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    hi!

    So here is the thing. My school suddenly decided to pull the top three sets of year 10 classes out of the Maths exam this summer, for they now believe we're not good enough to achieve the As and A*s.
    *Cough* *cutting budgets* *cough cough*
    And this is contributed mainly by the extremely slow and dreadful lessons-- seriously! We're meant to be getting the top grades but my Maths teacher simply continues to teach us the same fricking D - C grade stuffs, FOR THREE FLIPPING CONTINUOUS YEARS!!! Oh, and ironically the students who didn't acquire a grade above C, are given the opportunity to resit. WTF.
    What mortify me the most is the school now boldly dare to state we are not being entered because it'd be impossible to cover everything we need, (and should've been taught anyways) before the summer exam, and therefore unable to get the high grades.
    " unless you have a private tutor, or you are a natural maths genius with great intelligence, then you can't be entered." Seriously, I'm directly quoting what the head of Maths said in this morning's assembly.

    Back to my point, I obviously hold strong opposition to this decision. And I have confidence in getting an A* in the exam because of the followings:
    • I was 2 marks off an A* when I was entered last year (year 9)
    • Realized the fact there's no hope whatsoever if I rely on the teachers in my school; they're too busy having a cup of coffee with their Marks&Spencer afternoon biscuits.
    • hence, I bought revision books, went on various educational websites and TSR to get as much notes and help as possible
    • In my latest assessment (March 2013 papers), i got an A* overall.


    Apology if I seems very complacent. The long repressed frustration has finally exploded after today.

    Bear in mind, my school changes their policy, grading system and everything else whenever they feel like; par exemple:
    ''oh look! the sun is out today and I have been suffering from mid-life crisis. Might as well make my students miserable and confused about what is going on too! LOL''
    Also,rewind 3 months back; I was pursuing for a work placement in a local
    hospital. Since it would enhance one's CV, availability of this placement is scarce. I therefore arranged to do it in November, when the dates are yet to be taken. But my school has to be a spoil sprat and change my exam right to the dates I have arranged for work placement... GREEAATTT! (I genuinely thought my GCSE maths would be over and done with by August 2013 and therefore move onto the A level stuff like the year 11s after they've received their results from March)


    Finally, I really needs some valid points to back up my stance in this, everybody else including my class (top set--supposed to be focused) have this 'arsesy' attitude of 'Nobody cares about Maths anyway, lets go get pissed YOLO

    Any suggestions?
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    Glad your school has seen sense. I expect they have been alerted to the publication of the Ofsted report on the disadvantages of widespread and unnecessary early entry and are pooing their collective pants.
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    Glad your school has seen sense. I expect they have been alerted to the publication of the Ofsted report on the disadvantages of widespread and unnecessary early entry and are pooing their collective pants.
    "However, it also finds that some schools have used early entry intelligently and effectively as part of their wider work to raise standards."

    I don't see why early entry should be discouraged. To even call it early entry is questionable, some GCSEs should be started earlier since SATS finally got scrapped.
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    (Original post by Acruzen)
    "However, it also finds that some schools have used early entry intelligently and effectively as part of their wider work to raise standards."

    I don't see why early entry should be discouraged. To even call it early entry is questionable, some GCSEs should be started earlier since SATS finally got scrapped.
    Universities do not see it as an advantage to take qualifications earlier than intended. Getting an A instead of an A* in a GCSE isn't countered by the fact you sat it a year early - an A is an A. So unless you literally knew for a fact you were going to achieve an A* in that exam, there's no point sitting it early. I know someone who did A-Level maths in year 10, and got about 85% overall - and his Cambridge rejection (for maths) was pretty much down to his low module scores.
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    Kidnap his family and hold them to ransom.

    or write a strongly worded letter.

    (quite obviously joking)
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    Universities do not see it as an advantage to take qualifications earlier than intended. Getting an A instead of an A* in a GCSE isn't countered by the fact you sat it a year early - an A is an A. So unless you literally knew for a fact you were going to achieve an A* in that exam, there's no point sitting it early. I know someone who did A-Level maths in year 10, and got about 85% overall - and his Cambridge rejection (for maths) was pretty much down to his low module scores.
    I don't intend to take the exam in November as its date coincide with my work placement which I have pursued since January. To alter the dates again, would simply be inconvenient. Plus I doubt the extended period would be useful unless both pupils and the teacher are actually engaged... Also I'm less cramped with CATs and work in the summer than in November, whilst the time for preparation is also an influential factor to my overall grade.
 
 
 
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