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Is the headteacher allowed to not accept GCSE coursework before the actual deadline? watch

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    My headteacher is saying that he will refuse to accept any coursework after half term and it will not be sent off to the exam board when the exam board's official deadline is after the Easter break. Although this will not affect me as I have finished all my coursework, I know that this will affect the majority of the year elevens in my school and their grades will be severely damaged. Is the headteacher allowed to do this? He says that if people try to submit after half term then it will not be accepted because those people will have an unfair advantage over the others because of the headteacher's deadline.

    That's stupid. He can't control when other people at different schools hand in their coursework, so he's never going to make it completely fair. Anyway, that's what the exam board's deadline is for. Not sure if he's allowed to do it though, just thought I'd comment

    Generally if a school sets an internal deadline then it is your responsibility to stick to it. I know my school wouldn't except coursework after a certain date and AFAIK there was nothing that could be done other than contacting the head directly.

    If he made an internal deadline for work and others have made the effort to get it on time then I agree it's not fair, and wouldn't be allowed to happen at universities.

    Yeah, but they do have an unfair advantage, deadlines are there for a reason. Maybe it will teach those who havent handed in their coursework a lesson

    Of course he bloody well is. What a stupid question.

    The teachers at my school almoust always say this but you usually find they'll let you off in the end, because they want everyone to pass. Though that might just be the case at my school (which also keep people who are behind in 'coursework catchup' sessions after school, it could be different elsewhere). However, I do agree that it is a little harsh but then again part of the reason they set deadlines is so teachers have a chance to look over your work and search for improvements before they send it off.

    Same at my school. Well, considering most people get over a month for a piece of coursework it kinda makes sense. Also, I guess they have to allow for the teachers to mark it and then sending off. I reakon they will let some people off but this means that most people will work to get their coursework finished by this halfterm, and then everyone (including the teachers) can concentrate on the exams.

    Your school will have a policy for compalints, but there are external deadlines for moderation. This is usually in May, but teachers will need time to mark the work and conduct internal standardisation. In the era of targets, however, he may be willing to provide an extension, especially with mitigating circumstances.

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