Controlled Assessment in Geography at GCSE

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Controlled Assessment in Geography at GCSE

  1. 1. Welcome Swindon & Wiltshire Geography Conference 2009
  2. 2. Programme <ul><li>09.15 Welcome and introductions </li></ul><ul><li>09.25 The new KS3 curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>10.45 Coffee </li></ul><ul><li>11.05 The new KS3 curriculum – </li></ul><ul><li>sharing good practice </li></ul><ul><li>11.45 Developments in the GCSE curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>12.30 APP </li></ul><ul><li>13.00 Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>14.00 Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>15.00 Updates </li></ul><ul><li>15.15 Plenary </li></ul>
  3. 3. Geography at KS4 <ul><li>Discuss choices at GCSE to share intelligence and issues </li></ul><ul><li>Share understanding of controlled conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about diplomas </li></ul>
  4. 4. Controlled Assessment Controlled Conditions
  5. 5. Coursework - issues <ul><li>Plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>Too much scaffolding </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult for examiners to identify and differentiate what the students had done </li></ul><ul><li>Parental help – 1/20 said they had done coursework! </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of a computer at home can means that students are disadvantaged </li></ul><ul><li>Custom made essays </li></ul>
  6. 6. Controlled Assessment <ul><li>New QCA rules </li></ul><ul><li>High, medium, low levels of control </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback operates under tight guidelines specified by the exam board e.g. no re-drafting </li></ul><ul><li>Students get limited time in which to complete the work </li></ul><ul><li>Students work individually </li></ul><ul><li>Access to resources limited to those specified by the board </li></ul><ul><li>Work kept in secure storage in school </li></ul><ul><li>ICT systems need to develop robust systems to ensure security </li></ul>
  7. 7. Controlled conditions – a whole school issue <ul><li>Do you have secure storage for ALL coursework? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you assure robust systems to provide secure storage of work done on computers? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there adequate facilities for students to access ICT? </li></ul><ul><li>How flexible is your timetable in ‘the crunch times’? </li></ul><ul><li>What do subjects require to enable students to succeed? </li></ul><ul><li>Skills required – are your students able to work TRULY independently? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an ethos of working silently in the classroom on coursework tasks? </li></ul><ul><li>What sorts of feedback are you able to give? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you clear about the implications for your subject? </li></ul><ul><li>What plans do you have to enable absent students to catch up? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you plan to offer a modular course? What are the implications? </li></ul>

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