Exams and Assessment

What’s next for key stage 3?

16 March 2016

With the increasing demands of key stage 4 and recent Ofsted criticism of provision in years 7, 8 and 9, Suanne O’Farrell looks at how schools can best use key stage 3 to support students’ achievement and their wider learning


Supporting your exams officer

16 March 2016

Raising the profile of your examinations officer is key to achieving a successful and problem-free exam series in your school, explains Jugjit Chima


Exams and homework

2 March 2016

As the exams season looms, Gareth Mellor outlines some revision tips, looks at boosting student confidence and easing stress, and considers ways to use homework effectively to support exam preparation


Assessment: Life after levels for SEN students

24 February 2016

A recent day of discussions between school leaders from across England focused on the impact that the move to assessment without levels might have on vulnerable pupils, especially those with SEN. Daniel Sobel reports on some of the challenges, solutions and conclusions



Examinations: Preventing malpractice

13 January 2016

Every year there are incidents of examination malpractice by both students and school staff. Jugjit Chima looks at how schools can avoid any problems and also advises on having an effective examinations policy


Assessment: Three lessons for radical improvement

13 January 2016

Sir David Brailsford changed the world of British cycling by rejecting tinkering and opting for radical reform. Alistair Smith draws three lessons for schools’ approaches to teaching and assessment


Supporting your exams officer

14 October 2015

Despite the significance of the exams officer role within secondary schools, they often do not receive the support they should. Jugjit Chima offers some advice to school leaders



Exams, Access Arrangements and assistive technology

16 September 2015

Access Arrangements and assistive technology can offer crucial support for many students, but a narrow view of just who these processes are for is causing problems. Andrew Harland explains


Assessment: Life after levels at key stage 3

2 September 2015

Focusing on key stage 3 and the key transition points for secondary pupils, Sarah Wynn looks at some of the potential problems as schools move to life after national curriculum levels and reports on her research into the assessment changes


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.

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