Exams and 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



Case study: Creating a post-levels solution

25 January 2017

Many schools struggled to know how to replace curriculum levels. Darrick Wood School was among those to design a new system from scratch. Martin Smith reflects on this process and effective assessment at key stage 3




Bett Show 2017 – Your SecEd Guide

8 December 2016

SecEd's annual Bett Show Guide offers 32 pages of preview information to help you prepare for the world's largest educational technology event, which takes place at London's ExCeL from January 25 to 28.


Advice and guidance for NQTs – free download

6 December 2016

SecEd has published its latest NQT Special Edition, which is now available to download as a free eight-page pdf featuring a wealth of best practice advice and guidance, practical tips, and wellbeing support for new teachers across the UK.



Six essential examination policies

16 November 2016

What are the examination policies that schools must have in place in order to satisfy both JCQ and Ofqual requirements? Jugjit Chima explains


Key stage 3: Assessment

2 November 2016

All this term, Matt Bromley is focusing on practice and pedagogy in the key stage 3 classroom. He now turns his focus to assessment, including data management, closing the gaps and life after levels in years 7, 8 and 9



Exam regulations update

5 October 2016

A new academic year normally brings with it updates to examination regulations. Expert Jugjit Chima looks at some of the changes for 2016/17


Effective student feedback: Ideas for feedback statements

5 October 2016

In the final part of this five-part series on effective pupil feedback, Helen Webb discusses ideas for specific feedback statements that can be used in conjunction with the comment banks approach that was described in her last article




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

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