Securing contextual knowledge in year 10

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Lee Donaghy, last updated: 16th December 2014

Using regular, lowstakes tests to secure pupils' contextual knowledge in Year 10

Lee Donaghy was concerned that his GCSE students' weak contextual knowledge was letting them down. Inspired by a mixture of cognitive science and the arguments of other teachers expressed in various blogs, he decided to tackle the problem by teaching and testing knowledge more intensively. The result was a rapid improvement in secure factual knowledge in tests, and a clear manifestation of the benefits in students' ability to call up and deploy that knowledge in extended written answers...

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