A mindset change Coursework has been part of my Key Stage 4 experience as a student, trainee, teacher, Head of Department and Senior Leader.
Achievement in our schools 78 [page 3] Foreword by the Secretary of State This, the first White Paper of the new Government, is as much about equipping the people of this country for the challenge of the future as it is about the Government's core commitment to equality of opportunity and high standards for all.
Partnership for change means commitment from everyone: Valuing our teachers and celebrating success go hand in hand with raising expectations and then acting to fulfil them.
Everyone has a part to play. Children begin to learn about the world from the moment they are born. Families are the first teachers, helped by health visitors and others. At school, the caretaker and the school dinner lady, the school secretary and the classroom assistant are all part of the team.
In seeking the widest possible consultation through the summer and into the autumn, acting on that consultation and legislating where necessary to achieve our objectives, we wish to continue the process of creating a new culture in this country.
We want to change attitudes towards education and foster a realisation that education matters to everyone. To overcome economic and social disadvantage and to make equality of opportunity a reality, we must strive to eliminate, and never excuse, under-achievement in the most deprived parts of our country.
Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has called for an urgent review of the use of coursework in GCSE subjects. This follows a report from the QCA exam watchdog that pupils have been copying each others' work and downloading essays from the internet. Coursework in Mathematics A discussion paper October “GCSE coursework, excellent in principle, hasn't worked well in practice. So school QCA’s coursework review QCA published “A review of GCE and GCSE coursework arrangements” in November The foreword states. GCSEs. What are GCSEs? GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. GCSE examinations are taken by most pupils at the end of compulsory school education (year 11)in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Educational attainment encourages aspiration and self-belief in the next generation, and it is through family learning, as well as scholarship through formal schooling, that success will come. We are talking about investing in human capital in the age of knowledge.
To compete in the global economy, to live in a civilised society and to develop the talents of each and every one of us, we will have to unlock the potential of every young person.
By doing so, each can flourish, building on their own strengths and developing their own special talents. We must overcome the spiral of disadvantage, in which alienation from, or failure within, the education system is passed from one generation to the next.
To succeed we need the commitment, imagination and drive of all those working in our schools and colleges, if we are to set aside the doubts of the cynics and the corrosion of the perpetual sceptics.
We must replace the culture of complacency with commitment to success. That is why, in offering a "can do" Government, we are asking for a "can do" profession. We are placing great emphasis in the months ahead on getting initial teacher training right: Resources are not the sole answer to delivering our objectives, but we do recognise that an end to cut-backs and a commitment to supporting best practice are crucial to success.
The Government's first Budget was our first step in fulfilling the pledge that a greater share of national income should be spent on education.
It was a sign of our commitment to education and our determination to deliver our standards agenda. Priority is indeed being given to education, to employability and to investment for the future.Nov 03, · I wasn’t alone; according to the Review of GCSE Coursework from QCA (found here) about two-thirds of 16 year olds in the early s were taking GCSE English through syllabuses that had no examinations.
In the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) carried out a review of GCSE coursework arrangements. 1 This review was made in response to a number of issues raised by stakeholders about coursework, including concerns about marking. Review of standards in GCSE science (double award) –5 March QCA/07/ Coursework in Mathematics A discussion paper October “GCSE coursework, excellent in principle, hasn't worked well in practice.
So school QCA’s coursework review QCA published “A review of GCE and GCSE coursework arrangements” in November The foreword states. The prevalence of cheating in GCSE coursework is unacceptable (Allegation 4). Limited selection of sites relevant to this crisis Cheating claims prompt GCSEs review DailyMail (MailOnline) on 22 November QCA.
(). A Review of GCSE coursework. London: Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Paul E. Newton, Institute of . White Paper Excellence in Schools. [page 4] Lifting the morale and motivation of those who work in our schools, colleges and education authorities is as much about self-esteem and a belief that we really can succeed, as it is about anything that central government can do.