People who follow me on my socials will know that I was given a segment on BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show and a lot of you were asking about how I got the opportunity...
The night before my biology exam I received a DM from one of the shows 'talent scouts' explaining how she wanted to get me onto the show. At first I was skeptical and unsure about whether I should go for it as I would have to make my way to Central London and back before the exam started. I decided that it would be silly for me to pass up such a big opportunity so I agreed to be on the show.
The next morning I got up super early and got on a train to the BBC Broadcasting House in Marylebone. On the train I made sure to watch lots of Freesciencelessons on youtube to ensure that I had the right mindset later on in the exam.
After we signed in I waited in hair and makeup and met the other guests doing the segment with me.
When it was time to go on they hooked us up with mics and took us to the studio.
And then we filmed...live...
Check out a clip from my segment here: https://twitter.com/victorialive/status/996424098287890433?lang=en
And thats all there is to it, I got to share my story to a large audience and get the word out there about the rising level of stress being put on young adults today during their GCSEs.
I can become extremely passionate about this topic as I am in the first Cohort to do their GCSEs completely with the 1-9 grading system, which is harder to pass than ever before. The new system makes getting a level 7 (A) seem rubbish even though only around 3% of the country can access a level 9. Essentially, the 15-16 year olds doing their GCSE's this year were guinea pigs to the system as none of us properly understood and knew what we were doing to gain marks with the new format of the exams. Our teachers were as clueless as we were in some subjects as each week the exam board would give clues on layout that completely contradicted each other. In reality, none of us know, even now, what mark we need to get to be 'safe', the way grade boundaries are formed are based on the knowledge of the year group doing the exam.
When I got my January mock results back, I was told that the grade could be completely wrong and it's 'just an estimate' as nobody anywhere can guess the grade boundaries until everyone has done the exam and they have been marked. Because of this, I fear that my belief that I have been achieving a grade 5 in maths is completely wrong and in actual fact I am only working at a level 3 or 4. You really cannot tell with these exams what level you are working at. I feel bad for the year group before us who had to complete their core subjects using the 1-9 system as they would have had less knowledge about it than we do!
I just hope that all the prediction grades that I was given back in my mock stand correct and I pass everything. If not, it wont be the end of the world and I can always get into the college I want to with 5 GCSEs from an A* (9) to C (4/5) (which i'm pretty sure I have got) with the possibility of retaking English and Maths.
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