Examinations & Qualifications



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: 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 ...




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


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...


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...


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