running, my college is asking for a SOW done in a totally different format from the year before. Has anyone else had this? To me it seems excessive. The new SOW is basically ALL the planning for the whole year and they are asking us to complete them over the summer, ready for a possible inspection in September. The idea is that each contains LPs as well so that you don't need separate ones. It took me 2 hours to complete the first three weeks on one of the 5 SOW I need to do.... I can't use the ones they demand in class as they are very text heavy and I am a visual learner so have to do my own anyway - SOW and LPs. Any advice welcome!

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General Discussion / New GCSEs announcement.
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:17:09 PM »
Here we go again..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22841266

So he backed down on the name of EBacc, otherwise exactly the same?

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General Discussion / General Qn about Lesson obs
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:25:09 PM »
In my college, in line with new no notice inspections, we get notice an observation will take place, but not when in a whole week. Is that usual? We used to be told which lesson it would be.

I think it is unnecessary stress. We are still graded on paperwork etc, even though the new Ofsted obs do not. As a one person department, I never have time to do full typed up LPs for every lesson but that it what they expect -of course I plan my lessons but in a personal short hand in my planner and within my SOW. With my students I often have to adapt lessons when i find they haven't done something in KS3 or 4. Having been off on sick leave for 3 weeks, I am totally stressing out! I have got the new visual LPs which I love - but doubt our SLT will accept them.

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General Discussion / EPQ - hours?
« on: September 23, 2012, 09:10:50 PM »
Hello

I am apparently shortly to take over the EPQ, and no one has really run it properly at my college before. Just wondering if you have it timetabled and if so, how much student time you have or non-contact hours to run it, for how many students. Do you have one main person or do you have an appointed supervisor and co-ordinator? We'll be doing AQA, and I have only just started looking into it, but not sure how I'll find the time.  :o

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General Discussion / Any second-hand Geology or AQA A-level Geography books?
« on: September 04, 2012, 08:35:17 PM »
Hello

If any school/college or ex-student is giving away/selling any unwanted books, any of the authors for AQA, I'd be really interested.

Geology books wanted too! Even one or two copies of anything would be great!

Thanks

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General Discussion / GCSE in one year??
« on: August 16, 2012, 10:17:34 PM »
Hello

I found out today that I MAY be teaching GCSE in one year with 3 hours a week, mostly to school leavers. This is for those that may continue to A-levels (whatever subjects). My choice is basically GCSE Geography or Humanities. I'm loath to do the latter. Is anyone already doing this, and how do you find it? Despite teaching some GCSE before I have somehow never run CA (temp contracts till now), and can't see how this would fit in. I'm thinking of doing the iGCSE, but really don't know much about it. Any advice most welcome at this stage!! Thanks.

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