21 Aug '14

News GCSE results day is one of highs and lows for us teachers too | Lola Okolosie

There is nothing like the joy of seeing students get the grades they deserve. When they dont, it leaves us railing against the unfair exam systemAfter weeks of simmering fear and nerves, results day has arrived. As students once ourselves, it is perhaps easy to remember the rollercoaster of emotions that todays 16-year-olds will be experiencing, but for their teachers, the emotional tumult is a lived reality. The morning leaves us clammy and restless. We apprehensively search out grades too. Many of us will have woken up a few hours earlier, logging on to the IT systems of exam boards to see how our classes have fared waiting to find out at school proves too long to stomach.Even with the advent of performance-related pay, the anxiety and dread that teachers feel isnt all about what it means for our wage packets. Teaching students for four hours a week over a two-year period means they are more than just a name on a register. We care about how they do because we have built relationships with them. Our overwhelming desire is to have students gain the results they deserve and have worked hard for. We want to see them move on to the next stage of their lives with all possible avenues open to them. Now more than ever, the stakes seem precipitously high. Continue reading...

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