Category Archives: Key Stage 3

Cultural Education in England

It is always important not to confuse a profusion of platitudes with intelligence. The (Henley) report ‘Cultural Education in England’ repeats many well-meaning and worthy principles and, of course, it is to be welcomed. There are some genuinely valuable insights … Continue reading

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Key Stage 3 Assessment – levels 1 and 2 updated

Last year I worked with QCDA on a programme to develop exemplar materials for assessment in art in KS3 (levels 3-7). The programme was also related to the programme to extend APP (Assessing Pupil Progress) in the core subjects. Basically … Continue reading

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Assessment Papers and Practice

Last year QCDA developed exemplar materials to support the assessment of national curriculum levels in KS3 for all foundation subjects. These materials were published in July 2010. They are really helpful on a variety of levels. They provide a much … Continue reading

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New Assessment Guidance for KS3 Art- APP probably

QCDA has just published the online exemplification of standards materials. These provide much more than just examples of levels. They provide an illustration of good assessment practice and embrace the principles of good assessment which is at the heart of … Continue reading

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On Display

Coming in to work this morning through Aylesbury shopping centre it was good to see a set of large panels from the Cottesloe School. They are from Year 9 students and follow study of Japanese art including Manga. Really impressive … Continue reading

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New Media New Ideas

> I spent a day with artists and KS3 students at Chalfonts Community College recently. This was during their regular off-timetable creativity/enrichment days. A key feature of the event was that these artists were mainly working in new media. There … Continue reading

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The New Secondary Curriculum

>It’s always the way: you don’t see an art adviser for years and then three come along together. It was good to welcome Dr John Steers and John Bowden to Bucks. They are the two national subject leaders for art … Continue reading

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>Revised Key Stage 3

> Revised Key Stage 3 Programme of Study. The proposed new Key Stage 3 programme of study can be seen on the QCA website. An online response form is also available and colleagues will, no doubt wish to respond. It … Continue reading

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Writing in art – why, who for?

>Recently I was involved in a whole school training day about literacy across the curriculum in Key Stages 3 and 4. More explicitly it was about writing. This is sometimes a contentious subject in art and design, especially where teachers’ … Continue reading

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Uses and Abuses of Levels and Levelling

At a meeting recently there was a discussion of the role of the art level descriptions particularly at Key Stage 3. The meeting was attended by experienced art educators (teachers, AST’s and advisers) and there was a some very robust … Continue reading

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