Exams and Assessment

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



GCSE grading – 10 useful facts

29 March 2017

This summer’s exam results will see the first appearance of the new GCSE grades 1 to 9 as they begin to be phased in. Curriculum and assessment specialist Suzanne O’Farrell gives us 10 useful facts about the new numerical system


Teaching practice: Revision

29 March 2017

Our teaching practice series now turns its attention to exam preparation and how we can help to make revision more effective for students. Matt Bromley explains


What’s so bad about the new exams?

29 March 2017

Paul Gammans has a secret. He likes exams. He argues here for a positive approach to the new terminal examination system and offers some tips on how to structure your curriculum and support students’ revision


Exam preparation: Extended writing questions

22 March 2017

As part of her work on improving feedback to students, Helen Webb focused on improving performance in GCSE science extended writing questions. She discusses her findings


Secure storage of exam materials

22 March 2017

There are strict regulations around the receiving and storing of examination materials. Jugjit Chima looks at the requirements


How do you know your students are learning?

1 March 2017

How can you judge whether all your students are learning something in your lessons and making the progress they are capable of? Teacher Helen Webb discusses what learning looks like...


Analysing the UK’s PISA results

1 March 2017

The latest PISA findings shine a light on UK performance in maths, science and reading. However, they should be read in context and with caution. Dorothy Lepkowska takes a look


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