Year 11 are almost gone.

It’s a fine line at this time of year between frankly being pleased to see the back of them and wishing you had another month to continue working to improve their chances. I don’t think it would matter when their last day of school was – about a week before they would start to get restless and try it on.

Yesterday, my GCSE class got the results of a timed exam. Ten out of my twenty students got at least one grade below their Target Grade. I had to listen to the familiar groans of, ‘That was a SILLY mistake’, ‘I KNOW how to do that…’

For weeks I’ve been trying to convince them that they have the information within them, but it’s all about revision and exam technique, linking knowledge to application under pressure.

This has got me thinking about Assessment for Learning (AfL), which I’ll explore in my next post.

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