This week Ed is perplexed about the ramifications for Purbeck’s future students of our beloved Secretary of State for Education’s plans to scrap GCSEs.
The thoughts of Mr Gove are that GCSEs will be simply scrapped (“not fit for purpose” - are we getting bored with that expression yet?) Grade inflation (so that’s why the results are all improving!) and our international cousins overtaking us are cited as the justifications.
So FF has the answer, the new exams for 16 year olds will be called the EWoks!
Not much to report on locally this week – Education Swanage’s Plan C, to set up temporary shop at Harrow House was announced at their Information Event last Tuesday – so far Ed thinks the reaction to this is best described as muted – (early days I suppose, plus ES sometimes announce their news items first on their student-cultured FaceBook social network group page).
Like many others, Ed is still weighing up the implications for Education in Purbeck of this news, but is beginning to think this could be a very sensible move, as it enables the viability of TPSFSS to be properly tested before the DfE commit (or not) our tax payers money to a much-trumpeted new school building in a corner of Swanage. Commendations for ES are perhaps in order? A chance to make them will be at the next ES/TPSFSS’s Information Event on Saturday 29th September between 2.00 – 4.00pm at The Mowlem Community Room, Swanage.
Whether this helps add clarity to the confusing dual-admissions process situation remains to be seen. Details of TPSFSS‘s application process (closing on 31 January, 3 months after the unified DCC version closes) are fully explained on page 29 of the October edition of the very excellent The Purbeck Gazette.
EiPs lurkers may also like to flick through to the Gazette’s letter pages (pp 9 -12 – not yet on line) to read no less than seven well written and balanced letters following up The Purbeck Gazette’s article about new school locations in Swanage in September’s edition. Plenty for EiPs lurkers to chew over there, and Ed is fairly sure that the final letter on page 12 probably represents the views of the writer, and not necessarily those of her employer.
Next week The Purbeck School opens its doors on Thursday 27th September for its Open Evening event, 5:30 pm start. The Purbeck School website also contains details about the implications of this summer’s English GCSE grading fiasco and how it affects Purbeck students. Ed is sure it will now end either in court or a parliamentary enquiry, as the smell of fish seems to be getting stronger (allegedly of course).
EiPs new feature, Primary Website of the week features Wool First School, the home page of which has links to E-Safety pages, which contains the advice about being careful with social networking sites like Facebook as apparently people use alias accounts!. Just as well that Facebook is filterd out of Purbeck school’s Internet service then.
Finally, in an attempt to add some diversity of opinion for its lurkers, Ed has invited several educational institutions in Purbeck to consider offering somebody to take part in the next interview. We all wait with anticipation to see who that might be!
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