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'The Mode III form of secondary school examination allows teachers within a school the control to do just what they like with the Curriculum and syllabus. Or does it? This film examines the working... of the Mode III form of assessment in two schools in the Doncaster area where a local examination board has traditionally favoured such attempts of local control over work for assessment. The film examines both the strengths and weaknesses of the Mode III form of assessment through interviews with the teachers involved and by looking at the work of the pupils themselves.
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Module code and title: E222, The control of education in Britain
Item code: E222; 05
First transmission date: 01-07-1979
Published: 1979
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Duration: 00:24:33
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Producer: Ken Little
Contributors: Tony Storey; Tom Taylor; Max Biddulph; Rod Fanthorpe; Dave Sheard; Charles Sisum; David Hughes
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Curriculum; Hayfield School; Integrated studies; Mode III; Roman kiln; Rossington Comprehensive; Syllabus
Footage description: Shots of Rossington Comprehensive School near Doncaster, over which Dave Sheard, head of Social and Moral Studies at the school, explains that full use is made of Mode III curricula. Charles Sisum, another teacher at the school, is seen taking a class and is then interviewed. He describes the teaching of Integrated Humanities and explains the emphasis on social studies. Sheard in interview explains why he is keen on Mode III. Shots of pupils watching a film. In interview Sisum describes the internal moderation process necessitated by a Mode III curriculum. Film of teachers at a moderating meeting at Rossington school. Sheard compares Mode III with a traditional course. Film of planes at RAF Finningley near Doncaster Interview with Tony Storey, headmaster of Hayfield School which serves the RAF base as well as the local area. He describes the problems of having RAF children, and describes his school's use of Mode III in some detail. Shots of Hayfield teacher Tom Taylor taking a local history class. In interview he explains the advantages Mode III offers to local studies. He also describes the moderating process. Interview with David Hughes, a local moderator. He describes his job and the position of the examination boards regarding Mode III syllabi. In interview Taylor outlines a few disadvantages of Mode III. 'Integrated Studies' teacher Max Biddulph describes how he started teaching Mode III. Shots of him taking a local studies class, then taking the class around Doncaster High Street Taylor explains why they designed an 'Integrated Studies' course. Interview with Storey, who describes the practical elements in Mode III courses. Another Hayfield teacher, Rod Fanthorpe, describes the advantages of practical work. Film of him building a Roman kiln with his class as part of an archaeology project. In a final set of interviews almost all the contributors sum up their opinions of Mode III. They are all enthusiastic in support for Mode III. Further shots of the kiln project.
Master spool number: 6HT/73074
Production number: 00525_6212
Videofinder number: 954
Available to public: no