Exams and Assessment

A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Successive relearning

11 May 2022

Continuing his series on the potential of retrieval practice, spaced learning, and metacognitive approaches in the classroom, Kristian Still turns to the potential gains when combining retrieval practice and spaced learning – what we call ‘successive relearning’


Exams season: Responding to a panic attack

10 May 2022

Would you know how to support a student who is having a panic attack? With exam season upon us, Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some pointers for helping anyone who is struggling


A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Feedback and elaboration

4 May 2022

Continuing his series on the potential of retrieval practice, spaced learning, successive relearning, and metacognitive approaches in the classroom, Kristian Still turns to the importance of feedback, elaboration, and the use of hints in making retrieval practice a success


A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Spaced learning

20 April 2022

Continuing his series on the potential of retrieval practice, spaced learning, successive relearning, and metacognitive approaches in the classroom, this time Kristian Still focuses on the ‘spaced’ element, looking at the underpinning research and drawing out important lessons for teachers


A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Repeated retrieval practice

6 April 2022

Continuing his series on the potential of retrieval practice, spaced learning, successive relearning, and metacognitive approaches in the classroom, Kristian Still looks at the research underpinning test-enhanced learning (repeated retrieval practice) and draws out important lessons for teachers


A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Let’s make some memories (stick)

30 March 2022

The potential impact of retrieval practice, spaced learning, successive relearning, and metacognitive approaches in the classroom cannot be underestimated. In this series, Kristian Still looks at nine interlinked elements crucial to these approaches and draws out important lessons for teachers from ...





Why and how we should be using retrieval practice and spaced learning

1 December 2021

Retrieval practice alone is not enough. We must also consider spaced learning, interleaving, feedback and metacognition if we are to have an impact on the retention and transfer of knowledge and skills. Kristian Still looks at why we must use and combine all five approaches


Simplifying our practice: Instructions and expectations

27 October 2021

In a series of five articles, Adam Riches is looking at how we might simplify common classroom practice in order to make teaching and learning more effective. Part two looks at instructions and expectations


Simplifying our practice: Marking and feedback

13 October 2021

In a series of five articles, Adam Riches is looking at how we might simplify common classroom practice in order to make teaching and learning more effective. Part one looks at marking and feedback


Our broken assessment system: How schools are leading change

29 June 2021

A four-year upper secondary phase, a baccalaureate-style award, a stage not age approach – now is the time to rethink our assessment system says Elena Wilson. She sets out her case and considers some examples that schools can build on...


Exam grading: What are the key challenges ahead?

3 May 2021

Several trends are emerging from the concerns that school leaders have about this summer’s exam grading process. Tom Middlehurst looks at the main sticking points and offers advice and reassurance for secondary school leaders and teachers



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...

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