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Help with AQA level 3 extended project- I know nothing!

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Cathpot Thu 30-Oct-14 06:59:28

Hi- a friend has asked me to look at his daughter's AQA extended project. The daughter has been told she need to get constructive criticism and then be seen to respond to that criticism to access 20% of the marks. They have sent it to me as I am a teacher but as I have pointed out at length, I have no experience of this scheme and I am not sure what help I can be. I would really appreciate advice from teachers who do know what they are taking about, on what I need to do to help her. I had a quick look at the marking guidance and I presume the section she is worried about this this bit

Review 20%
Evaluate all aspects of the extended project, including outcomes in
relation to stated objectives and own learning and performance.
Select and use a range of communication skills and media to
present evidenced project outcomes and conclusions in an
appropriate format.

but that doesn't specifically say she needs outside advice. She has shown it to her teacher at school but apparently it is his first year doing it and he told her to add a few pictures, which she didn't take well, and she is getting quite stressed about missing marks. I am getting all this second hand via her dad as I don't know her personally. Any thoughts very welcome.

hesterton Thu 30-Oct-14 07:01:59

What subject? Can you download the specification? They're usually available on the website.

Cathpot Thu 30-Oct-14 09:15:47

Hi- thanks for answering, yes I have been on the website- there is no subject, it is a non specific research based essay or investigation the point of which seems to be the act of learning how to undertake, present and evaluate a decent project. I found the spec and also the examiners report which mentions they put lots of emphasis on the pupils writing a log as they go along about how they are getting on, and that they like supporting evidence to be submitted. I am hoping the school are on top of this as otherwise she is going to have to set it up retrospectively by the looks of things. It is an extra exam she is doing off her own back so I think the school are putting her in for it but with limited experience themselves of how to tick all the right boxes for the top grade. I can give her feedback on the project in front of me on things like issues with her graphs but what I am hoping for is a teacher with experience of marking these things to come and tell me what the key elements are that she needs to think about.

tywysogesgymraeg Thu 30-Oct-14 09:20:15

I think if I were you, and so that she can do herself justice, I'd encourage her to find someone with more experience to evaluate her work. This could be a private tutor, for example.

Camolips Thu 30-Oct-14 09:26:59

This sounds odd. A student might not have access to a suitable adult! Within the school there should be enough qualified staff to undertake this, if not they shouldn't be offering it or they should have access to an outside source.

lecherrs Thu 30-Oct-14 09:41:49

It's impossible to say on the little info given on here. However, if you pm me I'm happy to help.

Cathpot Thu 30-Oct-14 14:22:12

Hi- neither of us are in uk which is why we are scrabbling around a bit for information! Lecchers will try and work out how to pm...

lecherrs Thu 30-Oct-14 14:33:05

Sent you a pm, if that helps grin.

Cathpot Thu 30-Oct-14 14:43:26

Ah- that was embarrassingly straightforward

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