BBC School Report 2017

Year 8 Report into New GCSEs

Major changes are planned for GCSE system changes that will affect us all whether we are parents, employers or students. We interviewed many people and found out many interesting things.

Here are some of the most important changes:

  • The English and Maths grades have been changed from F-A* to 1-9 allowing for an extra grade for high achievers and to separate it from the old GCSEs.
  • The scrapping of coursework in nearly all subjects
  • The end of module tests
  • Limiting the amount of students allowed to resit exams

As well as numerous curriculum changes - such as the increased amount of British writers being studied in English. We interviewed the teachers in our school and got a mixed response. Generally teachers felt frustration for not having a say in these changes however some said that they positively impacted their teaching. The English department felt that lack of diversity in writers on the syllabus was constraining. The maths department said that the new GCSEs simplified the exam system as high achieving students would not have to take the further maths GCSE.

These are just some of the concerns and opinions voiced by the APS teaching staff. A general consensus was that the abolition of coursework was a bad thing, however an ex-GCSE student we interviewed said that coursework was ,”repetitive and dull” . That said we do not know what the majority of students thought.

As part of the BBC school report we were invited to broadcasting house to both take a tour and appear on the Vanessa Feltz show. We learnt many things about professional broadcasting and some met some of the most incredible people who worked behind the scenes. Despite of some hard questioning, the team managed to hold their own and raise some tough issues for the education minister, who refused to attend. Altogether, an inspiring day out!

We would like to thank Mr. Bonham-Carter, Mr. Creamer and Ms. O`Neil for helping us create this article.

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BBC Reports from 2017

  • LGBT+ representation in Alexandra Park School
    LGBT+ representation in Alexandra Park School
    Kiah Cruise writes...

    As we know, LGBT+ media representation is hard to come by, and when you do, it isn't always positive.  However, Alexandra Park School does its best to recognise and educate its pupils on LGBT+ rights, discrimination and abuse that they suffer, types of sexuality, and gives plenty of support to openly, or privately, LGBT+ students.

    One way that they support these students is by having an LGBT+ Support and Pride network group, of which I am a member myself.  In the club, we discuss important issues surrounding LGBT+ people, and their rights.  We have recently had a session in shich people told stories of 'coming out' as LGBT+, and most were positive.  The club also gives us a chance to meet similar-minded people, whether they just support members of the community, or are part of it.  To improve the already large amount of bad and discouraging recognition given to homophobia, the club is also setting up an anti-homophobia campaign, which includes students and teachers on the proper use of the word 'gay', raising awareness of subtle bullying that members of the community may experience, directing positive messages about the community towards younger, less educated students, and abolishing harmful stereotypes of LGBT+ men, women and non-binary-gendered personnel.

    As well as the club, students are taught about sexualities in Citizenship, vaguely, which opens up the possibilities of properly informed, positive representation from a figure of authority.  This is a really important step to seeing same sex / asex relationships as equal as equal to heterosexual ones.

    In terms of work to do, there is still a long way to go.  Even with small actions, such as calling transgender students by their preferred name in class, even if they haven't legally changed it, would mean so much to those students, and the rest of the community.  Being called by their preferred names, transgender students would feel more accepted and comfortable in a learning environment.  We also get very little support and education on gender image, which many people (especially at the ages of 13-17) do need help with, and can be questioning.

    Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:15 in BBC School Report 2017 Read 450 times
  • Science Week 2017 - an article for BBC Schools report 2017
    Science Week 2017 - an article for BBC Schools report 2017

    Science week is a yearly event that Alexandra Park School takes part in every year.  It is a great opportunity for students to learn about science whilst having fun too.

    There were many events throughout the week, of which some I was able to take pictures of.

    Monday - 'Minibeasts'

    In this activity, we were investigating the effects of alcohol, caffeine and glucose on water fleas.  It was very interesting as you could see the microscopic life forms very clearly through the microscope, and the results were very interesting.

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    Tuesday - Chemistry special

    In the chemistry special, we did two activities.  The first was growing a chemical garden.  To do this we dropped different substances intto a clear substance and they grew into fascinating formations right before our eyes.  The second activity was called 'rainbow titration'.  By pouring different substances into the tube, an amazing rainbow slowly formed.

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    By Helen Brookes
    Science Week took place nationally from 10th - 19th March.  Read more about Science Week at APS here.
    Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:37 in BBC School Report 2017 Read 456 times
  • Donald Trump - an APS news item for BBC School report 2017
    Donald Trump - an APS news item for BBC School report 2017

    Some APS students decided to report on Donald Trump for BBC School Report day 2017.

    The video is about what our views are on the leader of the free world; why he came to power, who he connected with in his drive for the preseidency and what impact this has on both us locally and the world as a whole.

    Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:18 in BBC School Report 2017 Read 557 times
  • Sports news for BBC School report 2017
    Sports news for BBC School report 2017

    APS Students participating in BBC School Report day 2017 report on sports in the video below.

    Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:03 in BBC School Report 2017 Read 320 times