How was it for you? Reflecting on the primary assessment season 2016

It’s almost over. Almost exactly four years after Michael Gove formally announced the abolition of National Curriculum level descriptions, the first use of the new statutory assessment arrangements is nearing completion. Children in Years 2 and 6 have done their statutory tests, external moderation visits to selected schools are in full swing and teacher assessment […]

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The times they are a-changin’ – Bob Digby on the new specifications

Beachy Head, East Sussex

It’s all change in the geography curriculum! Both GCSE and A Level specifications are changing in September 2016, with first examinations in summer 2018. The last examinations for the existing qualifications will take place in summer 2017. Any teachers teaching a three-year GCSE will already have started teaching the new courses! Change at GCSE The […]

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How do you assess “thinking like a geographer”? – Part 2

Memory in the internet age Having worked with David Thomas, former US Memory Champion , memory is something which excites me and I firmly believe it plays an enormous part in the successful preparation of students for examinations. His tremendous passion for memory enabled him to recite Pi to 22,500 digits and he later gained 4th place in the World Memory […]

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How do you assess “thinking like a geographer”? – Part 1

Geographical issues are wide-ranging, important, complex, and they present themselves on a range of scales. As teachers, we happily spend weeks developing students’ knowledge and understanding of case studies that represent these issues. I want to question how this material is being assessed and why examination boards assess specific aspects of geographical issues. I am […]

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