Assessment and progression

Progression in history at KS4 – general

Little has been written about progression in history at Key Stage 4, almost as if following the GCSE specification would take care of it. As many of you will know, whilst examination groups set out the content in helpful key questions and bullet points, they...
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Progression in history at KS 4 – skill specific

It is interesting to note that most of the recent focus on progression has been placed firmly on Key Stage 3.  Some of us might say that this is because progression from Key Stage 3 to 4 is not always as obvious as it should...
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Assessment for learning at KS4

This section focuses mainly on peer assessment as I firmly believe that this is the best way forward at KS4.  Not only are the students usually more mature, they have also had the experience of peer assessment at KS3, thanks not least to the National...
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Judging students’ work at KS4

Most teachers, except possibly some  newly-qualified ones, will be familiar with marking KS4 answers.  It is far less tricky than it used to be, given the publication of GCSE mark schemes and textbooks written by Chief Examiners which feature annotated examples of students' answer.  We...
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Assessment tasks in Key Stage 4 history

Now that all the exam boards make past papers available on-line, and that textbooks written by Chief Examiners all now feature typical questions and answers, we are not short of past questions to use throughout the GCSE course. The skill lies in planning their inclusion...
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Principles of assessment in history at KS4

The key issues to be aware of at Key Stage 4 relate mainly to the way students are involved in marking their own work. No longer a secret garden of knowledge held by the examiner alone and begrudgingly shared with teachers, the assessment criteria...
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