Exams and Assessment

Set goals, not targets

17 September 2019

Goal-setting can prove aspirational and motivational for students and avoids the stress that can come with the traditional target-setting approach. Matt Ward explains


Help your year 7 pupils to hit the ground running

11 September 2019

Starting at secondary school can be a stressful time for our youngest pupils. Tiffnie Harris looks at simple processes and ideas to help smooth the transition from year 6 to year 7


Getting transition right for vulnerable pupils

20 June 2019

We all know that transition to year 7 can lead to a dip in student outcomes. Daniel Sobel speaks to Jez Piper about how we can get transition right, particularly for our most vulnerable pupils


GCSEs: A healthy approach

8 May 2019

Exam season is looming and many pupils will be feeling the pressure. Clare Stafford looks at ideas for offering emotional support in the run-up to and during the exam period



Revision techniques: Interleaving and spacing

3 April 2019

‘Spacing’ refers to revision throughout the course of study, while ‘interleaving’ means switching between ideas while you learn. Both techniques can help boost students’ long-term memories and retrieval of key information. Helen Webb explains


Helping students to handle exam stress

20 March 2019

Exam season is on the horizon and we must help students to handle the pressure if they are to excel. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some practical ideas for reducing stress and anxiety in the run up to exams


Examinations: Preparing your EAL learners

13 March 2019

Formal examinations can present a range of specific challenges for pupils with English as an additional language. Deborah Owen offers some strategies, both to help pupils prepare and for them to use on the day


Getting work scrutiny right

6 March 2019

Book scrutiny (or sampling) is too often about criticism and too often conducted in a Big Brother atmosphere of distrust. Instead, it must be about improvement, development and sharing best practice. Adam Riches and Roy Watson Davis offer their advice


Going for Gold: Tracking progress effectively

6 February 2019

Entitled Going for Gold, Saqib Chaudhri‘s approach to checking student progress and supporting teachers to plan and deliver GCSE interventions is proving successful...


Curriculum for Excellence: What now?

5 December 2018

It is clear that there have been a number of problems with the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. Headteacher John Rutter gives us his ‘state of the nation’ and considers what now needs to happen


Assessing English language proficiency: Why and how

7 November 2018

Recent research shows the importance of effectively assessing the English language proficiency of EAL learners. Katherine Solomon looks at the findings and offers practical advice for secondary schools






Feedback: The mark of success – Part 7

20 June 2018

In the final article of his seven-part series on effective feedback techniques and practices, Matt Bromley looks at the ‘when’ and the ‘how’ of feedback – and putting evidence into practice



Feedback – The mark of success: Part 6

13 June 2018

In part six of his seven-part series on effective feedback techniques and practices, Matt Bromley focuses on how to engage pupils with their assessment feedback


Feedback – The mark of success: Part 5

6 June 2018

In part five of his seven-part series on effective feedback techniques and practices, Matt Bromley focuses on developing an effective school assessment policy


Feedback: The mark of success – Part 4

23 May 2018

In part four of his seven-part series on effective feedback techniques and practices, Matt Bromley continues his research review and focuses on the three questions and four levels of effective feedback


When revision can be bad for you

23 May 2018

At exam time, the negative impact of over-studying cannot be over-estimated. Karen Sullivan offers some words of caution to revising students...



Feedback: The mark of success – Part 2

9 May 2018

In part two of his seven-part series on effective feedback techniques and practices, Matt Bromley looks at making marking meaningful, manageable and motivating


Feedback: The mark of success – Part 1

2 May 2018

Feedback is the latest fashion in the world of education, with research showing huge gains in pupil progress. In this new seven-part series Matt Bromley will dissect the feedback craze and examine what effective feedback actually looks like – both for the teacher and the student

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