Category Archives: Assessment

Guidance and writing about assessment in art and design in all key stages and in external examinations.

Accountability games

Assessment and data is confusing everyone, often because it is based on a lazy and silly use of data to predict and ratchet up grades. It is curious how it keeps coming back and it is the same question. Art … Continue reading

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Academies, Art Express and Abebooks

The government is set to announce the academization of every school. This means the national curriculum, certainly for all but English and Maths, is no longer compulsory. It also means, perhaps more significantly for teachers, that national conditions of service … Continue reading

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Teacher assessment is less fair – discuss

Daisy Christodoulou’s blog is always interesting, and often infuriating – well she is young, right wing, a teacher and popular educational expert. But she goes for the jugular, attacks our treasured myths and bases her arguments on research not dogma. … Continue reading

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Tim Oates on the curriculum and assessment

Tim Oates talks with quiet authority about how the new national curriculum came to be and how ideas about assessment have changed. He explains how the honourable intentions of the TGAT report (Professor Black) became corrupted. However, it is clear … Continue reading

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From the horses mouth.

The recently published report of the Commission on Assessment Without Levels is interesting and probably important for our subject. Some of it consists of statements of the blindingly obvious. But in view of the fact that many schools are blindly … Continue reading

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Sketchbooks: a view from art school

Art Foundation Diploma tutors at Loughborough University have produced a really interesting report describing the way they encourage students to use sketchbooks. It is also a critique of the way that they feel sketchbooks are used in schools. Their expectations … Continue reading

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Giving ourselves permission

It was good to attend what became the inaugural meeting of a new art teachers network group based in Bucks (BATN I think). The best point of the evening was made by Marc who said that an important feature of … Continue reading

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The testing industries

Sir Ken Robinson – The Education Economy from Graham Brown-Martin on Vimeo. Its good to be reminded that much of what we take for granted is driven by external vested interests and this can distort the discussion.

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OK so ‘he’ has gone, but you still may need a policy.

This is just to note that I have been working with Art Express publishers this year to develop a (copyright free) draft policy that enables users of Art Express to simply and easily incorporate the whole Art Express programme into … Continue reading

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Fat Free Assessment

We finished an Assessment and Planning Framework for NSEAD last month. Actually there were two, one for primary and one for secondary. The primary one can be downloaded here Art Craft and Design Assessment and Planning KS 1&2 or from the NSEAD … Continue reading

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