Not Outstanding

Learning to Teach - Lorraine Abbott


This is the first time in my teaching career that the GCSE results were less than outstanding. Its quite an uncomfortable moment. Students and parents were all still congratulatory at their son or daughters results, many coming to show me their grades on results day. 60% A*-C, not the worst figure in the world, nor the various other pieces of data that I have since chomped my way through. How so?

This is the first year that I’ve been required to deliver RE GCSE on 50% curriculum time to the whole cohort. Myself and another teacher share 280 students in year 10 and 11 equally between us.

We have worked like crazy to provide improvement marking for every one of these students individually every half term at least, using pre-school sessions, lunchtimes and after school time to create specific revision or intervention sessions, used sixth formers to mentor students who needed…

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About Learning to Teach Lorraine Abbott

Deputy Headteacher in a Surrey School Author for Hodder Education
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