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The Impact of the National Numeracy Strategy:
It should be noted that the National Numeracy Strategy places a large emphasis on mental and
oral skills, and on ‘informal jottings’ as a method of recording strategies.
This will have two impacts on the written work in pupils’ exercise books.
a) There is likely to be less written work than in previous years, and the mental and oral starter
and the plenary sessions are often verbal, and therefore have no written outcomes. Together
they are expected to take up about 20-25 minutes of each lesson.
b) Pupils’ use of informal jottings will mean that work may not have the same appearance as
people are used to.
This does not mean that we are prepared to accept untidy, badly presented work, but there
may be less formal algorithms than in previous years.
Assessing Written Work:
Pupils produce a variety of different written outcomes to their learning:
Some classwork will be marked by the class teacher during the lesson as he/she informally
checks understanding and learning.
It is expected however, that pupils will self-mark a proportion of their classwork.
Where this has taken place, it is anticipated that a teacher will initial the work
It is unlikely that much of this work will have a formally recorded mark or comment, as
feedback will be of an instant, verbal nature.
Pupils will be expected to correct mistakes as errors occur, and to ask for help as and when
In some instances, a more formal exercise will be set and marked.
Homework will be set and marked by the class teacher.
Marks will be recorded in the teachers’ mark book
The emphasis when marking investigations is on assessment for learning.
This means that a lot of verbal, informal feedback will have been given whilst the work is in
The written feedback will be of a discursive nature, with comments aimed at improving pupils’
Pupils will be given a National Curriculum level in KS3.
At KS4, GCSE coursework will be marked in three strands, as indicated by the exam board
mark schemes for each piece of coursework.
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4. Written assessment tests
Pupils will take an end of unit test for each unit of work completed.
For KS3, questions will be selected from the KS3 ‘Test Base’ Cd-Rom
For KS4, questions will be selected from previous GCSE questions at the appropriate level.
Outcomes will be recorded as percentages to aid comparisons to be made, and targets set for
pupils to improve their performance.
5. Mental Arithmetic tests
Mental arithmetic tests will frequently be marked out of 20.
Assessing Oral Work:
Of necessity, there will be informal assessment of mental and oral work.
Teachers will be making increasing use of informal assessment of oral work.
This has three benefits. It allows staff to:
a) instantly check the levels of pupils understanding,
b) correct misconceptions as soon as they arise, and
c) allow better planning of future work.
If the lesson has been sufficiently adapted to suit the pupils’ needs, then the majority of the class
will achieve success. Teachers then record:
a) the names of pupils who have done exceptionally well (so that extension work may be
available to them next lesson) and
b) pupils who have had problems with the work (so that access work may be available to them,
or LSAs can be asked to target their time towards these pupils)
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