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Coursework Marking

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by annettedrake, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. annettedrake

    annettedrake New commenter

    Hi everyone -

    I am an English teacher currently delivering Edexcel IGCSE Language and Literature. There is some debate in my department about the exact rules on how much marking can go on draft coursework, whether your're allowed to offer a notional grade (with the caveat that boundaries change and it cannot be exact) and must it be only one draft that you can offer feedback on, I've gone through the syllabus and looked through Ofqual but cannot fine a detailed enough answer. Can anyone please help?

    Many thanks.
  2. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Try JCQ regs.
    I thought that you couldn't give any feedback. But why would you want to, I can't see any advantage in doing so, but can see several disadvantages.
  3. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Marking, revision, re-drafting and interim review of work
    2.1 When marking the coursework, teachers/assessors must not give credit in regard to any additional assistance given to candidates beyond that which is described in the specification. Teachers/assessors must give details of any additional assistance on the appropriate record form(s). Examples would include:
    • having reviewed the candidate’s coursework giving (either to individual candidates or to groups) detailed advice and suggestions as to how the work may be improved in order to meet the assessment criteria;
    • giving detailed indications of errors or omissions which leave the candidate no opportunity for individual initiative;
    • giving advice on specific improvements needed to meet the assessment criteria;
    • providing writing frames specific to the coursework task (e.g. outlines, paragraph headings or section headings);
    • intervening personally to improve the presentation or content of the coursework.
    Before giving additional assistance beyond that which is described in the specification, teachers should ensure that there is provision to record this assistance and take account of it in the marking. (There are a few coursework components in which no additional assistance is allowed.)
    2.2 Candidates are free to revise and re-draft a piece of coursework without teacher involvement before submitting the final piece. Candidates should be advised to spend an appropriate amount of time on the work, commensurate with the marks available.
    2.3 Where drafting is inherent in the skills being tested, subject-specific guidance and exemplification will indicate its role in relation to the type of writing being undertaken and any interim assessment allowed in these circumstances. This guidance may extend to the way in which evidence of re-drafting is provided for subsequent internal standardisation or external moderation purposes.
    2.4 In the absence of subject-specific guidance, teachers may review coursework before it is handed in for final assessment. Provided that advice remains at the general level, enabling the candidate to take the initiative in making amendments, there is no need to record this advice as assistance or to deduct marks. Generally, one review should be sufficient to enable candidates to understand the demands of the assessment criteria. Advice may be given in either oral or written form. Some subjects, such as Art, may require more than one review.
    2.5 A clear distinction must be drawn between any interim review of coursework and final assessment for the intended examination series. Once work is submitted for final assessment it must not be revised. Under no circumstances are 'fair copies' of marked work allowed. Adding or removing any material to or from coursework after it has been presented by a candidate for final assessment will constitute malpractice.
    2.6 Where coursework is submitted in digital format there may be instances where the construction of the e-coursework does not attract any marks, in which case this construction may be done by the teacher instead of the candidate.
    2.7 If a candidate requires additional assistance in order to demonstrate aspects of the assessment, the teacher must award a mark which represents the candidate’s unaided achievement. The authentication statement must be signed and information given on the record form.
    2.8 Where candidates are following Project qualifications, the supervisor will need to discuss with the candidate the range of acceptable evidence that should be used. The supervisor may give feedback on the progress of the Project, which should be acknowledged on the appropriate record form.
    2.9 Teachers must keep live coursework secure and confidential at all times whilst in their possession. It is not acceptable for teaching staff to share ‘live’ coursework with other candi"dates."

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