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Letter of the week

PUBLISHED: 12:54 09 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 05 July 2010

IT appears to be a regular occurrence these days that as soon as any school exam results are published they are panned as being too easy or the marking is not up to scratch.

IT appears to be a regular occurrence these days that as soon as any school exam results are published they are panned as being too easy or the marking is not up to scratch.

Could the results actually be reflecting the students' hard work, their natural academic ability and flair for the subjects that they have chosen?

Teachers are there to facilitate, advise and encourage, but what chance do any of our students have when they are constantly bombarded with negative comments?

The school that I teach at encourages students of all abilities, academic or vocational, and as such we have courses designed to suit all types.

As far as the league tables go, vocational and alternative course results are not included in those presented each year.

The standards of exams are equivalent but are not counted as GCSEs. Alternative curriculums that produce high pass results in adult literacy and numeracy are not included, even though technically, the standards match those of foundation English and maths GCSE courses.

We do not incorporate our results in the manner suggested by Civitas and especially not as a way of bolstering results or using them as “fillers” for students who could jeopardise A* to C results. These types of reports undermine the work that every student, and teacher, undertakes in order to improve their future skills in life and it is downright unfair to suggest that their qualifications, in any subjects, are less than they are.

C M WILLIS

Bourne Road

Lowestoft

This wins our Letter of the Week Award and the writer will receive a bouquet courtesy of Sansom's Florists.


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