Examinations & Qualifications

GCSEs: A healthy approach

8 May 2019

Exam season is looming and many pupils will be feeling the pressure. Clare Stafford looks at ideas for offering emotional support in the run-up to and during the exam period


Revision techniques: Interleaving and spacing

3 April 2019

‘Spacing’ refers to revision throughout the course of study, while ‘interleaving’ means switching between ideas while you learn. Both techniques can help boost students’ long-term memories and retrieval of key information. Helen Webb explains


Helping students to handle exam stress

20 March 2019

Exam season is on the horizon and we must help students to handle the pressure if they are to excel. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some practical ideas for reducing stress and anxiety in the run up to exams


Examinations: Preparing your EAL learners

13 March 2019

Formal examinations can present a range of specific challenges for pupils with English as an additional language. Deborah Owen offers some strategies, both to help pupils prepare and for them to use on the day


Curriculum for Excellence: What now?

5 December 2018

It is clear that there have been a number of problems with the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. Headteacher John Rutter gives us his ‘state of the nation’ and considers what now needs to happen






When revision can be bad for you

23 May 2018

At exam time, the negative impact of over-studying cannot be over-estimated. Karen Sullivan offers some words of caution to revising students...



Getting exam revision right

2 May 2018

The majority of students don’t like to use the most effective revision techniques. This has to change, says Karen Sullivan


Study skills: Effective use of revision guides

11 October 2017

Revision guides are popular resources with many teachers and parents, but do students use them properly? Helen Webb looks at how to teach students to use revision guides more effectively


Revision and study skills: Retrieval practice

3 October 2017

Research shows the positive impact that using retrieval practice can have on outcomes. Helen Webb discusses her work to apply this strategy in the classroom and encourage her students to use it as part of their revision


Teaching with memory in mind

3 October 2017

Do your students often forget prior learning? Jemma Sherwood explains how to design your lessons with memory in mind...



Preparing for exam results: A checklist

5 July 2017

The job of an exams officer is most certainly not done once the summer exams series is completed. Jugjit Chima runs through the main duties and responsibilities of exams officers in the coming weeks and months


How subject teaching time has changed since 2011

14 June 2017

NFER research on teacher retention has highlighted how both the accountability system and teacher supply are influencing changes in the teaching time secondary schools dedicate to different subjects. Jack Worth explains


Exam season and wellbeing support

17 May 2017

As exam season is now under way, Laura Ralph looks at how schools can support pupils who are feeling the pressure around their assessments



Exams during Ramadan: Supporting students

10 May 2017

Ramadan will fall during this year’s summer examinations. Anna Cole discusses how to support Muslim students who are taking exams while also observing Ramadan


Make your school data C.O.U.N.T.

3 May 2017

How can we use our data effectively? Garry Freeman advises on collecting, managing and analysing your school’s data so that it is meaningful, relevant and useful for your teachers


Assessment: Developing your own approach

26 April 2017

How are you getting on with life after national curriculum levels? Claire Hodgson offers some evidence-based guidance on how schools can develop their own approaches to ensuring effective assessment



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

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