Teach Computing KS3 syllabus assessments

Last month I ran a survey in which I asked “Which Scheme of Work do you currently use for KS3?” This was the spread of responses:

Teach Computing and Oak National Academy (which uses the same syllabus) together accounted for 29% of the total. In addition, I get from informal conversations that Continue reading “Teach Computing KS3 syllabus assessments”

The great game: dodging blame for the 2020 A-level results train wreck

The A-level results came out on August 13th. In the absence of exams, they were estimated from several data sources using a fairly intelligent algorithm. Results were well up on last year, yet there were such howls of anguish that the government was forced into a humiliating policy U-turn four days later. What on earth went wrong?

In retrospect, we can see the algorithmic approach was doomed from the start. Let’s walk through this, taking a Continue reading “The great game: dodging blame for the 2020 A-level results train wreck”

Structured Peer Assessment reviewed by Ali Gray

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This guest post is by Ali Gray, Head of Geography, West Hill Park School, Hampshire.

I tried out SPA with a Year 8 geography class recently. I gave them 20 mins of guided research on a topic and then they started the SPA. I have never seen them work so hard/ fast for 15 mins while they wrote up their answers!

It is intense (for the pupils), but very effective learning.

They enjoyed assessing each other’s work and they Continue reading “Structured Peer Assessment reviewed by Ali Gray”

Structured Peer Assessment: what is it and how do you do it?

Consider a class that has studied a particular topic. Different students know different amounts about the topic. Some understand one aspect well, others another. Some probably haven’t ‘got it’ at all. You could say that understanding of your topic within the class is lumpy.

How can you efficiently share that knowledge and understanding so that every member of the class is informed, and has a good chance of retaining their deepened understanding in the future? And how do you Continue reading “Structured Peer Assessment: what is it and how do you do it?”

Structured Peer Assessment reviewed by Adam Williams

This guest post is by Adam Williams, Teacher of IT and Computer Science, City of Norwich School an Ormiston Academy. I have trialled Structured Peer Assessment exercises over the last few weeks with my classes. When I first saw it pop up as a new way of getting structured written work out of students I […]