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					CHELMSFORD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL for GIRLS

CCHS COURSEWORK GUIDELINES
Last Reviewed: July 2003 A set of guidelines which are clear and unambiguous, to ensure coursework is completed efficiently and effectively. OBJECTIVES That deadlines are clear, agreed, realistic, published and shared. That procedures are clear and published. The workload, of staff and students, is a primary consideration and catered for in the planning of coursework. All staff follow the same procedure with all students. Exceptions (which there will have to be) are sanctioned by the Head of Department in consultation with the Student Progress Manager. IMPLEMENTATION The procedures detailed below for setting and managing coursework are followed: Suggestions Ensure students are fully aware of the coursework requirements e.g. by giving them the syllabus (or digest), marking criteria, examples of good, average and below average work from previous years. Use some exemplar material from the board to show national range and increase confidence. Ensure students are fully aware of the coursework deadlines and the related procedures. Produce written copies for each student and publicise on the internet. Ensure students are working at an adequate pace to complete the coursework in time. Have way-points throughout the coursework period and ensure students are at a certain point by each of these way-points e.g. by the time half the time allotted has elapsed, they should be half way through their coursework. Note in logbooks for parental attention if student lagging behind. Ensure all students are treated equitably. Ensure all teachers within a subject follow the same procedure for giving help and advice. Ensure deadlines are firmly adhered to (although no problem if they finish early!). Help the students manage their workload. Stick to deadlines and way-points. Help the students realise when good enough is good enough. Remind students of relative value of coursework versus examination work and to balance these in proportion Don’t set homework if you are expecting homework time to be used for coursework. Do ensure homework slot in logbook show that this time is used for coursework. Liaise with Student progress Manager on timings of coursework and stick to these times
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COURSEWORK DEADLINES Deadlines are deadlines. The date of the deadline is published to the students and made public using the Internet. The deadline doesn’t change. The deadline is in two parts – the handing in date and the final acceptance date. All coursework should be handed in before, or on, the handing in date. If a student fails to meet this date, they will bring in what work they have completed to the teacher and that stays with the teacher from now on. The student is automatically in five consecutive lunchtime detentions (over-riding all other activities) where they will be expected to work on their coursework. The coursework does not leave school and is given to the teacher at the end of each lunchtime session. Appropriate support may be given to the student. Even if work is completed early in the 5 lunchtimes, the student completes the 5 lunchtime detention (otherwise they have an unfair advantage over other students with no downside). There are very few acceptable excuses for not handing the coursework in on time, and no retrospective excuses will be allowed. There is no reason why any student should leave it to the last minute, so illness or delay on the day is simply not an acceptable excuse. Applying these rules consistently will cause the least aggravation and will be fair for everyone. No coursework will be accepted after the final acceptance date.

Further Suggestions Even though deadlines and way points are published, it may be worthwhile making sure these are reinforced in logbooks. Homework (where used for coursework) should clearly say so. Have a signing in sheet for coursework to avoid any dispute. Students should be advised to keep a copy of their coursework if possible. A standard letter to send out to those who miss the handing in date to explain to parents why they are doing the five lunchtimes (I don’t think this is necessary, as they should know this will happen as night follows day). Inform tutors if students are missing way-points. This allows an overview at an early enough stage to take remedial action.

Appeals procedure There is an internal appeals procedure if a student wishes to appeal against the internal assessment decisions. The existence of such a procedure must be known to the students. The procedure can be found in the resources areas of the school computer system. O:\resources\examinations\Appeals Procedure for Internal Assessments.doc You should, for instance, share the coursework marks awarded by the centre with the students and the moderated mark given to the work by the Awarding Body, if known. You must familiarise yourself with the Appeals Procedure for Internal Assessments and the requirements of the examining board regarding coursework marks contained therein.

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COURSEWORK ITINERARY - Example
Subject:

Geology
30% 2 Out of 40 – worth 20% Out of 20 – worth 10% 5 hours of lesson time plus between 5 and 10 hours outside lessons. 10 typed sides of A4 and 2-3 annotated diagrams and 2 charts. (or 5,000 words.) 12th September 17th November In early March- to be confirmed when handed out.

Percentage of GCSE Grade Number of pieces of coursework required Piece 1 – marked out of – and worth - % Piece 2 – marked out of – and worth - % Amount of time to spend on Piece 1 Approximate length Date set Deadline – Handing in Date – Piece 1 Deadline – Handing in Date – Piece 2

The criteria for coursework marks are attached. Suggested titles are attached, with key points.

TIMING – Piece 1 Handing in date Final acceptance date. Way Point 1 Monday 17th November Friday 21st November Week beginning 8th October – you should have completed the introduction and general outline. Most research should have been done. See your teacher during this week. Monday 29th October. Should be nearly completed at this stage. Your teacher will give a pre-marking assessment of the work and return on the following lesson. This is the only pre-mark you will receive.

Way Point 2

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COURSEWORK GUIDELINES for STUDENTS
Last Reviewed: July 2003
The school has agreed a set of guidelines which are clear and unambiguous, to ensure coursework is completed efficiently and effectively. Your teachers will:
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Set deadlines which are clear, agreed and realistic. Publish these deadlines and share them with you. Ensure the procedures for completing the coursework are clear and published. Take into account the workload of students and staff when planning the coursework. Follow the same procedure with all students.

IMPLEMENTATION You should be fully aware of the coursework requirements You should have seen (or be given) relevant documentation e.g. the syllabus, marking criteria, examples of good, average and below average work from previous years. You should be fully aware of the coursework deadlines and the related procedures. You should have a copy of the Coursework Itinerary and be able to access it on the school’s web site (www.cchs.co.uk). You should be supported to ensure you are working at an adequate pace to complete the coursework in time. There should be way-points throughout the coursework period where your teacher will check on your progress e.g. by the time half the time allotted has elapsed, you should be half way through your coursework. You will be treated fairly and given help to manage your workload. Your teacher will ensure deadlines are firmly adhered to (although no problem if you finish early!). Your teacher won’t set other homework if homework time is to be used for coursework. HINTS Stick to deadlines and way-points. Realise when good enough is good enough. Read the criteria and use the support available. REMEMBER Deadlines are deadlines. The deadline doesn’t change. The deadline is in two parts – the handing in date and the final acceptance date. All coursework should be handed in before, or on, the handing in date. For your benefit, sanctions will be automatically applied to those who miss the handing in date. Appeals procedure There is an internal appeals procedure if a student wishes to appeal against an internal assessment decision. The procedure can be found in the resources areas of the school computer system. O:\resources\examinations\Appeals Procedure for Internal Assessments.doc. Please talk to your teacher and, if necessary, Mr Owers, if you have any concerns about your coursework marking.
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