New UK exam system needed

** Heads call for regrading of GCSEs **
Head teachers are pressing for this summer’s English GCSEs to be regraded amid a row over grade boundaries.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/education-19399434

 

So what we are saying here is that the fiasco over grade boundaries needs to be investigated in order that we make sure that results continue their year on year improvement?

 

I agree that the results should be re-graded because what has happened to this year’s cohort is clearly unfair as they are not being treated in the same way as their GCSE predecessors.

 

Will somebody in government (Michael Gove for instance) not just admit that these exams are not fit for purpose and introduce a new system where examinations are difficult and everybody sits the same ones. It is making us a laughing stock.

Free schools idea flawed..focus needed elsewhere such as GCSEs!

School funds cut before opening
Government funding to a free school in Bradford is withdrawn a week before it was due to open.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/uk-england-leeds-19396745

I am personally totally opposed to the whole ‘Free Schools’ enterprise. If there is one thing that requires a carefully managed, centralised system it is surely compulsory education. How can we possibly standardise if we encourage a sub system that is virtually autonomous?

 

There are many problems with the present system, not least the woeful standard of GCSE qualifications, but surely we should be working towards changing and improving the system, not looking for cheaper alternatives beyond government control?

Trying to save a sinking ship

Gove denies interference in GCSEs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/education-19355959

It looks to me as if the Government, along with the examination boards, are desperately trying to save a sinking ship.
Regardless of this bickering over grade boundaries the core problem is that GCSEs need to be swept away to make way for a more challenging and far simpler system.
Students past, present and future should be able to stand side by side with qualifications in hand. The achievement of five As (at O Level) in 1970 is a far greater one than the achievement of five GCSE As in 2012. We need to rectify this now so future generations get the education they deserve.

UK exam system needs root and branch reform in reference to GCSE results

** GCSE grades fall for first time **
There is a fall in the proportion of GCSEs awarded an A*-C grade, for the first time since the exams were introduced 24 years ago.
< http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/education-19349444 >

It is good that the relentless ‘improvement’ in GCSE results has been slightly curtailed. I can’t help thinking that all the talk of dumbing down has had a major effect on these results.

 

As the article says, “… head teachers representing dozens of schools say some students have been marked down by an entire grade in English compared with the results that teachers had predicted.”

 

Perhaps the way things were done this year differs from the last? This system of “comparable outcomes” is a way of representing results that is cause for concern to many in education.

 

Because Ofqual “…told exam boards they would have to justify any results notably different to those of previous years,” I’m sure they were more concerned than normal about publishing record grades.

 

The grass roots problems remain unchanged. The exams are too easy and not fit for purpose; the system needs to be overhauled, root and branch.

Independent and state schools sharing sports facilities ….Excellent idea!!

BOA in private schools sport plea
All independent schools should share their sports facilities with state schools, the outgoing chairman of the British Olympic Association says.
Sharing facilities is an excellent idea and only fair for independent schools to retain their charity status. It is worth stating that many city-based independent schools have no facilities at all so the arrangement should be reciprocal. I worked at an independent school London that used Hyde Park for its games lessons.

Pioneering Development in Online Private Tuition

A pioneering new online tuition service has recently launched that will revolutionise the delivery of private, personalised, home-based learning for English, Maths, French and many other subjects.

Webtutornet.com, established by Nevil Chiles of Kensington & Chelsea Tutors Ltd has been in development for two years. It allows teachers and tutors to deliver personalised lessons to students using the internet.

Face to face online private tuition that’s NOT Skype!

A pioneering new online tuition service has recently launched that will revolutionise the delivery of private, personalised, home-based learning for English, Maths, French and many other subjects.

Webtutornet.com, established by Nevil Chiles of Kensington & Chelsea Tutors Ltd has been in development for two years. It allows teachers and tutors to deliver personalised lessons to students using the internet.

Face to face online private tuition that’s NOT Skype!

A pioneering new online tuition service has recently launched in the UK that will revolutionise the delivery of private, personalised, home-based learning for English, Maths, French and many other subjects.

 

Webtutornet.com, established by Nevil Chiles of Kensington & Chelsea Tutors Ltdhas been in development for two years. It allows teachers and tutors to deliver personalised lessons to students using the internet.

 

Nevil, who has worked within education both in the UK and abroad for over two decades, explained: “This is the first online tutorial resource that has been specially designed to exactly mimic the experience of a one-to-one lesson without leaving home.

 

“This is not Skype! We have written the software specifically to do the job. It has all the facets of a live lesson but teacher and pupil could be on opposite sides of the planet! It is the result of two years of hard work,” added Nev.

 

Teacher and pupil can see and hear each other, share and annotate documents and ‘write’ on documents using a specialised mouse. There is a virtual notepad, Open Office to work with popular document formats and a number of other innovations and features.

 

The new site features a number of informative videos that clearly explain the process for both tutors and pupils.

 

Nev went on “Initial feedback from both students and tutors has been immensely positive. Home visits for private lessons will continue but I firmly believe that this offers an excellent alternative for the delivery of private learning.”

 

After registering, each tutor and student receives a set of equipment that includes a headset, a webcam and a mouse pad with specialised mouse that is used like a pen. There is no software to download as the system is entirely web based but files and documents can be safely and securely shared online between tutor and student.

 

Nev added: “The ethos behind webtutornet.com is more than just to provide a way of delivering lessons online, it is also to create a social network for learning.

 

“The tutors set their own rates of pay and you can study their profiles and availability to select the tutor that best fits your needs. It offers all the subjects you would expect but the sky really is the limit, both in subject matter and the location of teachers and students,” added Nevil who set up Kensington & Chelsea Tutors in 2002.

 

One of the first tutors to use the system gave it a definite thumbs up. Angad Rihal, who provides tuition in Maths, amongst other subjects, commented, “Webtutornet offers an innovative method for delivering lessons to students. As a tutor it provides me with unrivalled flexibility and helps to incorporate technology and IT into private teaching.”

 

As Adrian Chiles, who hosts the site’s video content, says, “Learn about anything, at anytime, anywhere. It’s just like having a personal tutor at home, virtually!”

 

For more details visit www.webtutornet.com or follow on Twitter @webtutornet.

http://www.pressbox.co.uk/detailed/Education/Online_Tuition_Moves_Forward_with_Webtutornet_958521.html