I really don’t understand why there is such a panic over exams next year, when the solution is quite simple:
- Put all other school years not doing exams on a part-home study schedule with about 1/5 of their lessons to be done at home, self-study for the duration of the exams.
- This means every class gets 1 day home-study a week, make it the same day of the week per class for simplicity. So class 1A is always Monday, class 1B always Wednesday and so on.
- This will free up 1/5th of classrooms, set them up as exam-rooms.
- 1/5th of classrooms will be equivalent to the entire cohort (year 11) sitting their GCSE exams, so sufficient room even for those large compulsory exams such as English.
- If classrooms are a little cramped, a portion of the class could sit the exam in the regular exam hall (typically the sports hall) – but the extra space created by the classrooms being used should allow an extra measure of social distancing.
- Simply get GCSE students to sit their exams in their regular class-sets, even if in different class rooms.
- If necessary mix the teachers up as invigilators and get volunteer parents in to be second invigilators.
As far as I can see it the above is a pretty minimally disruptive way of minimising disruption for regular teaching while maintaining ‘class bubbles’ and the integrity of the exams.
Parents coming into the school will not increase the risk of transmission of covid compared their kids coming in!
OK there will be a bit more mixing of people than in regular classrooms, but honestly, will it be more than takes place during regular break times?
OK it’s a bit of hassle for the parents who may need one day off of work a week to look after their children, but it’s only for a month of exams.
I fail to see what all the fuss is about!
Of course with A-levels it should be a no-brainer to not scrap them – with those you COULD send the entirety of year 12 home to study independently for 3 weeks while the exams take place which really would create sufficient classroom space for the A-levels – year 12s are 16/17 so need no legal adult supervision at home!
Then teachers can simply teach the year 12s until the bitter-end of the summer term -right up until the 20th of July if necessary, rather than letting it all ease off.