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Articles from No. 11, Summer

After SATs-What Next?
If you are anything like me, the long overdue death in England of national testing (aka SATs) at Key Stage 3 would have heralded a period of intense celebration, only marginally tempered by the somewhat curious decision of certain schools to persist...
Any English Questions? A Series in Which Classroom Invites Questions for Different Guest Respondents Each Term
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1 Will schools ever be free to use assessment effectively whilst external inspection demands detailed data with regard to pupil progress? Schools can certainly use formative assessment most effectively...
APP in KS3 English-Enemy or Ally? Yet More Paperwork
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For those of you that have been teaching for 'an age' and have witnessed a plethora of assessment ammunition gain ground only to retreat later, you probably weren't intimidated by the new way of Assessing Pupil Progress when...
Assessing Recreative Writing
The reintroduction of the option for students to produce a creative response to literary texts through coursework at A Level is one of the welcome features of the new specifications. It allows students more choice in their coursework responses and...
Assessment: Analytical Teaching Tool or Creative Stumbling Block?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Late last year I spent some time with a Year 6 class. It was a fantastic experience: a real eye opener that confirmed my desire to work in Key Stage 1! One particular day sticks in my memory. It was a couple of weeks before...
Assessment at the Crossroads
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] No one doubts the value of assessment in education, but SATs, league tables, targets and a focus on data during inspection has lead schools and teachers to treat the whole area with suspicion and indeed cynicism. We seem to...
Assessment for Learning? Some Deliberations on Our Own Learning Journeys Whilst Writing Materials for the ITE English Website
If you have not come across the Initial Teacher Education site for English teachers, www.ite.org.uk, we'd recommend a browse during your coffee break. The website is aimed at anyone involved in the training of teachers of English--which does not exclusively...
Assessment in Scotland
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the latest canon rumblings from the SATs wars drift across the border and through the volcanic ash, it may bemuse some colleagues to discover that here too, in a relatively benign assessment environment, teachers of English...
Assessment in the Classroom. (Primary and Secondary)
Assessment is a hot topic at the moment and with the introduction of APP in speaking and listening joining what is already in place for reading and writing, everyone seems to be talking about it. What should assessment look like in the classroom, though?...
Behind the Scenes at OCR: Paul Dodd Takes a Look at What Goes on before and after the Exams Themselves
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It concerns me when exams are targeted by various factions for falling standards. Not only is it unfair to the pupils who have worked so hard to achieve their grades, but it also takes no account...
Beyond the Crossroads (Part One)
English at the crossroads Readers of this magazine may be aware that Ofsted published its latest report on English in schools last year. English at the crossroads1 reviewed evidence from over two hundred primary and secondary subject inspections...
Classroom Quiz Page: Summer Quiz 2010
Random House novels prize! The price this time is a class set of books chosen from this selection of recently published titles from Random House Children's Books. The winner could choose 30 copies of a single title or have a selection for group...
Clear-Sited
Love teaching, hate assessment? It is a taboo of education, a teacher who admits that assessment is low on their own work schedule. The reality is that this should be 'Love teaching, hate marking.' And that reality has a lot to do with hating the...
Developing Thinking
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I have always worked on the precept that in order to do a child needs to know how. To assume knowledge is a mistake so it was a great opportunity to be given the chance to further develop my own classroom...
Fluency Tutor WWW.Texthelp.Com
Fluency Tutor www.texthelp.com 1 year subscription 500 [pounds sterling]; 2 years 800[pounds sterling]; 3 years 1050 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Fluency Tutor is an exciting new product for KS1 and KS2, designed to accurately...
Is Reading an Unpopular Pastime for Young People?
According to recent National Literacy Trust findings from a major study of 17,089 pupils from 112 schools, only half (50.6%) of young people enjoy reading very much or quite a lot. This finding comes in a new report, Literacy: State of the Nation which...
Mimic Books
Mimic Books www.mimicbooks.com 2010 Average big book 20.00 [pounds sterling] (Packages available) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mimic Books are online resources of digital children's books which are ready to read digitally on Interactive Whiteboards....
Multimodality and Assessment: Do You Dare Enter? Part Story, Part Game, a Text Designed to Be Different
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Children today are immersed in popular culture and media texts. Crucially this also means that they are engaged in many different worlds as they move with apparent ease in and out of fantasy, virtual, 'real-life' and the imagined;...
NATE Conference 2010: 'Making Meanings: English at the Heart of Learning'
9-11th July 2010 www.nate.org.uk Exhibitors A & C Black AQA The British Library CGP Books Classical comics CND Peace Education Collins Crick software Cross Reference project CUP Department for Education ...
NATE's Annual, National Conference: Memories of Fun, Folk and Wonderful Workshops
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My memories of NATE Conference go back a long way! Many of our younger members won't remember...
On the Hoof Assessment
Schools have got better and better at collecting and collating performance data. Ask them about any child and they will tell you what level they were, are and should be on. If learning is a butterfly then schools are very good at pinning it down and...
Shakespeare and GCSE Assessment
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As English departments up and down the land gear up for the new GCSE specifications, there may be a tendency to go for a complete revamp of Schemes of Learning, lesson plans and assessment procedures. It is true that the new...
Teachit Staffroom Roundup
Reviewing, analysing and commenting comes naturally to Teachit Staffroom users, especially when it comes to GCSE specifications. But postings in recent weeks have had a rather international flavour as discussion has turned to the possibilities offered...
Theme for This Issue: Assessment
This is the subject which always fills the room with that strange mixture of dread and boredom--the same reaction that many of us had as schoolchildren I suspect! Marking students' work is always the task waiting for the spare moment that never comes;...
The News: Teaching the Popular Press
The News: teaching the popular press Devon Learning & Development Partnership 2009 ISBN 978 04154 35024 14.99 [pounds sterling] (Available from NATE catalogue) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The News: teaching the popular press couldn't...
'The Road Less Travelled': Out with the New, in with the Old? Thomas Hardy in the News
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Perhaps it is inevitable in the early years of a new millennium that polite public discourse is filled with talk of epochs and ages, and accounts of late twentieth century decades that history has caught up with. In the world...
The RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers
The RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers An active approach to bringing Shakespeare's plays alive in the classroom Methuen Drama, 2010, ISBN 9781408114285 Softback 50 [pounds sterling](Available from NATE catalogue) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Using Technology to Make Assessment Effective
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When I say there is a great opportunity to make use of technology in developing assessment I...
What Does APP Spell?
In May 2009 the LATE conference on assessment, entitled 'What does APP spell?, took a critical look at developing practices in the assessment of pupil progress (APP)--within the current English system--and their implications for teachers of English....