I'm not tired today. But I am getting a bit bored...
Schools are teaching the new 9-1 Science GCSEs already. We've been planning how we're going to fit in much more content than was there before. More detail with higher expectations of the students e.g. recall and use (at least) 20 formula in GCSE Physics some of which are currently in A-Level only and provided to those students on a formula sheet.
So we've started - we've had to. Y9 is the new starting point for GCSE Science, up and down the country.
But Ofqual are still yet to accredit the science GCSEs (see post by Helen). They're probably trying to sort out the practical aspects of the course (now that the DfE have filled the course up with massive amounts of content). And there are still lingering errors in some of the exam boards' submissions. To be fair these are originally down to errors in the DfE documents. But the exam boards should know that the unit symbol for magnetic flux density unit tesla is not B (that's the formula symbol), it's T (I am so sick of pointing this out). It's not complicated, not a big change, but it's wrong! EdExcel - you need to fix it. Blame the DfE by all means, it's their stupid fault, but get it sorted.
To cleanse me of these grumpy thoughts I've had to watch the Voice. Yes, the Voice has improved my mood. Who'd have thunk it!
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