GCSE WJEC Practice Papers for the Annual Topic (ZigZag Education)

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WJEC GCSE 2017 topic: Practice Papers for Newspaper and Radio News
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GCSE WJEC Practice Papers for the Annual Topic

Practice Papers for the exam topic

Fully prepare your students to succeed in the exam!
  • Varied questions test all key concepts
  • Variety of creative planning tasks: front cover, double-page feature article, promotional pull-out magazine
  • 3 original papers in exam style – not available from WJEC

Everything you need:
  • Design sheets and write-on papers provided
  • Student-friendly mark schemes for all 3 papers – great for self-assessment!
  • Sample answers, great for AfL: Paper 1 has C-grade answers so students can identify improvements, Paper 2 has exemplar A* answers to show them how to aim high
  • Paper 3 is an extension paper to challenge your most able with the rarer types of exam questions
Excellent examiner-style comments to allow students a detailed insight into what they are looking for in the response to questions. E Richardson, Media Teacher & Independent Reviewer
Last year we used ZigZag and eRevision - 94% A*-C GCSE results. Best ever. P Knowles, Head of Media & Customer, 2014
Feedback on previous editions
'I was impressed with the resource. The questions selected were appropriate and I thought that the example answers were really useful... It interprets the specification accurately... The wording of the questions was spot on, as were the elements included... I particulary liked the sample answers... I thought that this resource would be perfect for revision in Year 11. Classes could use the resource for practice exams. They could also take it away for independent study... A carefully thought out anticipation of WJEC exam!'S Morgans, Media and Film Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'Because the topics for study change yearly resources are pretty thin on the ground - particularly if you're managing two year groups.'C Aucherlonie, Media Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'Well put together and reflected exactly the structure of the WJEC exam. The model answers were very good and would provide some useful work with the students on how to structure the answers. The mark schemes were useful... Preparing mock exams for media takes time and if you were pushed it would be a way to ensure that the students were well prepared. I always feel that working with exam papers and teaching students how the exam papers work is a useful activity. Presentation was exactly as I would expect a WJEC exam paper to look and the questions were spot on in terms of expected rubric... The subject matter matches the specification exactly and does provide an accurate version of the marking scheme.'K Chanter, Head of Department & Independent Reviewer
'Thorough - authentic... has the structure and feel of an exam paper, and the emphasis on convergence is particularly authentic for nowadays... some good questions out of the comfort zone: eg: questions on end sequence & nationality will really challenge candidates...The answers are within the range of all abilities: lower ability pupils can aspire to these answers without being put off... presentation and layout is outstanding.'M Turiansky, Head of Drama & Media Studies, Independent Reviewer

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7134)
'I feel the resource fits the specification brilliantly. The three papers offer different question types and provide valid and realistic mock questions that will help teachers to focus their schemes of work on topics which are very likely to appear on the real GCSE examination paper in 2017... a well-rounded prediction ... This will supplement the teaching of newspapers and radio news using the WJEC recommended textbooks and resources. The use of practice papers will be extremely useful for preparing pupils for their examination, especially in a subject like Media where the examination topic changes every year, so there are no past papers available for the given topic of newspapers and radio news. This will not only provide pupils with access to pre-public examination questions, but will enable teachers to assess their pupils’ learning throughout the course... The ‘pupil friendly’ mark scheme written in checklist format will enable pupils to assess their own or their peers’ responses so that they can familiarise themselves with what makes a full and worthy response. Further to this, the accessible mark scheme gives the pupils insight into the way in which the examiner will be approaching their own examination answers... It also provides exemplar material and detailed mark schemes so pupils can assess their own work with ease. The examiner commentary provides useful analysis of pupil responses so that pupils can see exactly how and why marks are awarded. This could be useful for assessing learning by giving pupils practice of answering under examination conditions, or it could be used as a teaching tool, to work through with pupils and explaining how to create full responses... I would recommend to all teachers of the WJEC Media GCSE specification to purchase this.'– E Richards, Head of Media & Independent Reviewer
'Very clearly structured and informative. It includes a good range of resource materials that will help students prepare effectively for the 2017 examination... The ‘What is the examiner thinking?’ sections are also very useful and clear – they give excellent guidance and pointers for students on how to structure their answers, and what kind of points to include, in order to achieve highly in the examination... It is a detailed and comprehensive resource that covers many of the requirements of both the specification as a whole and the examination in particular. It will be useful to the current Year 11 cohorts as exemplar material to use as a basis for classroom discussions, and also as a ready-made resource for teachers to use as a rehearsal examination in a more formal setting... I feel that the resource matches and interprets the specification very well. The range of tasks is comprehensive and the mark schemes are thorough and detailed.'– S Backhouse, Teacher, Examiner and Independent Reviewer
'Everything a student would need to know about how to structure their exam answers is in this resource, and the examiner commentaries are useful directly to the students as well as to teacher to help inform their teaching and their marking, meaning more accurate grade predictions can be made... It is well structured and has a range of interesting questions for students which are suitable for a range of abilities. It covers a wide range of the types of questions which students will come up against in the exam and therefore tests a wide range of knowledge and understanding... The resource directly targets the exam and so the way it enhances learning and its educational value is clear. The sample questions and answers follows the standard format for a WJEC GCSE Media exam with the right number of marks allocated per question etc. The mark schemes are appropriate and follow the conventions of a WJEC GCSE mark scheme.'– V Carter-Bland, Director of Learning & Independent Reviewer

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