A requirement of most GCSE courses is the completion of coursework which is carried out by students in years 10 and 11. New syllabuses were recently introduced and the examination boards issued new regulations for the completion of coursework. The new regulations place a greater emphasis on coursework being completed by students in lessons, under supervised conditions. This is to ensure that all work is authentic to the student and that work produced is not copied or downloaded.
Please be advised that throughout the course of an academic year, students will be completing coursework and controlled assessed pieces of work for a variety of subjects and this is now referred to as a controlled assessment.
Although much of the work is completed in school, some preparation time is permitted and this can be spread over a number of weeks. Sometimes this can give the impression that no homework is being set, when, in fact, students should be working on controlled assessment preparation.
It is imperative that absence from school and holidays in term time are avoided as this could seriously affect the success of your child in his/her GCSE examinations.
If you have any concerns or require further clarification please contact your child’s subject teacher or Head of Year.