GCSE results should send a clear message to Mr Gove

Friday's comment

Friday's comment

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IF Michael Gove had any doubt how headteachers felt about Government changes to GCSEs, he should be perfectly clear today.

As thousands of students opened up their results across Oxfordshire, their teachers made a stand against Gove and the new way of publishing grades without including resits.

Quite understandably many of them decided to only release their best results.

While the other set will shape the league tables published later this year, it’s the best results that count for the students.

And so it’s only fair that they should be the ones we all congratulate, or otherwise.

But there has to be a cut-off point when it comes to resits as they can’t have endless attempts to get it right.

We don’t want to set our students up to fail and so have to be realistic about what they can achieve.

As some of our success stories today pay testament to, many students battle through adversity to get top results.

And they have to deal with the pessimists who every year say exams are getting easier.

Gove should today be well aware of the strength of feeling against his so-called reforms to exams.

And let’s hope the new Education Secretary takes more notice of the students’ performance rather than the way grades are released.

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9:32am Fri 22 Aug 14

livid99 says...

Gove was a disaster. He should have been booted out a long time ago. At least he cannot do any more damage now, and even better we don't see the odious twerp on TV anymore.
Gove was a disaster. He should have been booted out a long time ago. At least he cannot do any more damage now, and even better we don't see the odious twerp on TV anymore. livid99
  • Score: 1

9:42am Fri 22 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

"And they have to deal with the pessimists who every year say exams are getting easier"
Oh I wouldn't dream of saying anything like the negative rant from the poster above who thinks he's an ice cream. I'd just say that what with the results getting better and better, infinitely , over the last 29 years there is plentiful evidence of extra terrestrials endowing our youth with superhuman intelligence........
..or something like that.
"And they have to deal with the pessimists who every year say exams are getting easier" Oh I wouldn't dream of saying anything like the negative rant from the poster above who thinks he's an ice cream. I'd just say that what with the results getting better and better, infinitely , over the last 29 years there is plentiful evidence of extra terrestrials endowing our youth with superhuman intelligence........ ..or something like that. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -1

11:20am Fri 22 Aug 14

livid99 says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
"And they have to deal with the pessimists who every year say exams are getting easier"
Oh I wouldn't dream of saying anything like the negative rant from the poster above who thinks he's an ice cream. I'd just say that what with the results getting better and better, infinitely , over the last 29 years there is plentiful evidence of extra terrestrials endowing our youth with superhuman intelligence........

..or something like that.
Having seen the negative effect Gove's plans had on my daughter's studies half way through her GCSE's and how hard her and her friends had to work to get over this disruption and get the results she needed, then anyone who - like you - implies that GCSE's are getting easier is talking drivel.
GCSE's may well be DIFFERENT to what you and I did at school, but to simply imply that they are EASIER is an insult to the kids who have worked so hard to achieve good grades.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: "And they have to deal with the pessimists who every year say exams are getting easier" Oh I wouldn't dream of saying anything like the negative rant from the poster above who thinks he's an ice cream. I'd just say that what with the results getting better and better, infinitely , over the last 29 years there is plentiful evidence of extra terrestrials endowing our youth with superhuman intelligence........ ..or something like that.[/p][/quote]Having seen the negative effect Gove's plans had on my daughter's studies half way through her GCSE's and how hard her and her friends had to work to get over this disruption and get the results she needed, then anyone who - like you - implies that GCSE's are getting easier is talking drivel. GCSE's may well be DIFFERENT to what you and I did at school, but to simply imply that they are EASIER is an insult to the kids who have worked so hard to achieve good grades. livid99
  • Score: 3

12:46pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

livid99 wrote:
Lord Palmerstone wrote:
"And they have to deal with the pessimists who every year say exams are getting easier"
Oh I wouldn't dream of saying anything like the negative rant from the poster above who thinks he's an ice cream. I'd just say that what with the results getting better and better, infinitely , over the last 29 years there is plentiful evidence of extra terrestrials endowing our youth with superhuman intelligence........


..or something like that.
Having seen the negative effect Gove's plans had on my daughter's studies half way through her GCSE's and how hard her and her friends had to work to get over this disruption and get the results she needed, then anyone who - like you - implies that GCSE's are getting easier is talking drivel.
GCSE's may well be DIFFERENT to what you and I did at school, but to simply imply that they are EASIER is an insult to the kids who have worked so hard to achieve good grades.
They're easier. Not that I sat GCSE's. They were "O"-levels then. Some maths question were lately published. I sweated blood, being an "arts" person, to pass O-Level maths. I wouldn't have needed to had the questions been GCSE maths.
And in 1965 3 "A"'s at A-Level was genius country
I wouldn't wish to insult the "kids". They get what the politicos foist on them. And it certainly sounds as though there's been a lot of vacillation lately as the premier schools abandoned GCSE for the International Baccalaureate and frightened them. After all, as Blair said "ejukashun, ejukashun, ejukashun"
[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: "And they have to deal with the pessimists who every year say exams are getting easier" Oh I wouldn't dream of saying anything like the negative rant from the poster above who thinks he's an ice cream. I'd just say that what with the results getting better and better, infinitely , over the last 29 years there is plentiful evidence of extra terrestrials endowing our youth with superhuman intelligence........ ..or something like that.[/p][/quote]Having seen the negative effect Gove's plans had on my daughter's studies half way through her GCSE's and how hard her and her friends had to work to get over this disruption and get the results she needed, then anyone who - like you - implies that GCSE's are getting easier is talking drivel. GCSE's may well be DIFFERENT to what you and I did at school, but to simply imply that they are EASIER is an insult to the kids who have worked so hard to achieve good grades.[/p][/quote]They're easier. Not that I sat GCSE's. They were "O"-levels then. Some maths question were lately published. I sweated blood, being an "arts" person, to pass O-Level maths. I wouldn't have needed to had the questions been GCSE maths. And in 1965 3 "A"'s at A-Level was genius country I wouldn't wish to insult the "kids". They get what the politicos foist on them. And it certainly sounds as though there's been a lot of vacillation lately as the premier schools abandoned GCSE for the International Baccalaureate and frightened them. After all, as Blair said "ejukashun, ejukashun, ejukashun" Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -2

