We have just finished completing our controlled assessment in geography to mixed reviews. Have other schools felt the same?
As a department we have a very successful record of doing well across all types of learners and is something as teachers we are proud of. Like any job/role this has taking a lot of time and effort to put in place. But I recently felt from completing the controlled assessment that it is stretching the higher ability students and maybe not so helpful or beneficial for the less able students. Whereas before you could push and motivate a C/D student to gain a C, now with the examination high level control they get a D. The higher ability students though have really enjoyed the expereince. With a busy stressful year, many of our Year 11 students have not enjoyed their experience due to the following factors:
- Students are less than enthused with more exams
- Increase in pressure/stress on Year 11
- Teacher/Student free time is lost when time is lost due to trips/absences
- They have to complete certain sections in exam conditions
- Completion of the CAT is across several weeks when other committments happen
- They can’t complete the work in the time periods set
I would like to hear other schools’ experiences of the controlled assessment. Is it working in your centre? I am sure with time the experience will be more positive, but it does not feel like the experience we were first told about.