We live in Devon (UK) and my daughter started a state secondary school in the fall of 2016. I was quite oblivious to the secondary education system and apart from attending the usual orientations provided by the school did not do much to learn the intricacies. Feedback was positive and the teachers seemed happy with her performance. School seemed to be corresponding with my daughter rather than me, and I attested that to the shifting responsibilities that change with age.

Eventually, we have received a report card, on which I came across this quite new way of tracking and grading educational progress. It is named “flightpath method” and while it seems quite simple at first, it is quite shocking in nature.

Ever since this first encounter with this method, I try to understand what it is, what it means, and how will it affect my daughter. I will share the material I find useful in understanding this subject here because I am guessing that there are other people like me out there who are trying to help their children navigate this system.

I am also quite discomforted about the potential consequences of assuming that progress alone is considered success, and while every child might have a different performance or knowledge level, they all can be under the illusion of being equally successful. This system shelters the children form experiencing failure until much later in life, which in turn leaves much less time to catch up with those that perform better or make more progress through KS3 years.

I will add a short summary of what I understand from the resources I can locate and share. I will be very happy to hear everyone’s opinions about the subject, either here, or on the facebook page that shares the same material:  https://www.facebook.com/Understand-GCSE-flight-paths-1343042919125010/ 


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