It was GCSE results day yesterday so I dropped into the school in the morning to check out the score. Seems that on a whole school basis we made some improvement on last year, which was a relief. Art wise, we did pretty well again, keeping our A-C rate above 90% again. After moderation we had thought it would be much worse, so it was a bit of a relief to see the figures holding up. I was also pretty pleased to discover that my Art Graphics course returned a 100% A-C rate. It was particularly pleasing to see some of those students achieving a grade well above what they were averaging across their other subjects, and I strongly believe that it was the technological aspect of the course that led to a lot of those students’ successes. Many of the boys, in particular, were not the sorts of students who would have opted for a regular Art course, and the digital element certainly allowed them to explore a creative side that would otherwise have gone undeveloped. And it’s this element of the digital experience within the educational context that I find intriguing and exciting: how digital media can extend student’s creativity and lead to greater understanding of the subject matter being studied.
In other school matters, the finished Year Book was being bandied about, and it looked great. Now I know that the Year Book is a traditional part of the US school experience and that more and more UK schools are putting them together, but this was the first year that our school had really got it together. And I was voted ‘Best Dressed Teacher’! Ha ha. I don’t know if that was for my Simple sneakers, Paul Smith shirts or Massimo Dutti jacket, but whatever, it was really cool.