30
JAN
2014

Removing levels and ATs – KS3 is dead!

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Key Stage 3 is effectively dead and good riddance. One layer of unnecessary complexity less. There are now no end of KS SATs, no detailed ATs and no levels so there really is little point to the label KS3. Breaking secondary education into two discrete chunks was more to do with...
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20
JAN
2014

Assessing practical work

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Competence based assessment Competence based assessment is assessment of competence in any activity. It is at the heart of the reform of the European vocational training system but it is not of necessity limited to vocational activities. The goal of competence based assessment,...
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17
JAN
2014

Progression routes

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TLM designs qualifications with progression particularly in mind. IT qualifications range from Entry level to Level 3 Computing qualifications currently go from Level 1 to Level 3 DEC qualifications go from Level 1 to Level 3 Business management qualifications go from Level 1 to...
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05
JAN
2014

Learning to read

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Crusades It’s interesting how when people are on a crusade they interpret anything in the context of that crusade as a threat to it or support for it. In a recent Twitter exchange I have had a tirade of reading to “enlighten me” on a subject that I already know...
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29
DEC
2013

Solar power calcs

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World energy required per year approximately  150 x 10^15 watt hrs 1.5 x 10^17. (2008 figures) say 2 x 10^17 watt-hrs energy required per year assuming it will have gone up a bit. Maximum possible energy from the sun at the equator is approx. 1000 Watts/m^2 For a year  multiply...
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18
DEC
2013

Knowledge, skills, attitudes and other learning words

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Words are useful in the meaning they convey to the people using them. In different contexts words can mean different things. Take the word power. If I say he is a powerful man, do I mean in terms of physique or in terms of influence and control? In physics the word power has a...
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14
DEC
2013

Measuring progress

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Can we measure learning progress? First to measure something we need to define the quantity we are measuring and strictly speaking the units of measure. Definition: Progress is the rate of change in what is known, understood and applied. So here we hit the first snag. It is...
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18
NOV
2013

Assessment model to provide greater professional autonomy to teachers

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Summmary This assessment model has two components. A practical component in which the candidate must prove basic competence in scientific method and a written exam in which the candidate must demonstrate knowledge and understanding. The practical component is assessed by a...
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12
NOV
2013

Science, pseudo science and education

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The word science gets used in many contexts these days. Science can be seen as a body of knowledge or a process. In fact it is both. I’m saying this early on to avoid the usual polarised debate that says one is important and the other is not. Apart from some attempts to...
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27
OCT
2013

Logic in social and political debate

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As a result of a number of recent twitter exchanges I decided to write something on logic. It seems rather ironic that politicians of all persuasions moan about education and then produce arguments that simply aren’t logical. What does that say about the good old days when...
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