Exams and Assessment

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.


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.


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