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Children taught wrong syllabus at school

The Argus: Children taught wrong syllabus at school Children taught wrong syllabus at school

Schoolchildren sat an English Literature GCSE with no knowledge of the some of the texts after spending a year studying parts of the wrong syllabus.

A group of ten pupils at Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College, in Brighton and Hove, sat the exam on May 22.

A parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “My child came out of the exam and went mad, saying they had had no idea what was in some of the exam paper.

“All the others who had sat the exam said the same.”

She said parents were sent an email from the teacher of the class admitting to the mistake and apologising.

The parent, who described the error as “inexcusable”, said: “They were supposed to compare an unseen poem to three they knew.

“Instead they saw four unseen poems.”

Headteacher Janet Felkin said: “We went immediately to the exam board who are taking their own steps.

“Mistakes do happen. We are taking action and it won’t happen again.”

A spokeswoman for assessment board AQA said: “We are currently working with Blatchington Mill School to look into this matter.

“In circumstances where students have studied the wrong text by mistake, we work to find the most appropriate solution so that they are not disadvantaged.”

She added that there are a number of allowances that can be applied under what are known as “special considerations” but at this stage it is too early to say what these could be.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “Blatchington Mill School investigates and communicates thoroughly if an anomaly of any nature is reported.

“We also ensure that all parties involved with any such instances receive full information directly.

“Our staff are available to answer any queries from parents and students regarding school matters and welcome the opportunity to allay any concerns.”

The Joint Council for Qualifications guide to the special consideration process states: “Centres are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that the correct texts are taught.

“Where this has not happened there can be no guarantee that a candidate will receive special consideration.

“Such incidences will be investigated by the awarding body on a case-by-case basis.”

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7:49am Wed 9 Jul 14

SonnyJim55 says...

Never mind, strike tomorrow
Never mind, strike tomorrow SonnyJim55
  • Score: 0

9:07am Wed 9 Jul 14

TROY44 says...

Teachers should be on 12 month contracts. If not up to the job they are out . Go on Strike Out.
That would sort them out.
Teachers should be on 12 month contracts. If not up to the job they are out . Go on Strike Out. That would sort them out. TROY44
  • Score: -3

9:12am Wed 9 Jul 14

Fight_Back says...

Maybe if Blatch stopped faffing about with the uniform rules and instead invested that time in checking their process avoidable errors like this wouldn't happen. I'm sure the staff responsible will spend tomorrow trying to sort the situation rather than striking ?
Maybe if Blatch stopped faffing about with the uniform rules and instead invested that time in checking their process avoidable errors like this wouldn't happen. I'm sure the staff responsible will spend tomorrow trying to sort the situation rather than striking ? Fight_Back
  • Score: 7

10:39am Wed 9 Jul 14

Bugzy84 says...

This just goes to prove that schools teach children nothing except how to pass an exam, there is no encouragement to think for themselves at all.
This just goes to prove that schools teach children nothing except how to pass an exam, there is no encouragement to think for themselves at all. Bugzy84
  • Score: 5

11:02am Wed 9 Jul 14

Falhawk66 says...

ten pupils? that's a really small class size!
ten pupils? that's a really small class size! Falhawk66
  • Score: 3

2:04pm Wed 9 Jul 14

unhappyparent2014 says...

The failings of this one teacher will have negative implications on the overall performance of the school. An internal error has been made, and this is unfair on the students who have worked very hard. These particular students from this GCSE class will be penalised in their exam results through no fault of their own. How did the English Department allow this serious mistake to occur? They have let these children down.
The failings of this one teacher will have negative implications on the overall performance of the school. An internal error has been made, and this is unfair on the students who have worked very hard. These particular students from this GCSE class will be penalised in their exam results through no fault of their own. How did the English Department allow this serious mistake to occur? They have let these children down. unhappyparent2014
  • Score: 2

2:09pm Wed 9 Jul 14

unhappyparent2014 says...

In your article above you have quoted the Head as saying "mistakes do happen". They should NOT happen, and whoever has allowed this to happen should be held accountable.
In your article above you have quoted the Head as saying "mistakes do happen". They should NOT happen, and whoever has allowed this to happen should be held accountable. unhappyparent2014
  • Score: 6

2:20pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

Setting aside who did what wrong, the real issue here is surely the pupils themselves and the exam grades which will stay with them for the rest of their lives? It doesn't MATTER if you sack the entire teaching staff of this school, that will not help the victims one little bit.

Hopefully, the Exam Board will be prepared to accept the "special circumstances" and amend the results accordingly.

Any chance we can get a follow up on this to see what happens, Argus?
Setting aside who did what wrong, the real issue here is surely the pupils themselves and the exam grades which will stay with them for the rest of their lives? It doesn't MATTER if you sack the entire teaching staff of this school, that will not help the victims one little bit. Hopefully, the Exam Board will be prepared to accept the "special circumstances" and amend the results accordingly. Any chance we can get a follow up on this to see what happens, Argus? Goldenwight
  • Score: 6

11:29pm Wed 9 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

What should have been asked and found out by the Argus is whether this happened due to teacher error or exam board error, sounds like the first to me - in that case the teacher and head of english should be sacked. They are unfit for purpose.
What should have been asked and found out by the Argus is whether this happened due to teacher error or exam board error, sounds like the first to me - in that case the teacher and head of english should be sacked. They are unfit for purpose. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -1

10:34am Thu 10 Jul 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Whilst the teachers are on strike today, I wonder if they will think about the harm they have done by teaching the wrong syiiabus! NO by going on strike they are just underlining the fact that they don't give a hoot.
Whilst the teachers are on strike today, I wonder if they will think about the harm they have done by teaching the wrong syiiabus! NO by going on strike they are just underlining the fact that they don't give a hoot. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: -1
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