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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:53 pm 
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Eccentric wrote:
Incidentally Dd says there are only 5 of them in her year with extra time for the exams. Not quite the high numbers that people have been suggesting.


By people, I think you mean me and I was, of course, quoting figures based in the schools I work in - but, as I said, I would be interested to see the stats on the figures. Your DD may find the figures in her school change - DS1 said a similar thing during his GCSE mocks and then couldn't believe how much it increased for the real thing - it's obviously even higher now he is in the co-ed 6th! DS2 wouldn't even notice - he is far too keen to get out of the exam hall at the earliest opportunity....


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:07 pm 
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kenyancowgirl wrote:
Eccentric wrote:
Incidentally Dd says there are only 5 of them in her year with extra time for the exams. Not quite the high numbers that people have been suggesting.


By people, I think you mean me and I was, of course, quoting figures based in the schools I work in - but, as I said, I would be interested to see the stats on the figures. Your DD may find the figures in her school change - DS1 said a similar thing during his GCSE mocks and then couldn't believe how much it increased for the real thing - it's obviously even higher now he is in the co-ed 6th! DS2 wouldn't even notice - he is far too keen to get out of the exam hall at the earliest opportunity....

I didn't mean you specifically KCG. I am honestly not one for making comments of slight. I am much more direct. If I think something I say it.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:23 pm 
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Ah, OK - my mistake - I think I was the only one who quoted actual numbers which is why I thought it! - Yes it makes life so much easier being honest and direct - even if it does get me in trouble!!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:28 pm 
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kenyancowgirl wrote:
Ah, OK - my mistake - I think I was the only one who quoted actual numbers which is why I thought it! - Yes it makes life so much easier being honest and direct - even if it does get me in trouble!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:59 pm 
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I quoted numbers too (but second hand from my friend. She could have exaggerated).
There are very few at my children's school but it's semi selective so that probably makes a difference.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:57 pm 
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Moon unit wrote:
A much higher percentage of children in the private sector get extra time.
I can’t find the link but it was in the news last year....



https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-38923034

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:51 am 
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ToadMum wrote:
Moon unit wrote:
A much higher percentage of children in the private sector get extra time.
I can’t find the link but it was in the news last year....



https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-38923034

Well that just adds to the easier exams, and the "more likely to gain entrance to Russel group University" status then doesn't it? Surely the Universities will wise up at some stage?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:40 am 
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Eccentric wrote:
ToadMum wrote:
Moon unit wrote:
A much higher percentage of children in the private sector get extra time.
I can’t find the link but it was in the news last year....



https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-38923034

Well that just adds to the easier exams, and the "more likely to gain entrance to Russel group University" status then doesn't it? Surely the Universities will wise up at some stage?


Just one example that I noticed yesterday whilst looking for something else is that Cambridge runs STEP preparation classes for state school Maths offer holders (includong help with travel costs for those who qualify for them). Yes, they have to get to the point of being offer holders in the first place, but it's something, given that the STEP rewuirement is a major reason that so many potential Maths students fail to make their offer.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:48 am 
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I'm really surprised about the numbers being given extra time in exams who dont really need it.
When I went through the whole business - several times - it was very difficult to get it awarded and became harder over the years.

By the way, 'slow processing speed' is a recognised difficulty and one that causes significant frustration and upset to those who have to deal with it on a daily basis, not just in an academic environment.

When my DCs were assessed what the psychologists were looking at was an imbalance between performance in different tests so tel6king a student to deliberately underperform would be unlikely to 'work'.


I'm not suggesting there aren't ways to beat the system of course!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:32 am 
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KB wrote:
By the way, 'slow processing speed' is a recognised difficulty and one that causes significant frustration and upset to those who have to deal with it on a daily basis, not just in an academic environment.


I am not saying it is not a recognised difficulty, but there are a large percentage of children at my daughter's school who have suddenly been diagnosed with it, a couple who my daughter knows well and she is very dubious as to whether they have it or not.
My daughter does go to an independent school so that probably explains a lot :shock:


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