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Is it a good idea to use GCSE style questions for ks3 assessments?

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by Fsmahmood, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Fsmahmood

    Fsmahmood New commenter

    Hi I am in the process of changing our KS3 assessments, currently we do embed GCSE style questions in the assessments to get them prepared. Just wondered whether this is a good way to go or is it unnecessary? Jut looking at different ways, different schools assess KS3. Thank you in advance.
  2. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter


    However, what you might do is breakdown the GCSE questions into component parts/assessment objectives, especially for Year 7/lower ability groups.
    SundaeTrifle likes this.
  3. thecagedbird

    thecagedbird New commenter

    We have moved away from having the actual assessment as GCSE style. We still do this style of task in our lessons and get students to peer/ self assess them then make improvements.

    We’ve made actual summative assessments much simpler which has improved workload and marking burden massively.
  4. EGO8

    EGO8 New commenter

    Why not! I teach Maths.
    What is GCSE-styled? Any question on a GCSE paper?
    I get really confused when colleagues say don't use GCSE styled questions in KS3. The last time I checked there was x/4 = 5 (1 mark) on a Foundation Maths GCSE paper. I dare say that is GCSE styled. If a Y7 class cannot be asked that then what am I doing teaching Maths!

    I see '' GCSE styled'' questions as a bank. It is for teachers to reach in and decide what context and time to use them.
    border_walker likes this.
  5. OneLooseCrank

    OneLooseCrank Occasional commenter

    The English GCSE Language (OCR) questions very nicely scaffold their understanding of the text they've read; retrieve the main ideas < infer these ideas from the language < evaluate those language choices < using the text as a model, show you can make just as valuable choices on the same topic.
    I use this same structure at KS3. If I want all students to make progress on all stages, I differentiate the text given to them. If I want them to make progress on one area of need, I give them the same text but different attainment expectations (target 8-9 should complete all tasks).
  6. briceanus

    briceanus New commenter

    Probably depends upon subject,
    As ego8 8 says, its a good idea in maths.
    Makes me laugh/scream/quiver when I hear maths teachers/departments/schools say they start GCSE maths in year 8/9. The ONLY thing in maths they see before year 6 that isn't in GCSE is roman numerals. GCSE maths starts when they learn to count, and its a continuum from then forward,
    EGO8 likes this.

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