Exams and Assessment

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


Feedback for impact

1 July 2015

Sarah Taylor offers five steps to embedding an effective marking strategy


Investigating volatility in exam results

18 June 2015

Last month, SecEd reported on research showing just how volatile a school’s exam results can be from year-to-year. It has led to calls for schools to be judged on a rolling basis across five years of results. Tim Oates explains



Smooth transitions for SEN pupils

11 June 2015

Transition points in school life can be difficult, especially for pupils with SEN. Dr Nicola Davies reports on a recent seminar focusing on solutions to this challengeFor many children, especially those with special needs, the switch to high school is a time fraught with tension.


An idea for using RAG marking

4 June 2015

Having successfully used a ‘starter for 10’ peer-assessment scheme to boost essay-writing skills, Tim Matthews decided to combine it with the popular RAG marking approach


Turning exam stress into a positive

4 June 2015

Research shows that the way students perceive stress can have a dramatic effect on their performance at exam time. Karen Sullivan explains



A last-minute exam checklist

14 May 2015

The summer 2015 examinations series is finally underway. Jugjit Chima offers schools a checklist of 10 last-minute preparations to ensure everything runs smoothly


Opening a career college

7 May 2015

Career College North East is the first of these new entities to bring the expertise of a local school and college together. Brendan Tapping explains.



Life after levels: What next for assessment?

19 March 2015

Schools need to take the bull by the horns when planning for life after national curriculum levels. Mick Walker takes a look at the current situation and advises on next steps.



Reducing your exams budget

26 February 2015

Millions of pounds are spent every year on running examinations. However, Jugjit Chima says it is possible for schools to save money within the exams budget.


SecEd Guide To… Progress 8

22 January 2015

SecEd's latest Guide To tackles the new Progress 8 performance table measure, focusing on how it works, the implications for schools and students, and offering advice on how best to prepare.


Raising the profile of your exams officer

15 January 2015

Your exams officer is one of the most important members of your whole-school team. Jugjit Chima discusses how you can raise the profile of your exams officer across the school.


Resolving examination clashes

8 January 2015

The move to linear examinations has a number of implications for exams officers, not least scheduling clashes between the wide number of different examinations. Jugjit Chima offers some advice.



Robust, rigorous assessment

25 September 2014

With national curriculum levels now officially scrapped, schools need to find new ways of assessing pupils. Alison Rogers stresses the importance of having robust and rigorous assessment procedures.


Ten ways to support your exams officer

25 September 2014

The exams officer plays a key role in school life, but how can teachers and school leaders best support their work? Jugjit Chima offers some advice.



Vocational & academic: Working hand-in-hand

11 September 2014

Changes to accountability have seemingly led many schools to reduce their vocational offer. Catherine Mastaglio argues that vocational education can work hand-in-hand with academia.


Exams: Are you up-to-speed?

4 September 2014

Changes to exams rules and regulations for 2014/15 are of significant relevance to more than just school examination officers. Jugjit Chima explains.


Are you ready for life after levels?

3 July 2014

How is your school approaching life after national curriculum levels? As a new pamphlet offering advice is published, Tom Middlehurst asks the question


Examinations and Ramadan

19 June 2014

For the next five years, Ramadan is to clash with the examination season. Legal expert Clare Young looks at how schools can manage students and staff who will be fasting during this period.

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