From September 2009, Controlled Assessment replaced coursework for 26 new GCSEs. This was one of the changes in the Government’s reform of education for 14-19 year olds, designed to ensure that specification content meets the aims of the revised secondary curriculum.
Ken Stimpson Community School fully recognises its responsibilities for controlled assessments as part of the GCSE/Diploma specifications, to ensure that the planning and management of the assessments are conducted efficiently and in the best interests of the candidates.
To ensure there are clear guidelines for all relevant staff it is the responsibility of everyone involved in the centre’s exam process to read, understand and implement this policy.
The process has 3 stages:
Tasks are set either by the awarding body (High control) or by the Centre (Medium Control) and in both cases, must be developed according to the requirements of the specification.
Three levels of control apply:
Task Marking has either a High or Medium Control level. High control means that the awarding body marks the tasks. Medium control is where work is assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the awarding body in the same way as coursework. In this case, Ken Stimpson Community School teachers must use the IV policy to standardise marking.