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  1. Sleeping in or selecting out? Candidates' absence from GCSE examinations

    Suzanne Chamberlain

    For a multitude of reasons candidates do not always complete all assessments in the examinations they are entered for....

  2. Principles of moderation of internal assessment

    Anthony Daly, Lucy Billington, Suzanne Chamberlain, Lesley Meyer, Neil Stringer, Martin Taylor and Kate Tremain

    Assessing students’ work and awarding a mark requires human judgement. For example, two people assessing the same piece of work may disagree on whether a skill has been demonstrated to a particular level or whether a student’s written answer is clear....

  3. An Item Response Theory approach to the maintenance of standards in public examinations in England

    Christopher Wheadon

    Every year outcomes from public examinations in the UK rise: politicians congratulate pupils on their hard earned achievement; the media questions whether this achievement is real; those responsible for administrating the examinations defend their standards; various subject councils and employers ...

  4. Working memory and the classroom

    30 May 2012

    Students’ working memory can have a huge impact on their educational experiences and achievements, but it’s still under-recognised in the classroom says psychologist Tracy Packiam Alloway.

  5. Reducing ranking, increasing performance

    11 June 2012

    Grades and levels don’t work in the primary classroom – if you really want improvement, a whole new approach is needed says headteacher Alison Peacock, and she has just that. 

  6. What's in a name? Experiments with blind marking in A-level examinations

    Jo-Anne Baird

    A-level results have a substantial impact upon candidates' futures and it is crucial that the results are as fair as possible. Candidates' names appear on examination scripts and some have suggested that this could produce bias in the marking....

  7. Are the days of one-size-fits-all assessments numbered?

    5 October 2012

    Schools might succeed in fostering creativity, innovation and independence in students – but today’s exam system struggles with such individualism, says John Gardner.

  8. Qualification users’ perceptions and experiences of assessment reliability

    Suzanne Chamberlain

    This paper presents the findings of a study designed to explore qualification users’ perceptions and experiences of reliability in the context of national assessment outcomes in England....