Assessment and Progression

Progression in history – looking at specific strands

In this highly-rated post , with really important attachments,we show how it is even more important , in this post-levels world of 2016, to get a really strong grasp of progression in all the  main concepts. In the general section on progression, the point was...
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Assessment for learning in history at Key Stage 3

I have tried to be careful here not to reproduce the mass of material that has been provided by the DCSF as part of the National Strategy and the excellent work of Black and Wiliam in their various publications on the Black Box theme. So...
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APP in history at KS3: where are we now?

This page has been left on the site even though the debate has moved on. Please treat it as being of historic interest and a summary of earlier debates. There is still some useful advice there, in lieu of anything better arriving from the DfE. Schools...
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Progression in history at Key Stage 3

Most of you will have a fairly clear idea of what it means to 'get better' at history, and will have adjusted your schemes of work to ensure that the learning objectives show clear signs of increasing challenge. Indeed, many departments have now developed their...
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Pupil Target setting in history at Key Stage 3

I still find this aspect of assessment troublesome. The curricular targets present few problems: the numerical ones certainly do.  I am happy that I know what I want to say to pupils and have a good understanding of what pupil progress looks like.  All is...
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Judging pupils’ history work at KS 3

Yes, it IS true. No more levels. Honest. What a weight off our minds. But be careful what you wish for. It still seems to be that many SLTs have every intention of retaining them and their ridiculous accompanying sub-levels. We all know why and...
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Assessment tasks in Key Stage 3 history

The answer to key Stage 3 assessment in history

This title is obviously tongue-in-cheek. Schools and departments must find their own preferred approach. So what I offer below is not a panacea, but rather an attempt to put something PRACTICAL out there. I cannot...

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Key Stage 3 teacher assessment: the 10 key principles

Most history departments were delighted to see the back of the crude and spurious NC levels. Instead of making as use these blunt instruments which have been misapplied to individual pieces of work and sub-levelled assignments, we now have to come up with their our...
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History and citizenship at Key Stage 3

So you have dutifully filled in all the boxes. You've done the audit. You have seen off the Citizenship coordinator who would like to collect some evidence of pupils' cross-curricular learning.  But as Christine Counsell says, 'cross referencing an extra column in a scheme of...
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