Examinations & Qualifications

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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