Category Archives: Key Stage 4

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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Profoundly wrong

To leave art and design (the arts) out of the e-bac is profoundly wrong. It is a long standing truism that if you want to know what is valued in education, look at what is assessed. It is facile to … Continue reading

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Scaffolding peer assessment

I spent a day in an art department last week (a departmental review) which was really interesting and it was good to spend time with committed teachers. It was intriguing to note, and reflect on, the (school policy) opportunities for … Continue reading

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When in doubt, reform the examination system.

‘Mr Speaker – after years of drift, decline and dumbing down, at last we are reforming our examination system to compete with the world’s best.’ With these words Mr Gove introduces his radical reforms of our examination system. To be … Continue reading

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Assessment Paper for iPads

I have just finished my first iBook. Well, its more of an iPaper really, because it is a rewriting of an earlier paper on assessment and target setting. It started as an exercise to try out iBook Author but became … Continue reading

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Making a Mark: with luck.

I am just reading Making a Mark (HMI March 2012) which is the latest report about art education in England by my old friend and colleague Ian (otherwise known as HMI). Click hereĀ for a copy. It is so overwhelmingly sensible … Continue reading

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GCSE at SHF

>It was good to see this highly crafted, strong, observational drawing permeating all work in this GCSE exhibition. Some things are just timeless. The department will once again be encouraging students to enter their work onto online exhibitions like the … Continue reading

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THE Game

>Just spent an evening with colleagues and students on the last session of the online games course. I was really impressed with so much of this. It is a curious experience because it is, on the one hand, very matter … Continue reading

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Something significant happening here

> Just need to put down a marker here about the work being done at Chalfonts Community College. I have written of this before but the new website seems to me to be something special. It represents four, or five, … Continue reading

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Testing the ‘C’ boundary

> In a daily routine of emails and meetings it was a pleasure to join art teachers and just talk about teaching art and students: like the yr 10 student whose sole expectations from life were “make up, a baby … Continue reading

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