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Does anyone know what private schools are doing regarding the new Nat Curric/GCSEs etc?

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bronya Mon 28-Oct-13 14:19:26

Will they follow it, or is there an international option they could choose instead? I know there are iGCSEs but don't know how they would be affected by this change.

whendidyoulast Mon 28-Oct-13 14:31:09

As I understand it, IGCSEs are exempt so far. We will therefore stick with IGCSE in my subject.

Talkinpeace Mon 28-Oct-13 15:27:40

Neither private schools, Free schools nor Academies have to follow the National Curriculum.
Lots of state schools are now doing IGCSEs
Academies account for well over half of all secondaries and rising

the whole Nat Curr stuff is a PITA from Gove.

wordfactory Mon 28-Oct-13 15:30:03

OP DS school already did iGCSEs pretty much across the board. I think there are one or two exceptions.

DD's school is going to embrace the new normal GCSEs, although it has begun introducing some iGCSEs where it feels the gap is too large between GCSE and A level eg MFL.

whendidyoulast Mon 28-Oct-13 17:56:58

I'm interested that your dd's school has decided to embrace the new GCSEs, word. Do you know the reasons behind this decision? Of course, we haven't yet seen what these GCSEs will look like...

wordfactory Mon 28-Oct-13 19:36:05

whendid when I attended the last parents evening I asked most of the techers what they felt about the 2014 cohort moving from modular to linear fully expecting to meet a mixed reaction.

But actrually they said to a (wo) man that they would be glad to see the back of the bloody modules. That the endless finish module, revise, take exam, finish next module, revise, take exam made for a very disjointed GCSE experience, endlessly ramped up nervves and stress etc.

Full embracing of the changes.

With regards to the 'new' O levels (or whatever they'll be called) they were cautiously optimistic grin.

wordfactory Mon 28-Oct-13 19:38:10

They seemed to be saying that if the 'new' o levels were a complete fuck up, they would switch to iGCSE en masse.

That way they'd ditch modules but have a curriculum that was fairly tried and tested.

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