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1. I am re-taking my maths GCSE 9-1 in June 2018 and i want to do the Higher Paper because i need a grade 6 to do A Level Maths but my teacher says she will only put students on the higher paper who get 60/80 on a mock foundation is she being fair because i think its a lot of pressure

Thanks
Lee
2. I wouldn't really say that's fair. What set are you in? In my school set 1&2 (possibly 3??) get entered for the higher paper. Maybe the questions on the foundation aren't your strongest points but you know that you could do well on the higher paper, so I believe using mocks to see if you should be entered for the higher paper is completely unfair.
3. (Original post by Milli22)
I wouldn't really say that's fair. What set are you in? In my school set 1&2 (possibly 3??) get entered for the higher paper. Maybe the questions on the foundation aren't your strongest points but you know that you could do well on the higher paper, so I believe using mocks to see if you should be entered for the higher paper is completely unfair.
what do you think i should say to the teacher then as i have to get a 6 i am so desperate for it my heart will literally be broken if i do foundation as it means i can't do what i want
4. I'd suggest explaining your situation to the teacher and tell her that if she doesn't allow you to take the higher paper, she's destroying your future and your passion. If she still is against you taking the higher paper, go to the head of department (if she is the head of department, take it to your head of year) and explain your situation and let them know how hard you're willing to work for this
5. (Original post by Milli22)
I'd suggest explaining your situation to the teacher and tell her that if she doesn't allow you to take the higher paper, she's destroying your future and your passion. If she still is against you taking the higher paper, go to the head of department (if she is the head of department, take it to your head of year) and explain your situation and let them know how hard you're willing to work for this
she is my head of department and i am in a college doing it alongside a BTEC qualification so should i take it to the prinicipal of the college or my course leader
6. I'd say course leader first, but if that leads to nothing definitely go to the principal. After going through everyone you can hopefully they'll realise how determined you are about this
7. ok thank you
8. (Original post by liamlarner)
I am re-taking my maths GCSE 9-1 in June 2018 and i want to do the Higher Paper because i need a grade 6 to do A Level Maths but my teacher says she will only put students on the higher paper who get 60/80 on a mock foundation is she being fair because i think its a lot of pressure

Thanks
Lee
She is being very fair. She is telling you clearly what the target is for being entered for higher tier. You have already studied this material and are preparing for a retake. If you know what is expected of you, know how important it is to you and you are not capable of achieving it then what is going to change so you get a 6 in the summer?
9. (Original post by gdunne42)
She is being very fair. She is telling you clearly what the target is for being entered for higher tier. You have already studied this material and are preparing for a retake. If you know what is expected of you, know how important it is to you and you are not capable of achieving it then what is going to change so you get a 6 in the summer?
i am going to take the advice it is not fair this early on and say i am prepared to work if i get put on foundation it is ruining my future i need higher tier so if she still does not let me i will take it to principal/ course leader
10. It is fair as that way your mocks will show you if you will be able to do higher or foundation.
11. Well you just need to work hard and do well on the mock. It is fair because it's making sure you get put on the correct paper to achieve the best possible grade; you should be able to get 60/80 on a foundation paper if you want to do well on a higher paper- what makes you think you won't be able to score 60? Sorry but if you're worried you can't get that then I would reconsider taking a level maths as it is vastly more difficult and I would doubt someone's ability to pass if they cannot score highly on a gcse foundation paper.
Best of luck- I'm sure you're worried for nothing. Also, if you mess up for some reason but get very good marks on other papers throughout the year then they'd probably enter you for higher when the time comes.
12. If you can't get 60 on foundation give it up kid.
13. I think you should think about it. The higher paper definately isn't easy judging by how my peers reacted to last years paper. I think you should definately get your hands on the 2017 paper or a specimen paper that is higher and do it. Time yourself 1h and 30 mins and mark it properly. Then see if you think you can handle it in June where it could even be harder.

BUT that isn't to say you can't do it. If you study like hell and believe you are ready then do it. Go for your gut. And do it externally!!! Who cares about your teachers opinion. It's your life.

Good luck.
14. For the foundation im pretty sure that a 50 out of 80 would be a 5
15. You need to stop panicking about whether you will get the grade on the mock and start working for it! Just try your absolute best if you really want it I am sure you will achieve it

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