« Last post by htdavies on March 09, 2014, 11:27:03 AM »
It is aften a dilema for us when we are deciding what tier we enter pupils for but as I teach in Wales we are still able to sit modular exams at GCSE with the WJEC exam board and we follow spec A for Geography.
We have a number of pupils who have better geography skills than literacy skills and they aften fail to respond to the requirements of the question on Higher Tier or fail to identify a named landform or examples. These pupils may cope well on Foundation Tier but we do not want them to become disillusioned because we have not entered them for HT. We have entered pupils for FT in Year 10 on Paper 1 and if they have done well on that paper they sit HT in Year 11 for Paper 2.
The introduction of marks for SPG on Paper 2 has made us think carefully about the literacy skills and the ability to respond to the requirements of the exam question of those entered for Paper 2 because if they do not get any marks for the geography element of the question they will not get any marks for SPG. There are 12 marks for SPG out of a total of 74 on paper 2 so this will have a significant impact on the grade for some pupils.