GCSE Controlled Assessments in practice

For examples of how schools piloted controlled assessments in a range of subjects, setting tasks that followed awarding body guidelines, fitted the school’s circumstances and covered the GCSE assessment objectives, visit the dedicated webpage on the QCDA website here.

You can access examples in both GCSE History and GCSE Geography through this page.
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Controlled Assessment in GCSE History

The controlled assessment element will be introduced in GCSEs from September 2009. Controlled assessment is intended to address issues relating to task setting, taking and marking that have been raised in reviews of coursework. Awarding bodies can provide further details about controlled assessment requirements for specific GCSEs.

Controlled assessments have been piloted in a range of subjects, setting tasks that followed awarding body guidelines, fitted the school’s circumstances and covered the GCSE assessment objectives. Egglescliffe School in Stockton-on-Tees is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive school. It has conducted a Controlled Assessment in GCSE History

An outline of the tasks set and the way in which the proccess was administered can be studied by clicking on the following link: http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_15735.aspx

In addition, full details of the regulations regarding the administering of the new assessments can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_15735.aspx

Controlled Assessment in GCSE Geography

The QCA website provides an example of how GCSE Controlled Assessments will work in Geography.

A summary of the assessment completed at All Saints Catholic Humanities College in Huddersfield, along with a detailed outline of what students did and how it was assessed can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_15733.aspx

In addition, full details of the regulations regarding the administering of the new assessments can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/files/qca-07-3208_controlledassessmentfinal3.pdf

GCSE Controlled Assessments

Mike Baker talks to Ofqual’s Head of 14-19 Regulation, Tina Isaacs, about the introduction of new GCSEs, with particular reference to controlled assessment replacing coursework.

Isaacs advises how much help a teacher can give to a pupil under assessment conditions.
Science teachers who have been teaching the new science syllabus for the past couple of years give their views on the new format, whilst Headteachers voice their worries about the upheaval surrounding the introduction of new GCSEs in Autumn 2009.

Finally there is a look at how the new modular approach to many GCSEs will work, including how often modules can be sat and what proportion can be taken before the end of the course.

Watch now by clicking the link: http://www.teachers.tv/video/32622