The most light hearted moment of the week has to come when I overheard a group of exam invigilators discussing whether they should allow their daughters to watch “Love Island”. They initially seemed slightly worried when I asked what they were discussing and that I was somehow displeased by the conversation, but in reality, I was slightly intrigued by the debate. A friend of mine suggested that I watched it last year, so I watched the final episode and found it bizarre; but she challenged me to watch it from the start this year. I have been trying, but I have to say by day 3 I am getting bored of listening to the same shallow conversations and find myself entirely agreeing with one of the invigilators comments that these shows “cannot be good for girls’ (although I don’t see boys as any different) perceptions around body image”. But, further I worry about the immorality it encourages in impressionable teenagers. However, the amusing part was that two Year 11s were heading down the corridor to their exams, and found it very strange that we were discussing “Love Island”. Personally, I suspect I will fail my challenge of watching the series as soon as the football starts properly next Thursday.
I have been thoroughly impressed by the Year 11s attitude towards their exams over the last few week. Every student has made every exam (except one for a funeral); they have entered the exam hall in the right fashion (individuals will, of course, approach in different fashions depending on their nerves); and perhaps most significant is the large increase in the number of students that leave being reflective around all their exams. Students will have “good papers” and “bad papers”, but we have tried to really instill a belief that all subjects really matter to show a rounded education.
The Year 8s had their first experience of the exam hall this year, and Year 7s will have their first next week. Whilst at that age it must be slightly daunting, I believe that it will help condition students for exams in to the future. Summative assessments are part of education, but I still believe that a small, very formal experience is better conditioning than a full 25 hours of exams in their form rooms for an entire week. Letters should go out today for the Year 10 PPEs at the end of the month.
Despite the fact that we are increasing our PAN (Pupil Admission Number) for September to 240, I still have our Appeals Day today (albeit slightly less than last year), and having spent time at William Edwards (there is a small set of SWECET offices there now) to finalise the budget and check our implementation of GDPR regulations, I am looking forward to ending the week being back in the classroom with Year 10 History – although, whether they are looking forward to having me teach them for the next few weeks is a different question.
My weekend is full of watching my boys play cricket fixtures, plus treating my youngest to the new Jurassic World movie (he is at that age of loving dinosaurs). Let’s hope they can replicate the performance of the Year 10 boys in their excellent run chase-away at Campion this week.
Enjoy your weekend.