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Work Experience and 'gcse options'

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MrsSnape Thu 14-Aug-08 20:53:02

What year do teens go on work experience? does anyone know?

Also, are 'options' dependant on SATs results? My sister has got level 4's and 5's in all her SATs but has chosen travel and tourism and graphic design as her options. Now we've been told that as she didn't do well on her sats she's unlikely to get the options she wants as higher sats results get priority on places??

SqueakyPop Thu 14-Aug-08 20:59:27

Options are chosen in the spring term of Year 9, so before the Sats are done. Sats are only on core subjects which are compulsory GCSEs.

Most schools do work experience towards the end of Year 10. At my school, we do WE after the May half-term, with Y11s gone and the rest of the school on internal exams.

At DSs' school, they do WE at the end of Y11, after their GCSEs, so they don't actually lose any lesson time.

sarah293 Thu 14-Aug-08 21:04:08

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Blandmum Thu 14-Aug-08 21:07:44

and ours do their WE in year 11 in the fisrt term, can't remember exactly when

juuule Thu 14-Aug-08 21:08:27

Ds did his work experience the last week of y10.

Options picked at start of Y9 so not influenced by SATs.

Why not go into school and discuss with the year head.

WendyWeber Thu 14-Aug-08 21:26:32

GCSE options go in around Easter of Y9 at our school - SATs were done in May (as everywhere) & for DS2 last year results came out after the end of year IIRC.

WE was in Y10 some time but I forget when blush

Elkat Thu 14-Aug-08 21:42:46

In all the schools I've worked in, options were decided before the SATs exams have been taken.

WE varies from school to school - but will be sometime in mid to late year 10 or early year 11. They can't all do it at the same time as many places take WE students from different schools and if all the students were off at the same time, there wouldn't be enough places to send them to. So it will be unique to your school. Ask them. HTH

Blandmum Thu 14-Aug-08 21:45:29

We use predicted SATS grades to decide of a child is best suited to GCSE science or applied science.

If their actual results are wildly out, then we would re-place them, if that was their wish

SqueakyPop Thu 14-Aug-08 22:08:29

I can't see how poor Sats results would prevent anyone from doing Travel and Tourism and Graphic Design.

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