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Eleanor Sleight
Eleanor ...
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Welcome to the discussion forum for Entry Level English on the OCR Social Network!

I am the Qualifications Manager for Entry Level English, so if you have any questions about this qualification I am happy to help. I hope that that you will get involved as much as possible, starting discussions, telling us what you need, and sharing best practice ideas.

Currently, I am looking to develop further support materials for Entry Level. I would like to hear your thoughts on resources that you might mind useful.

Eleanor Sleight

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nicola.hallam
nicola. ...
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Hi 

I am just trying to write a scheme of work / long term plan for the OCR entry level - before i do has anyone already done one for Y10 & Y11 I could look at please?

Eleanor Sleight
Eleanor ...
Posts: 20

Hi Esther,

Thank you for your contribution. I'm sorry to hear that you are finding delivering the Entry Level challenging. I'd like to talk to you further about this to see if I can send you any materials that can help - particularly with the Reading and Writing elements. If you email ocrenglish@ocr.org.uk and leave your telephone number, I'll give you a call.

I'm interested to hear that your candidates are performing best in Speaking and Listening. You will notice that the weighting of S&L was increased to 40% in the new specification. This will certainly give your candidates a good opportunity to capitalise on the skills that they have developed.

I am aware that we only have one level of reading task, and that this can be daunting for some candidates working at the L1 standard. When we next develop the qualification I will certainly look into this as I want candidates to feel that they are able to tackle the task and perform at their best. The idea behind having one task is that we don't want a candidate to be limited by the test. By having one test borderline candidates can often move into the next level. When working with L1 candidates you are able to support them when they are reading the text by explaining the meaning of words. The more support a candidate is given, the lower their working level (this is reflected in the mark scheme). So do not feel that you have to leave the candidates to struggle alone. Hopefully, as they get more practice, they will develop and require less support. In the early stages it might be a good idea to give them some more straightforward reading pieces to read and discuss together. I will give you further advice on this.

I am currently working to put together some resources – so I will certainly try to incorporate your concerns into this work.

Many thanks,

Eleanor

 

estherc3
estherc3
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Hi,

I am finding English an extremely difficult subject to teach and learn, in addition to finding it significantly harder for reluctant teenagers with learning difficulties.

Unlike Maths (which has clear logical and often symbolic answers), English (which affects the teaching and learning of many other subjects) is ambiguous, with spelling conventions that do not always ‘follow the rule’ and questions that do not attract a 'black or white' flawless answer. This often makes it very hard to teach pupils with learning difficulties, even more so if they have autistic tendencies.  Many of our SEN pupils have very spiky profiles in English, with most better at Speaking and Listening, yet their comprehension skills are quite poor, thus hindering learning in both reading and writing.

The school I work at has been using the OCR Entry Level qualification for the past few years, but I noticed that the pupils find the reading assessments very hard (especially those pupils working at E1/E2). None of the 6 reading assessments (texts or questions) seem to be aimed at students working at below E3.  Does it matter if pupils are unable to read/ answer the text which in turn leads to them getting a score of zero in the reading assessment? Do you know if there are any plans to introduce different reading texts for each level - possibly something similar to the Functional English?

We are always looking for ideas/resources and SoW to help teach our pupils (who often forget what they have learnt on a daily/weekly basis, in addition to taking an extremely long time to understand and learn the basic knowledge and skills in English that many of us take for granted) to progress.

Regards

Esther

Eleanor Sleight
Eleanor ...
Posts: 20

Hi Pete,

Thank you for your comments regarding Entry Level resources. I do not have schemes of work available at the moment, but is something we could look into creating.

I do have some useful resources which might help you get started. These include work sheets and themes you could use to prompt creative writing. If you email me your details to this address: ocrenglish@ocr.org.uk I will send these through to you as a PDF.

Many thanks,

Eleanor

peteevans
peteevans
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Hi, I'm starting to teach in a special school in Lincolnshire and would welcome any assistance with planning for Entry Level English, Maths, Science and ICT. I would be particularly interested in any Schemes of Work which may help to get me started.

Thanks

Pete