Thank you to teachers of Year 8, the first CAF deadline was met by all. Hurray! Going forward we need to ensure that data is inputted in plenty of time to give us ample opportunity to chase students that were absent when the assessment was sat.

At our subject leaders meeting this week we discussed our responses to the Year 8 assessment. All resources are limited (including time!!) so we thought about realistic and impactful ways we as classroom teachers can ensure that the information we have gained from the assessment is used in a meaningful way to help all students make more progress.

I shared this response as an example of good practise:

  1. Notes should be taken during marking to establish common misconceptions and apparent lack of knowledge by the majority of the class (there is no formal QLA spreadsheet) and identified concepts should be planned into future spaced retrieval quizzes.
  2. The main errors should be explicitly and directly explained to the class but ideally not for too long (common estimates of the attention span of healthy teenagers range from 10 to 20 minutes).
  3. Students placed in mixed attainment groups of 4 with an A3 copy of the assessment or key questions from the assessment to complete the questions collaboratively (and hopefully more accurately!). Solutions then swapped between groups and mark schemes provided for groups to mark each others work.
  4. At least two individualised homework opportunities set with concepts identified from the students progress grids (HegartyMaths homework would be perfect for this!)

The next CAF deadline is for Year 10: Wednesday 19th December.

Hope you all noticed that yesterday was a very special day… a palindromic, ambigrammatic, strobogrammatic, vertically and horizontally symmetric, ʇuoɹɟ oʇ ʞɔɐq puɐ spɹɐʍʞɔɐq uʍop ǝpᴉsd∩ semiprime — day (81118) – when will the next one be??

Hope you all have a good weekend