Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Michael Goveylocks (thanks Michelle for renaming my main character… love it!). He went for a walk in the forest and whilst out walking he pondered on all the things that were wrong in the world and decided it would be his “thing” to change the face of education in the UK. Pretty soon, he came upon a house. He knocked and, when no one answered, he walked right in – regardless of the fact there was no response. It didn’t even occur to him that maybe the occupants were on the loo, or hanging out their washing … he just walked right in.
At the table in the kitchen, there was a pile of exam papers. Goveylocks was hungry for knowledge so decided to get his mate Oliver (who appeared from nowhere for the sake of my story!) to have a go for him. Oliver opened the papers and had a go at question 1 from the first paper.
“This question is too hard!” he exclaimed.
So, he tried the second paper.
“This question is too easy,” he said
So, he tried the last exam paper, and you’ve guessed it (I hope!)
“Ahhh, this one’s no good either ,” he said happily.
Feeling a little tired, Goveylocks and Oliver took the pile of papers into the living room where they saw three chairs. Goveylocks stood and watched as Oliver sat in the first chair to rest his feet and decided to have another go at the papers:
“This question is too abstract!”he exclaimed.
So in frustration and as an advocate of “brain gymy” stuff he moved to the second chair.
“This question is too challenging!” he whined.
So he decided to move again to the last chair (he was a fidget!).
“Ahhh, this question just isn’t what I expected,” he sighed.
But just as he settled down into the chair to rest, it broke into pieces!
Goveylocks was very tired by this time, so he went upstairs to the bedroom (Oliver by now has conveniently disappeared) . He lay down in the first bed, but it was too hard. Then he lay in the second bed, but it was too soft. Then he lay down in the third bed and it was just right. Goveylocks fell asleep.
And we know how the story end don’t we … the bears return, Goveylocks wakes up and escapes never to return again!
The crux of the matter is that (apparently) none of the awarding bodies have had their GCSE accredited … we await to hear the reasons when and if letters between Ofqual and the exam boards etc are made public ( I have to be honest I want to see why they’ve not been accredited – if the bodies are so far out from what has been asked of them, it may affect the decision of which exam board we choose) .. more importantly it’s not the end of the world … However it is the start of the holidays!