Mmm, my gut feeling was that it sounds odd!
I don't want to identify the school, but I believe provides a lower number of sixth form teaching hours per subject than other sixth forms for various reasons. I think that is why dropping a subject in Yr13 could cause problems with funding if there aren't enough hours per student. I was assured this was common practice though, which sounds like it may not be the case.
They have a form which the DC has to complete with work they have done in the "dropped" lesson and the "dropped" subject teacher then has to sign a statement at the bottom saying they supervised this work. In DC's case the dropped subject is totally different to her 3 continuing A2s (i.e. humanities vs STEM), and no supervision actually takes place, except the signing of the form. This is the case for all students who have dropped a subject at this school.
Has anyone at all come across this? (Or please post if you know your school/ DC don't have to do this).
I am concerned.
Haven't come across it and don't know why they are doing it - and yes, if your child is signing something that is not true that's not right and you should discourage it or, if they're under 18, point out to school that you are aware that your child has signed some things that are not true and are therefore not valid for whatever purpose the forms are use for.
However, I'm not clear whether your child has signed something that is not true or whether it is the teacher that is doing so (i.e. sayiing they "supervised" it when they didn't). If what your child is signing is true (e.g. I sat in the library and I read my geography textbook) then I wouldn't worry about this system or why they run it --- it just is providing a good structure to ensure your child works during free periods rather than larking around.
Perhaps it does have something to do with funding too - see the bits about funding levels and timetabled hours per student here:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-fu ... programmes