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What happen if Dd can't sit an exam due to having/having just had surgery ??

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TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 17-Oct-12 21:52:07

Dd is in Yr 10 and on the waiting list for spinal surgery. Ive spoken to the hospital today, and we are looking at Jan at the earliest.

Exams now, seem to be all over the place rather than in the summer and I am worried about what will happen if dd can't attend one. Even if the exams are in the srping summer, there is still a chance dd wont be able to sit it.

She will miss roughly 8 weeks of school in total, so the chance of missing an exam is quite high now i think.

noblegiraffe Wed 17-Oct-12 22:01:35

If she's in Y10 then she should be sitting linear exams for all her courses, which will mean the end of Y11 (or possibly Y10 for some science). Unless your school is trying to cram them through modular in Y10 before it goes?
So really she shouldn't have any exams in Jan, maybe some science in June although she might miss out on some controlled assessment. This can be sat at any time in the course so the school should be able to make arrangements for her to catch up when she gets back to school.

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 17-Oct-12 22:04:43

Thank you. I think they are doing some modular exams.

According to dd, exams start in Jan.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 17-Oct-12 22:08:43

Is she doing Core Science this year? She could be doing this as a modular exam, with a module in January. However, she could take all the modules in June, no problem.

noblegiraffe Wed 17-Oct-12 22:11:59

If they are doing some modules, then they need to be done by June, I think. If she misses them in Jan then she should be able to sit them in June. If she misses June modules then I'm not really sure what would happen. Maths and English would have a resit option in November for the missed modules but I don't know if she would then have to sit linear in other subjects. I'd get her to ask what subjects she's defintely sitting GCSE exams for this year then phone the heads of departments to discuss options.

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 17-Oct-12 22:14:29

Thank you both.

Clearly I need to get dd to find out, or find out myself, exactly when exams are. I'm not sure who to contact about it.

I got dd to ask what would happen with lesson work while she was off, and the form tutor said that they would just send her some topics home to do.
I then discovered that legally, the school have to inform the LEA, and dd should be given 5 hours teaching at home, per week.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 17-Oct-12 22:56:05

I would email the Head of Year, and ask them to collect information from all HoDs about which exams are being taken in their subject this year, and when.

Knowsabitabouteducation Thu 18-Oct-12 06:53:54

Under the fully modular system, nothing happened if a child missed an exam. They simply took it at the next sitting. The only problem arises when it is the last possible time for them to take the exam, and then the exam board would do some magic behind the scenes and award a grade, if possible, based on the modules that were actually taken.

If we are talking about one-year courses, eg GCSE Science, then her final exams will be in June 2013.

The trickier thing is fitting in her controlled assessment if she is basically missing a whole term's work. Personally, I like to do controlled assessments late in the spring term, as the students have a few month's more wisdom.

Please keep the school informed about your DD's operation as you get the information. They may be able to move CAs to sometime this term.

She will be able to keep up with regular class work in the hospital school and with work sent home, but she will be at a major disadvantage if she doesn't get the full preparation for the CA.

crazymum53 Thu 18-Oct-12 09:45:59

She may be able to sit the exam in hospital or even at home while she is recovering. The school can also apply for Special consideration which can adjust the marks of candidates taking exams under difficult circumstances.

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