Exams and Assessment

Effective feedback: Top tips for teachers

21 September 2016

Continuing her series on effective student feedback, Helen Webb uses lessons from her earlier review of research to compile some top tips for teachers


What does effective student feedback look like? Part 2

14 September 2016

Good feedback can have a significant impact on student progress. In the second part of this two-part article, teacher Helen Webb continues her research review on effective feedback, looking at assessment for learning, peer and self-assessment, the role of marking and the views of Ofsted


What does effective student feedback look like? Part 1

7 September 2016

Feedback is continually reported to have significant impact on student progress. In this two-part article, teacher Helen Webb reviews some of the current literature and research to try and understand what makes feedback effective


Reclaiming assessment in your classroom

6 July 2016

The move to scrap national curriculum levels has given schools back control of assessment. Suzanne O’Farrell advises on creating new assessment systems that are less about measuring and data and more about maximising pupil progress


Reviewing your examination year

6 July 2016

Conducting a review of your school’s ‘exams year’ can help to cut out wastage and improve key processes for the future. Jugjit Chima advises


Supporting dyslexia at A level

18 May 2016

Dyslexia can hit A level students hard as both the difficulty and extent of academic work increases. Kristina Symons offers practical strategies to support the dyslexic A level learner


Geography: From assessment to fieldwork

11 May 2016

Hundreds of geography teachers gathered recently for the Geographical Association’s annual conference. Alan Kinder summarises the key issues and debates



Assessing computing: Practical approaches

27 April 2016

Computing is slowly becoming an established part of the curriculum, but many schools are still finding their feet – especially when it comes to assessment. Expert Terry Freedman discusses some practical approaches to effective assessment in computing


Delivering an effective Extended Project

20 April 2016

Monkseaton High’s recent Ofsted ‘outstanding’ grade included high praise for the school’s work in relation to the Extended Project Qualification. So, what are the ingredients of a successful EPQ teaching programme? Dr Andrew K Shenton and Andy Sherlaw offer some practical advice


Boosting students’ interest in STEM

20 April 2016

The Your Life campaign’s Tough Choices report highlights the issue of declining interest in STEM as students get older and looks to inspire schools and industry to tackle the problem. Rhiannon Thomas explains



The challenges facing our exams officers

13 April 2016

The 2016 annual survey of the Examination Officers’ Association focuses on the role of exams officers and the challenges they face. Andrew Harland offers his commentary on some of the issues raised in the report


What’s next for key stage 3?

16 March 2016

With the increasing demands of key stage 4 and recent Ofsted criticism of provision in years 7, 8 and 9, Suanne O’Farrell looks at how schools can best use key stage 3 to support students’ achievement and their wider learning


Supporting your exams officer

16 March 2016

Raising the profile of your examinations officer is key to achieving a successful and problem-free exam series in your school, explains Jugjit Chima


Exams and homework

2 March 2016

As the exams season looms, Gareth Mellor outlines some revision tips, looks at boosting student confidence and easing stress, and considers ways to use homework effectively to support exam preparation


Assessment: Life after levels for SEN students

24 February 2016

A recent day of discussions between school leaders from across England focused on the impact that the move to assessment without levels might have on vulnerable pupils, especially those with SEN. Daniel Sobel reports on some of the challenges, solutions and conclusions



Examinations: Preventing malpractice

13 January 2016

Every year there are incidents of examination malpractice by both students and school staff. Jugjit Chima looks at how schools can avoid any problems and also advises on having an effective examinations policy


Assessment: Three lessons for radical improvement

13 January 2016

Sir David Brailsford changed the world of British cycling by rejecting tinkering and opting for radical reform. Alistair Smith draws three lessons for schools’ approaches to teaching and assessment


Supporting your exams officer

14 October 2015

Despite the significance of the exams officer role within secondary schools, they often do not receive the support they should. Jugjit Chima offers some advice to school leaders



Exams, Access Arrangements and assistive technology

16 September 2015

Access Arrangements and assistive technology can offer crucial support for many students, but a narrow view of just who these processes are for is causing problems. Andrew Harland explains


Assessment: Life after levels at key stage 3

2 September 2015

Focusing on key stage 3 and the key transition points for secondary pupils, Sarah Wynn looks at some of the potential problems as schools move to life after national curriculum levels and reports on her research into the assessment changes


An end-of-year examinations review

2 July 2015

There are six reasons why every school should review their ‘exams year’. Jugjit Chima explains and offers some further advice

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