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A sporting chance

Scientists at the University of Oxford are investigating the link between sporting activity in young people and the development of osteoarthritis. In very active people, bony lesions can form on the hip joint which increases their risk of developing the condition.

In this activity students consider this risk...

Students' Guide to Controlled Assessment

The guide to controlled assessment covers the following areas: - What is controlled assessment in GCSE Astronomy? - Guidance for designing observations - Guidance for making observations - Guidance for analysing observations - Guidance for evaluating your project - Presenting your final report - Useful dos and dont...

Good Assessment Practice in Science

This report from Ofsted describes how assessment in science is most effective where it is used as a teaching tool as well as a means of judging attainment. Similarly the assessment of practical coursework is not just a means of assigning students to levels but of giving them the information they need to improve...

Planning, Teaching and Assessing the Curriculum for Pupils with Learning Difficulties - Science

Produced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in 2009, this guidance supports the planning, development and implementation of the curriculum for pupils with learning difficulties. It draws on effective practice across a range of schools and can be used in mainstream and special primary and secondary...

Standards Over Time in the Sciences - GCSE and A levels 1995 - 2007

This resource is a compilation of reports by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and Ofqual reviewing standards over time in science subjects at GCSE and A levels.

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Annually the publication of GCSE and A level examination results prompts public interest...

Key Stage Three Science Tests 2007

This resource from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) contains the documents for the Statutory Assessment Tests for Key Stage Three (ages 11-14) science for the year 2007, and their associated mark schemes.

Students in England took national tests at the end of Key Stage Three up to 2009. The...

GCSE criteria for Science 2011

This set of subject criteria were produced by the Ofqual, the Welsh Assembly and CEA (Northern Ireland) for Awarding Bodies to produce subject specifications for use in 2011 GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science, GCSE Additional Applied Science, GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, and GCSE Physics. GCSE specifications...

International Comparisons of Compulsory Assessment Systems 2007

Produced in 2007, this is an an International Review of Curriculum and Assessment (INCA) thematic probe to compare compulsory assessment systems which the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) asked National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to undertake. It gathered information via the 20 INCA...

Review of Teacher Assessment: Evidence of what works best 2009

Commissioned by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, this Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment review of teacher assessment in 2009 looked at teacher assessment in practice in a number of countries to see what works best and to consider the implications for Assessing Pupils’ Progress (APP...

Technical and methodological statement for Key Stage Two Science sampling 2010

Produced by the Department for Children Schools and Families and the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, this 2010 document lays out the size, nature and procedures around the sample of Key Stage Two science tests that was implemented after testing of all students was discontinued in 2009.

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