Assessment without levels – prologue

My school has produced a first draft proposal for a new assessment framework relating to the new GCSE grades, and looking to move to a system without levels.

The gist of it is: a student comes into school, and based on their prior attainment they’re set a ‘projected grade’. This is the minimum expected GCSE grade (e.g. grade 5).

Teachers will use this to set a professional target.

In each year, the same grading system will be used, so a student should in theory progress from grade 5 in Year 7 to grade 5 in Year 11, with each subject setting the standards against which these judgements will be made.

As I spent some time on my response to this first draft proposal, I thought it would be worth sharing more widely. Below is my response. I’d be interested to know what you think.

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Consultations on new science GCSEs

[I will update this blog post as I spend more time studying the documents, gathering colleagues’ views and drafting a response.]

1. DfE consultation on the content of the new GCSEs

Here are the proposed subject content and assessment objectives for sciences

Here is the main consultation document

And here is the response form, or you can respond online (registration required)

Here is the main page on about this consultation

This consultation closes on 20th August 2013

2. Ofqual consultation on GCSE reform

Here is the consultation document in pdf format

Here is Ofqual’s page about this consultation – there are a number of reports related to the consultation (on GCSE reform, gradingtiering and controlled assessment). You can respond by emailing an amended Word document of the consultation document to, or respond online here.

This consultation closes on 3rd September 2013