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gcse french oral tmrw and they've changed the rules with 24 hrs notice!

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eatyourveg Wed 05-Feb-14 17:39:19

ds3 has come home today saying he now has to learn another question, (15 instead of 14), has to now engage in a conversation with the teacher as opposed to just responding to the questions she poses and apparently has to shorten the answers he has learned off by heart. No idea which questions to shorten and how much to shorten them by.

Seems rather late in the day to be telling the students this imo. The french teacher has been off all week and only came back today. Feel like keeping him off in protest as its obviously a school cock up.

Just venting

beastietoys Wed 05-Feb-14 17:40:44

Really? Is this for all French GSCE students DS hasn't said anything and he only speaks to me when I have help with his French.

yangsun Wed 05-Feb-14 17:46:03

Controlled assessments should involve a conversation style but the reality is that for almost all pupils they will be pre-learned responses. One unprepared question must be asked and answered appropriately (but this doesn't need to be a challenging question - just asking for additional info is fine). The whole test must not last longer than 6 minutes. There is no change to the rules but they may not have been communicated properly!

eatyourveg Wed 05-Feb-14 18:00:23

I know the exam board wouldn't have changed the rules at this late stage, its school changing the instructions they have given to the children - mad because its a school cock up which they probably won't ever admit.

Have sent the MFL head an email asking for clarification. Probably (hopefully) won't affect ds too much but any sort of change for asd kids is unnerving and only discovering it the night before the exam when he's on high alert anyway, just seems insensitive.

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