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?

At the time of writing, early in 2016, schools have the freedom to develop their own approaches to assessment. For some, this means simply continuing with the old NC levels, even though they no longer have any currency. Others are waiting to see what best...
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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. Even at the time of writing, December 2015, it still seems to be that many SLTs have every intention of retaining them and their...
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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 be alone...
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Key Stage 3 teacher assessment: the 10 key principles

At the time of writing, December 2015, we are in a state of limbo with assessment. Most history departments are 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...
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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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