New GCSEs causing confusion in schools. Do employers know what’s heading their way?

  • May 2nd, 2017
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Nearly a year ago, Athona reported the changes for the new 9-1 GCSEs was already underway in some schools, and as this year 11 cohort take their final steps towards their exams, the news has come to the forefront of the media. The then Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced the reforms in 2012, in a […]

Can teachers reduce their marking workload?

  • October 27th, 2016
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In a move to tackle teacher workload, Schools Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, has suggested that teachers spend too much time marking and ‘work should be marked with a single grade.’ Many schools use a ‘deep marking’ or triple marking approach to display a ‘conversation’ between teacher and student. This involves teachers providing individual feedback; a […]

Life after levels – what will future assessment in schools look like?

  • June 3rd, 2016
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In 2013, the government announced the removal of assessment levels in lower school, which means that schools have been given the power to take control and create their own assessment criteria. Teachers have been given the opportunity to use their expertise to inform the assessments of students, which is a positive step towards trusting teachers […]