No 15. A Controlled Assessment day can really help you

Controlled assessment

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If you are a Head of Department one of the hardest things you have to administer is the controlled assessment. If you can persuade your academic deputy head to allow a controlled assessment day then this can really work to your advantage. My experience in the sciences is that a whole controlled assessment can be completed in one day – 25% done! This includes the low, medium and high control elements. The advantages of this day as I see it are as follows.  

1. Pupils have continuity from one part of the controlled assessment to the next. They don’t forgot what they have done yesterday.
2. In science there is more demands on the technician team but it’s for a shorter more concentrated period. All equipment can be prepared together
and not spread over several days.
3. The pupils generally do better as they have no opportunity but to give the assessment their undivided attention.
4. If you are organised then you can mark some of the earlier parts as the students complete the later parts.
5. The pupils really enjoy the day. They feel relaxed doing it, can form good bonds with their peers and teaching staff. Bring some biscuits in and have a controlled assessment party! Invite the moderator.
So make sure you represent yourself at your next curriculum planning meeting and put your arguments forward.
A week or more of disjointed lessons can be replaced by one highly structured productive day.

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