Use of Data

A key element of the role of the subject leader is producing and using data. This can sometimes feel daunting. Whether it is getting to grips with data protection, or whether it’s monitoring and assessment data, whole school performance data, or your own or your departments’ performance management data, this section provides articles and guidance to support you.

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  • Low-stakes testing

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    The emphasis on the power of secure substantive knowledge reflected in recent curriculum reforms has prompted considerable interest in strategies to help students retain and deploy such knowledge effectively. One strategy that has been strongly endorsed by some cognitive psychologists is regular testing; an idea that Nick Dennis set out...

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  • Taking control of assessment

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    Ian Luff recognised that in a post-levels world efforts to devise new assessment systems risked replicating old problems or creating new ones. Drawing on his many years’ experience of teaching and school leadership Luff argues that for assessment in history to be truly useful to teachers and pupils it needs...

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  • Building meaningful models of progression

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    Setting us free? Building meaningful models of progression for a ‘post-levels' world Alex Ford was thrilled by the prospect of freedom offered to history departments in England by the abolition of level descriptions within the National Curriculum. After analysing the range of competing purposes that the level  descriptions were previously...

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  • Securing contextual knowledge in year 10

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    Using regular, low-stakes 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...

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  • Data handling security guidance for schools

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    Becta have published a series of good practice guides to help your school to secure sensitive and personal data that you hold on learners, staff and other individuals. The Data Protection Act 1998 requires all organisations to secure any personal data they hold. This covers data held both electronically and on...

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  • Nutshell

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    This edition of 'Nutshell' discusses 'using Performance Management objectives to improve your history teaching'.

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