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Examiner’s comments on question 5 This question was answered by 68% of candidates. For this question, again in two parts, candidates were asked to assess how leaders can create a culture of performance in their organisations and to discuss the challenges leaders might face in introducing performance management and how these might be overcome. There were many good answers to this question. Some candidates mixed up performance management with performance measurement, gaining little or no credit where this was the case. Good answers were able to discuss practical ways in which leaders can create a culture of performance, using examples drawn from public service settings. Some candidates again provided a list of theory, with little attempt to support this with examples. Theory without application is one of the main reasons for poor marks and performance in the SL exam and this was demonstrated in this question, with some scripts gaining very few marks. Strong scripts demonstrated an understanding not only of theories around performance management but also about the challenges in introducing it, and were able to make sensible suggestions about how challenges might be overcome.
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SL Examination Guide June 2015 Page 25 Summary While there were some very strong scripts, a number of candidates had failed to recognise the need for breadth of answers and to use relevant examples from a range of PSOs. Theory without application is insufficient to demonstrate an understanding of the SL module. There is still a tendency in some candidates to pad out thin answers with tangential content, which gains no credit. While there was evidence in a pleasing number of scripts of candidates planning their answers, some candidates do not appear to have done plans and their scripts often suffered from poor structure and confusing additions. However, overall this was a strong examination performance, with a most candidates able to demonstrate their understanding of theory through practical application and scenarios, resulting in a strongl pass rate.
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