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As Monday will soon be upon us, what are we expecting? Articles taken from the Independent? Ridiculous thresholds?
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Sleepless nights, head aches and stress... the usuals I imagine. Oh and not forgetting the added pressure this year of marking the writing tests ourselves just to throw in to add to it all!!
Still no lesson planning so every cloud has a silver lining!!
Not got a clue what to expect, except that the thresholds will go up. Is it just me or do they seem to sneek them up by 1 or 2 marks every year? We are having the writing externally marked so will still be craming on Monday!
groovyshell83Still no lesson planning so every cloud has a silver lining!!
Try the whole of key stage 2 in one class!
I'm busy planning for a variety of TAs and cover supervisors next week so I can be with my Y6s for the tests, and then I'll have to mark the work the years 3-5 did!
elizabeth1972 Try the whole of key stage 2 in one class!I'm busy planning for a variety of TAs and cover supervisors next week so I can be with my Y6s for the tests, and then I'll have to mark the work the years 3-5 did!
OK, you win the sympathy stakes!
LOL - wasn't looking for sympathy!
elizabeth1972 LOL - wasn't looking for sympathy!
You have it anyway. I taught 3/4/5/6 for 3 months on supply and it was tough! ( Mind you, my first post was R/1/2 which was just as bad!)
I went to a moderating meeting recently (we're marking the writing tests internally) which said that the moderators who'll be coming will definitely NOT look at the writing tests themselves as evidence, but we teachers can use the tests to inform our judgements. The moderators can, of course, then question these judgements and ask for evidence, but it seems they will not consider the test scripts themselves as evidence and will not look at them...
It seemed a bit weird to me - I came away wondering WHY exactly I'm going to be going to the trouble of marking the wretched scripts if I can't use them to show why someone's the level I say they are. Wish we'd had them marked externally - okay, so the marking quality was variable, but at least someone else was doing it and I had only my normal marking workload to take up my evenings and weekends at a time when I'm also supposed to be writing reports.
Now I feel like I'm going to spend the next few weeks of my life marking test papers for the government - unpaid, too - and at the same time continue to set and mark more extended writing to use as evidence AND try to get my reports done. And Mr Wilshaw thinks I'm not stressed?
Do you think I can get away with scrawling a red lin at the end of each script and writing some random numbers on the front, like the real markers do, or will I need to do as the moderating manager suggests and highlight copies of the markscheme for each individual script and annotate everything, just so that the moderators can just ignore it all?
Bah! What a stupid system!
And moderation includes levelled work across the curriculum ( who on earth levels writing in history for literacy objectives!) whereas external marking doesn't.
I know the "old" system was a shambles but the new system is even worse!
I am definitily thinking poetry related. Yikes!!! As for the writing??? Any ideas? Setting description maybe for short?
For those internal markers among you...are you still doing writing on Tuesday? And do we have to mark the spelling ourselves too?
groovyshell83 For those internal markers among you...are you still doing writing on Tuesday? And do we have to mark the spelling ourselves too?
We're going to do the writing towards the end of June, despite being moderated. I'm assuming that the spelling is in with the short writing, and that we mark it internally too, but we haven't had any firm information on that.
It's all such a shambles!
We did ours last week. The spelling is in with the short writing.
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