Exams and Assessment

Preparing schools for PISA 2018

14 March 2018

As PISA 2018 gets under way, the NFER’s Rebecca Wheater looks at how it works, what it tells us, and explains why it’s important for schools to take part

New approaches to student feedback

31 January 2018

As schools realise that forcing teachers to produce reams of written feedback for students is often counterproductive, assessment strategies are starting to change. Jemma Sherwood looks at the research and discusses how her approach has shifted

Assessment: The feedback conundrum

31 January 2018

Achieving a whole-school marking policy that satisfies students, parents and teachers might just be impossible. Dr Bernard Trafford instead urges a focus on some simple tenets of good feedback...

Case study: A marking & feedback revolution

17 January 2018

A complete overhaul of the marking policy at Bedminster Down School has reduced workload and raised the quality of student feedback. Assistant head Megan Arnold explains

In-class marking and feedback

22 November 2017

Specialist Leader of Education, Adam Riches, proposes a strategy of in-class marking to drastically reduce workload while improving teacher feedback

Study skills: Effective use of revision guides

11 October 2017

Revision guides are popular resources with many teachers and parents, but do students use them properly? Helen Webb looks at how to teach students to use revision guides more effectively

Revision and study skills: Retrieval practice

3 October 2017

Research shows the positive impact that using retrieval practice can have on outcomes. Helen Webb discusses her work to apply this strategy in the classroom and encourage her students to use it as part of their revision

Teaching with memory in mind

3 October 2017

Do your students often forget prior learning? Jemma Sherwood explains how to design your lessons with memory in mind...

Encouraging problem-solving in mathematics

3 October 2017

The GCSE mathematics curriculum prioritises problem-solving skills. Heather Davis offers advice on how we can teach such skills, with practical ideas for the classroom

Preparing for exam results: A checklist

5 July 2017

The job of an exams officer is most certainly not done once the summer exams series is completed. Jugjit Chima runs through the main duties and responsibilities of exams officers in the coming weeks and months

How subject teaching time has changed since 2011

14 June 2017

NFER research on teacher retention has highlighted how both the accountability system and teacher supply are influencing changes in the teaching time secondary schools dedicate to different subjects. Jack Worth explains

Exam season and wellbeing support

17 May 2017

As exam season is now under way, Laura Ralph looks at how schools can support pupils who are feeling the pressure around their assessments

Assessment: How accurate is your data?

17 May 2017

One of the reasons behind recent improvements in outcomes at senior leader Nathan Oxford‘s school is a marked improvement in the accuracy of assessment data

Exams during Ramadan: Supporting students

10 May 2017

Ramadan will fall during this year’s summer examinations. Anna Cole discusses how to support Muslim students who are taking exams while also observing Ramadan

Make your school data C.O.U.N.T.

3 May 2017

How can we use our data effectively? Garry Freeman advises on collecting, managing and analysing your school’s data so that it is meaningful, relevant and useful for your teachers

Assessment: Developing your own approach

26 April 2017

How are you getting on with life after national curriculum levels? Claire Hodgson offers some evidence-based guidance on how schools can develop their own approaches to ensuring effective assessment

Attainment: Closing the gender gap

19 April 2017

What should we be doing about the achievement gap between girls and boys? School leader Caroline Sherwood discusses the impact that gender stereotyping can have and the challenges faced by schools and teachers

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