Monday, July 31, 2006

Coursework plan to halt cheating

The BBC story "Coursework plan to halt cheating" reports on the view of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in England. It is considering prohibiting the submission of work done at home, to reduce the current level of cheating and plagiarism in exams like GCSE's.

That seems a really backward step to me. With 'Scottish Schools Broadband Network' and many other ICT projects, we're busy encouraging students to work more outside classrooms and school - in homes, libraries, and anywhere else they find it suitable to study!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Underachieving students

A Scottish Executive Education Department news story "Education programme gets a glowing report" describes the evaluation of a SEED programme which targeted under-achievers in Scottish secondary schools.

The interventions supported by the 'Xlerate with XL' programme made a significant difference to the young people involved, showing gains in their self-awareness, abilities, communication skills, etc. The research evaluation report is also online.

This kind of programme activity is intended to prevent teenagers joining the NEET category of young people. "Not in Employment, Education or Training".

Is NEET rapidly becoming a term with a stigma attached, as a casual term for 'potential problem teenagers', like the other Scottish label 'neds'?