Drafts, GCSE's and school
I thought I would explain if I am not not as active as I usually am on this forum well the reason is pretty simple... EXAMS. Being in year 10 means that tomorrow (Tuesday 6th November) I have two tests a non-calculator maths Foundation GCSE and a English draft exam on the emotions Romeo and Juliet feel throughout the play. I also have another GCSE test on Thursday (8th November) which is another maths GCSE a foundation calculator test. So I guess ponies will have to wait till thursday afternoon but at least ive got saturday to look forward to and at least I dont have to resit my German writing test about holidays on friday like the rest of my class.
If your wondering why I'm doing foundation. I believe its just that the teachers just want us to pass as they are only teaching the things that are going to be on it. Also my German teacher (Ms Mcbride) even said that if we didn't get an A on the writing test we would have to resit it so I already know I've got an A in that. Finally I am doing the English baccalaureate which for you that dont know what that is heres a bit of history on it:
In late 2010, the UK Government introduced a new performance indicator called the English Baccalaureate, which measures the percentage of students in a school who achieve grades A*-C in English, mathematics, two sciences, a foreign language and history or geography at GCSE level. The reason for its introduction was to combat the perceived fall in the number of students studying foreign languages and science. The measure has been included in school league tables since January 2011. This incarnation of the English Baccalaureate is not a standalone qualification in itself, although the Government was considering introducing a certificate for pupils who achieved the required grades.
In September 2012, UK Education Minister Michael Gove announced that the name "English Baccalureate" would be used for a series of new qualifications designed to replace GCSEs in England, citing dumbing down as one of the motivating factors. The Government stated that it plans for the new qualifications to be more "rigorous", with exams to be taken at the end of the two-year course, rather than biannually as occurs under the modular GCSE system. Chris Keates of union NASUWT criticised the announcement as being "entirely driven by political ideology".
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