Each year the deadline dates for the different sections of the coursework are reviewed by your teachers so that we can judge how you can use the time you have to your best advantage. Obviously the half-term holidays and the end of term breaks are in slightly different places each year and for this reason the dates change a little.
You may also have a coursework day planned and it is important that you are well prepared for this so that you can achieve as much as possible in the time available. You can only be ready to undertake particular tasks at a particular time if you work with deadlines and work-schedules in mind.
Time is very precious in year Eleven ( and for A-Level students:Year Thirteen ) as you do not have a full year in which to finish things off. Students always have a lot of pressure from other subjects and the coursework necessary for those courses – and your own D&T teachers are aware that Design and Technology coursework takes a long time to complete - especially
if it is to look really good. It is with all of this in mind that the deadlines are set Remember they are set for for your benefit to make sure you finish the whole coursework-project task and to ensure that you don’t lose marks unnecessarily simply because you have not managed your own time well. Right now it may not seem as though the deadlines are there to help you but later on it will be more obvious. Start now and work with the teachers you have and not against them - after all everyone is working for you.
Every year we ask students in year Eleven ( and for Advanced Level courses, Year Thirteen ) how they could have made their lives easier and what advice they would give to students just beginning their GCSE or A-Level courses. Without any hesitation they all say they should have worked harder, messed around less and listened more in class-time. Homework always features in their answers, as they also admit that it would have been much more beneficial to have used that time more wisely too.
It’s a little bit sad really that everyone insists on learning how to make mistakes for themselves and students choose to ignore the benefit of advice from those who have been there, done that – and found out the problems …. Surely you wouldn’t want to find your own, new way across the marshes without a map – just because you didn’t want to listen to the person telling you which way one of the best paths lay ! Sure its great to try things out and explore but choose what to experiment with and above all remember that time is running out. Do the exploring when you have the time – and the best way to have enough time to do that extra bit that no-one has done before is to meet the deadlines. Then you will be able to do our own thing a little more – make your project better - and you may find its all a lot more enjoyable too.