Exams and Assessment


When September comes: 12 tips for a smooth year 6 to 7 transition

20 April 2021

Transition from year 6 to 7 is always a challenging time for students, but during a pandemic the potential difficulties have been heightened for both young people and schools. Matt Bromley offers 12 strategies to help our new year7s thrive when they arrive this September


Whole-class feedback: Practical tips and ideas

19 April 2021

Giving whole-class feedback – when you address misconceptions and other issues as a collective – can have a big impact on student progress and your workload as a teacher. Adam Riches advises



Covid recovery: The importance of EAL assessment

23 March 2021

Setting accurate language targets and using tailored strategies will be crucial if we are to help the post-lockdown recovery of students who use English as an additional language. Caroline Bruce and Silvana Richardson explain and advise



Providing effective feedback and closing the loop

17 February 2021

Effective feedback is perhaps the most crucial aspect of high-quality teaching and has a real impact on pupil progress. Leann Collingwood offers some strategies for how we can close the feedback loop


Social justice and schools: Assessment

24 November 2020

In a seven-part series, teacher and school leader Dave Anderson considers how schools can be a key driver for social justice and how we can make our education system more equitable. In part six, he looks at the problems with our system of assessment and examinations



The National Tutoring Programme roll-out: How will it work?

14 October 2020

The £350m National Tutoring Programme will begin operation after the October half-term. Two main strands will support schools’ work with pupils whose education has been hit hard by the Covid-19 lockdown. Director Robbie Coleman looks at how it works in practice


Saving time: Summative assessment

13 October 2020

Time is our most precious commodity and it is often in short supply. In this series, Adam Riches looks at how we can change common practices to help save time and improve teaching and learning. Here he focuses on summative assessment


Covid-19 and schools: Taking stock and the challenges ahead

7 October 2020

As half-term approaches, Geoff Barton takes stock on the first five weeks of full re-opening and the challenges still facing schools. He covers Ofsted, examinations, remote education, budgets, accountability and life after the pandemic...


Curriculum impact: Assessment, pace, progress & outcomes

9 September 2020

Having already tackled intent and implementation in SecEd this year, Matt Bromley now turns his attention to the third Ofsted ‘I’ – impact. In the second of two articles, he offers practical advice for schools, focusing on how we teach the curriculum and the pace of pupil progress and outcomes



Curriculum impact: The right end-points?

2 September 2020

Having already tackled intent and implementation in SecEd this year, Matt Bromley now turns his attention to the third Ofsted ‘I’ – impact – offering practical advice for schools in this two-part article. He begins in part one with a focus on curriculum end-points, design and sequencing among other ...



Year 6 to 7: Answering the transition challenge

21 June 2020

Primary to secondary transition is always challenging for students, who face the double whammy of anxiety and learning loss. The impact is felt particularly keenly in maths. Colin Hegarty offers his advice




Exam preparation: Supporting EAL learners

29 January 2020

Research findings lay bare the challenges facing EAL students when it comes to examinations. Deborah Owen presents some practical preparation approaches and ideas, many of which may benefit all pupils, not only those with EAL


Saving time: Tackling misconceptions

22 January 2020

Time is our most precious commodity and it is often in short supply. In this five-part series, Adam Riches looks at how we can change common practices to help save time and improve teaching and learning. Part one focuses on checking student understanding


Creating self-assessment tools for your students

4 December 2019

Reflecting, referring, progressing and researching – there are varied uses of self-assessment tools for students. Andrew K Shenton explains some of the benefits he has found with students taking the extended project qualification


NQT Special: Teaching exam classes

6 November 2019

Among the challenges of the NQT year will be taking on your first examination classes. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, Matt Bromley suggests approaches we might take to help students get good outcomes...



Set goals, not targets

17 September 2019

Goal-setting can prove aspirational and motivational for students and avoids the stress that can come with the traditional target-setting approach. Matt Ward explains

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