Exams and Assessment

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



Getting exam revision right

2 May 2018

The majority of students don’t like to use the most effective revision techniques. This has to change, says Karen Sullivan


Reflecting on the Extended Project

2 May 2018

Customer journey mapping is a process used to gauge the needs and preferences of service users or clients. Dr Andrew K Shenton explains how he has adapted this approach to help Extended Project students to reflect on their learning experiences and skills


Formative assessment and EAL

25 April 2018

Formative assessment is a high-impact strategy and at St Mary’s School it has been yielding positive results for pupils who use English as an additional language. Patricia Brooks explains


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



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