Despite a lot of talk about APP in Foundation subjects, it appears that no resources or official guidance has yet be published for the Foundation subjects such as Geography and History. Along with other Foundation subject colleagues in Wiltshire, I took part in the QCA trial last year, using the draft documentation and materials.
After the attending the training session and using the materials on a small group of students, I was pleased to find the materials were easy to use and the task straightforward. More importantly, I could see the point of it and how it would help provide useful information and guidance for students, parents and teachers. However, we were told that this was only a draft and that the trials would inform any changes that may be made before being rolled out officially.
As I said, that was over a year ago and I have heard nothing since submitting my evaluation. The QDCA website still states that materials for KS3 Foundation subjects will be published in 2009-10. However, as yet, there is no other information on their website.
As soon as I find out any more information, I will be sure to post it here. However, in the meantime, I have added some links below to useful websites which will tell you a little more about APP and it’s purpose
What is APP? – QDCA National Curriculum website
APP guidance – National Strategies website
Getting to grips with APP – Downloadable pamphlet
APP Case studies – Secondary Magazine
What can we learn from the experiences of the Core subjects?
The English department at Downlands Community School in Hassocks has been applying the new QCA Assessing Pupils’ Progress for three years. See it in action in a Year 9 English lesson, focusing on a specific Assessment Focus to target students’ learning needs around writing. Head of English, Paul Barber, who introduced APP to his school, also discusses the challenges and successes they have had using this approach.