Year 10: Poetry clusters Edexcel IGCSE | jwpblog

Year 10: Here are your clusters as discussed this morning:

LOVE romantic

Remember
116
Belle Dame (inverted)

LOVE parental

Piano,
PrayerB4 Birth
P@39
Do not go

LOVE cruel/painful/possessive

Belle Dame
Duchess
116

Sorrow

Piano
Do not go
Remember

Nostalgia

Half two
Hide and seek
P@39

Death

Do not go
Piano

Natural world

Tyger
Blessing
War Photographer

Pain

Piano

Identity

Search
Half Caste
Blessing
War photo
If

Parental relationship

P@39
If
Do not go
Piano

Women

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Apprentices? You’re hired, Year 8 | jwpblog

I love the summer term. In year 8 we run an Apprentice Project – plenty of Business English, targetted group work and a competition, first in the classes and then in the grand final.

The brief this year was to design and plan a café to be based in the school with a remit to serve the community – thus engaging with our core values.

The winning group’s proposition: The Tree House Café had a strong USP: helping to clean up the environment won points for a loyalty programme to get free food and drink. This, together with the zip wire and other active ideas impressed Mr Stephen Graham, Head of…

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Are exams a fair test for all? | jwpblog

Each year we prepare our students for the public examinations which will shape their futures. Each year, it seems, we feel let down by the exam boards which create the mechanisms by which our children are tested.

Exams are not a fair and level playingfield, and whilst we have a choice of exam boards and of set texts, they never will be.  If this seems harsh, let’s consider how this works. We all choose the board ‘best suited to our students’ – we all are aware of the nuances of the questions, the balance of analysis to comment and so on. Once chosen, we then choose our set texts. Of Mice…

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Hamlet 4:4 To examine or not to examine? | jwpblog

If you look at the hashtags #hamlet or #ocrenglishliterature at the moment you will see a number of very upset students, teachers and parents. The gist is straightforward: since exams are not meant to post trick questions, why did OCR use a passage from Hamlet which is often cut in performance and does not actually appear in the body text of some editions of the play? It is clear that students opened their exam papers to see a passage which had never been in front of them before.

This is the thing. There was no need for this turmoil. Hamlet is huge – 4 hours and more and there was a need to…

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