MCQs turned out to be a much more significant and sophisticated assessment method than I had realised. There is no shortage of research on their uses, particularly in TEFL and for examinations. We are researching and testing various MCQs, and more recently ARQs, as well as question level analysis and how feedback can be used to enhance the teaching processes as promote pupil’s learning. In the first instance we are engaging students with their feedback, in techniques such as "ghost marking," and the feed-forward actions pupils undertake (identifying areas they need to address and constructing learning targets). Second, we are investigating the within question variation and inter-class variations in assessment. Identifying areas for re-teaching, to address misunderstanding or learning blind spots and opportunities for teacher collaboration. Why don’t you join us?
A sunrise start had me arriving in Harrogate for 9am blurry eyed for ASCL’s Principles of Timetabling Day 1. Our hosts Jan Procter (AHT, Oakwood High School) and Roger Woollen (Timetable consultant and former DHT) we welcoming and approaching. In reflection of the day (and evening), they gave many of the delegates one-to-one support, advice and guidance – plus a good dose of .... Read more and bookmark.
Is there collective noun for a group of coincidences? This is a post about four discrete coincidences, the respect for a colleague, a governors meeting, a conference presentation, an interview task, a blog post by John Tomsett, and a tweet from Assistant Headteacher Steve Logan. At The Wellington Academy, my colleague Rob Wood has been working with our staff, “Achievement for .... Read more and bookmark.
Before I share these notes from Suzanne O’Farrell’s presentation, I need to confirm with you that she covered this mountain of inspection knowledge, inference and deduction in a mere hour. The pace was relentless, there was little or no need for questions and be the end of it, I barely cared that the new Handbook was about to be imminently released. Suzanne O’Farrell (ASCL .... Read more and bookmark.
You can mandate adequacy, you can’t mandate greatness, it has to be unleased. – Joel Klein How can we make a sustained and profound impact on/in the schools through our leadership? Sian would suggest the impact we seek must come from within the profession, that ‘we’ need to unleased? Sian challenged the receptiveness of the profession. Arguing that the profession must .... Read more and bookmark.