Exams and Assessment

More implications of Progress 8 for schools

15 May 2014

In his third article on the implications of the move to Progress 8, school leader Ben Solly identifies some key curriculum decisions that schools must be taking in order to be prepared.


Progress 8: Accounting for every child

8 May 2014

As we prepare for the introduction of Progress 8, school leader Ben Solly reminds us of the inequalities of the current accountability regime and looks at why this change is long overdue.


The reasons behind the decline in languages at A level

8 May 2014

The latest Languages Trends study has revealed yet further decline in language learning, with specific concerns about post-16 study. Kathryn Board and Teresa Tinsley consider some of the reasons behind the continuing problems.


Ready for secondary?

1 May 2014

The government’s insistence that a key part of primary education is to ensure pupils are ‘secondary-ready’ has caused much debate. Gerald Haigh argues that transition is a joint responsibility.


Preparing for ‘Progress 8’

3 April 2014

The new Progress 8 performance measure is on its way, bringing with it new benchmarks, floor standards and new challenges for schools. Ben Solly looks at what we know so far.


League tables: Introducing Progress 8

20 March 2014

Schools are bracing themselves for a new benchmark performance measure – Progress 8. Catherine Mastaglio looks at the changes, which are coming in for exams sat in 2016.


The secrets to vocational success

13 March 2014

Earlier this year, West Lakes Academy was ranked second in the country in the league tables for post-16 vocational qualifications. David Halliday discusses the key steps on their road to vocational success.



The New Professionalism – SSAT National Conference

28 November 2013

SSAT National Conference 2013 is bringing the profession together to develop a blueprint for the future of education. SecEd's preview supplement investigates the four key themes – Professional Capital, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum Redesign, and Account


What are Career Colleges?

21 November 2013

Launched last month, Career Colleges aim to offer a ‘rounded education’ within a sector or industry for 14 to 19-year-olds. SecEd invited Ruth Gilbert from the Career Colleges Trust to tell us more.


Religious education – the fight-back begins

14 November 2013

One of the main casualties of education policy, including the EBacc, has been RE. But now the subject’s supporters have hit back, carrying out an 18-month review and producing a new curriculum framework to raise the status of RE. Teacher Kate Christopher


Helping them prepare psychologically for exams

17 October 2013

Successful exam preparation involves developing successful study habits and overcoming those key psychological barriers. Patricia Orlunwo Ikiriko offers vital advice to help you prepare your students.



Introducing Traineeships

12 September 2013

The government’s new programme of pre-Apprenticeship course – called Traineeships – are aimed at boosting youth employability skills. David Grailey explains.


Working together to develop leadership practice

4 July 2013

Schools in West Sussex are embracing the challenge of the Redesigning Schooling campaign to develop their leadership and educational practice in key areas. Caroline Barlow explains.



Achieving positive accountability in our schools

20 June 2013

With so much discussion around the negative impact of inspection, deputy head Rosanna Raimato and SSAT’s Kirstie Andrew-Power discuss what positive accountability could look like.


A vocational revolution

13 June 2013

From September, tough new rules will limit the number of vocational qualifications which will qualify for inclusion in school league tables. Lindsay Plumpton looks at the fall-out of this move and new qualifications that are being developed as a result.


Redesigning Schooling

23 May 2013

The Redesigning Schooling campaign is bringing together expertise from within education to set the agenda for how schools need to change to meet the needs of 21st century learner. This free SecEd supplement looks at four key tenets of the work – teaching



Five lessons for giving effective student feedback

9 May 2013

The role of high-quality feedback is widely acknowledged in improving students’ learning and outcomes. Drawing on a range of research, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses the five key lessons to delivering feedback effectively.



An examination nightmare...

14 March 2013

Michael Gove’s obsession with exam-based, terminal assessment will seriously disadvantage many students, says teacher Simon Pearson. He argues why and looks at overcoming some of the barriers that students have to this style of learning.


The future of Assessment for Learning under Michael Gove

14 March 2013

As we move towards more terminal examination at GCSE and a system which prizes knowledge over skills, Tom Middlehurst argues that Assessment for Learning has become more essential to classroom practice than ever.


Testing to support year 7 transition

6 December 2012

Steve Walters explains why his school's introductory/transition programme for year 7 includes the use of a cognitive abilities test.

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