1:22pm Fri 22 Aug 14

livid99 says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
livid99 wrote:
Lord Palmerstone wrote:
"And they have to deal with the pessimists who every year say exams are getting easier"
Oh I wouldn't dream of saying anything like the negative rant from the poster above who thinks he's an ice cream. I'd just say that what with the results getting better and better, infinitely , over the last 29 years there is plentiful evidence of extra terrestrials endowing our youth with superhuman intelligence........



..or something like that.
Having seen the negative effect Gove's plans had on my daughter's studies half way through her GCSE's and how hard her and her friends had to work to get over this disruption and get the results she needed, then anyone who - like you - implies that GCSE's are getting easier is talking drivel.
GCSE's may well be DIFFERENT to what you and I did at school, but to simply imply that they are EASIER is an insult to the kids who have worked so hard to achieve good grades.
They're easier. Not that I sat GCSE's. They were "O"-levels then. Some maths question were lately published. I sweated blood, being an "arts" person, to pass O-Level maths. I wouldn't have needed to had the questions been GCSE maths.
And in 1965 3 "A"'s at A-Level was genius country
I wouldn't wish to insult the "kids". They get what the politicos foist on them. And it certainly sounds as though there's been a lot of vacillation lately as the premier schools abandoned GCSE for the International Baccalaureate and frightened them. After all, as Blair said "ejukashun, ejukashun, ejukashun"
As I said....drivel
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: "And they have to deal with the pessimists who every year say exams are getting easier" Oh I wouldn't dream of saying anything like the negative rant from the poster above who thinks he's an ice cream. I'd just say that what with the results getting better and better, infinitely , over the last 29 years there is plentiful evidence of extra terrestrials endowing our youth with superhuman intelligence........ ..or something like that.[/p][/quote]Having seen the negative effect Gove's plans had on my daughter's studies half way through her GCSE's and how hard her and her friends had to work to get over this disruption and get the results she needed, then anyone who - like you - implies that GCSE's are getting easier is talking drivel. GCSE's may well be DIFFERENT to what you and I did at school, but to simply imply that they are EASIER is an insult to the kids who have worked so hard to achieve good grades.[/p][/quote]They're easier. Not that I sat GCSE's. They were "O"-levels then. Some maths question were lately published. I sweated blood, being an "arts" person, to pass O-Level maths. I wouldn't have needed to had the questions been GCSE maths. And in 1965 3 "A"'s at A-Level was genius country I wouldn't wish to insult the "kids". They get what the politicos foist on them. And it certainly sounds as though there's been a lot of vacillation lately as the premier schools abandoned GCSE for the International Baccalaureate and frightened them. After all, as Blair said "ejukashun, ejukashun, ejukashun"[/p][/quote]As I said....drivel livid99
  • Score: 1

1:44pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Your repartee is so exquisite little ice cream , that you clearly have numerous starred GCSE's and your children will make a great success of their lives by following in father's footsteps and harrumphing "drivel" and "bah Gove" at regular intervals.
Poor little dabs.
Your repartee is so exquisite little ice cream , that you clearly have numerous starred GCSE's and your children will make a great success of their lives by following in father's footsteps and harrumphing "drivel" and "bah Gove" at regular intervals. Poor little dabs. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -3

2:52pm Fri 22 Aug 14

livid99 says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Your repartee is so exquisite little ice cream , that you clearly have numerous starred GCSE's and your children will make a great success of their lives by following in father's footsteps and harrumphing "drivel" and "bah Gove" at regular intervals.
Poor little dabs.
Do you have anything at all worthwhile to say ?? If my children follow in my footsteps, they will have a very successful life thankyou very much. But please continue proving my comment is correct, if it makes you feel good.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: Your repartee is so exquisite little ice cream , that you clearly have numerous starred GCSE's and your children will make a great success of their lives by following in father's footsteps and harrumphing "drivel" and "bah Gove" at regular intervals. Poor little dabs.[/p][/quote]Do you have anything at all worthwhile to say ?? If my children follow in my footsteps, they will have a very successful life thankyou very much. But please continue proving my comment is correct, if it makes you feel good. livid99
  • Score: 1

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