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APP and AFs- are they on the way out?

Discussion in 'English' started by Jules75, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Hi

    I've heard many rumours that suggest that APP and the AFs are on the way out. However, I've been spekaing to our LA and they aren't sure and won;t commit until the review of the secondary curriculum is published.
    My target for next year was to embed using APP and the AFs further into our Schemes of Work .
    Can anyone advise whether they think there's any point at the moment? Does anyone have any other information about it? If this is the case, have you gone back to awarding 'holistic' NC levels? What is everyone else doing about this?

    Any info woudl be great.

    Thanks

    Juliette
     
  2. Hi

    I've heard many rumours that suggest that APP and the AFs are on the way out. However, I've been spekaing to our LA and they aren't sure and won;t commit until the review of the secondary curriculum is published.
    My target for next year was to embed using APP and the AFs further into our Schemes of Work .
    Can anyone advise whether they think there's any point at the moment? Does anyone have any other information about it? If this is the case, have you gone back to awarding 'holistic' NC levels? What is everyone else doing about this?

    Any info woudl be great.

    Thanks

    Juliette
     
  3. Hello there,
    I have also heard these rumours but hope it is not the case as I have been honing the APP system and am just about to lauch the electronic recording system which has been an uphill struggle in our technophobic department!

     
  4. sweetie1

    sweetie1 New commenter

    We're using the AFs and mainly using APP, although many teachers are reluctant to do so. It can be a bit time consuming, unless you use it regularly.
    Looking at the new Assessment Objectives for GCSE, they link directly to the AFs and also to the AOs for A Level. Hopefully, after all our hard work with the AFs, this means they will stay.
     
  5. Thanks both of you for your comments.

    I feel the same- I've slogged it this past couple of years and will be a bit disappointed if we ditch them now. I hadn't thought of how the AFs link to the AOs, Sweetie, that's a really good point. I don;t suppose you know where I can get the progression grids that illustrate the links, do you at all?

    Anyone else got any ideas on this?


     
  6. englishtt06

    englishtt06 Occasional commenter

    In my last school, split classes and non-subject specialists teaching KS3 English made APP difficult to apply (in terms of evidence gathering and grid highlighting). In my present school, high-turnover of pupils makes it very difficult. A colleague in my last school summed it up by asking very succintly 'why is assessment at KS3 more complex and time-consuming than KS4?' The way we use it now in my school is manageable - we use them as marking grids to hand when levelling assessments and to map the AFs across the KS3 curriculum. The books/assessments stand as evidence - no highlighting, no grids, no folder per pupil. Pretty much what we did before without SATs as the terminal assessment. Easy!
    There was this very recent declaration from the Dept. of Ed which might help (or might not! Maybe you'll need to use Reading AF3 Infer and Deduce: http://www.education.gov.uk/b0075738/reducing-bureaucracy/progress
    Although the link perhaps says it all 'reducing-bureaucracy'. Ha!
     
  7. I'm really interested in how your electronic system went/ is going? I appreciate this post is from 2011 but I'm still plugging away with APP and tracking progress in the AFs for R,W S&L and I am desperate for a new system. We currently have a departmental database where everybody inputs their class data after each round of assessment each half term for Y7-9. We are finding it exhausting. Any suggestions?
     
  8. y9840125

    y9840125 Occasional commenter

    I use the AFs and don't ever see them going out - when will it not be relevant to use punctuation and write using a variety of sentence structures?
     
  9. gruoch

    gruoch New commenter

    APPs are long gone. They're hidden in the archive of the DoE web site. I use them occasionally if I want to do a quick assessment. Don't use AFs, either. I'm not sure how they'll work when levels go.
     
  10. CandysDog

    CandysDog Occasional commenter

    APP only came about around five years ago and was never statutory. The closest the AFs ever got to being statutory was that they were also included in the SATs (where they were not used for anything like the same extent as APP).

    Therefore, it was up to individuals schools or departments whether APP was used or not. Unlike the also non-statutory Literacy Strategy, it was never really pushed on schools from above (though many LAs did). Ofsted often approved of APP, but didn't seem to mind schools not using it.

    APP was part of the National Strategies. These were wound down towards the end of the Labour administration, removing the final spur behind using it. The Tory Education Department has done nothing to reverse this, with their archiving of the old Standards Site (where the APP materials were stored) and disbanding of the QCDA (which was ultimately responsible for APP) accelerating the decline. The schools white paper in 2010 explicitly stated that no particular form of assessment is to be pushed towards schools ? the current position of the Government towards APP is ambivalent, verging towards negative.

    As Grouch says, the removal of levels (which ARE statutory) in 2016(ish) will be the death knell for APP.
     

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