Examinations & Qualifications


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




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


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


Reviewing your examination year

6 July 2016

Conducting a review of your school’s ‘exams year’ can help to cut out wastage and improve key processes for the future. Jugjit Chima advises


Geography: From assessment to fieldwork

11 May 2016

Hundreds of geography teachers gathered recently for the Geographical Association’s annual conference. Alan Kinder summarises the key issues and debates


Delivering an effective Extended Project

20 April 2016

Monkseaton High’s recent Ofsted ‘outstanding’ grade included high praise for the school’s work in relation to the Extended Project Qualification. So, what are the ingredients of a successful EPQ teaching programme? Dr Andrew K Shenton and Andy Sherlaw offer some practical advice



The challenges facing our exams officers

13 April 2016

The 2016 annual survey of the Examination Officers’ Association focuses on the role of exams officers and the challenges they face. Andrew Harland offers his commentary on some of the issues raised in the report


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


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


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


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

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