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4 Ways to Set a Baseline in Assessment Without Levels

Why Summative Baselines Matter When I go into primary schools to create an assessment system one of the main discussion areas is usually progress: how to measure it and, crucially, what baseline to measure it from. With the old sub levels, the starting point for...

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Assessment Without Levels Analysis in SIMS

In the spring Capita released their new programme of study marksheets as their 'assessment without levels' solution. In the summer release they included a new set of analysis and reporting routines. Schools who have already adopted the new marksheets, or who are...

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New SIMS KS4 Assessment Resources for Secondary Schools

Good new for secondary schools as Capita announce a set of pre-programmed resources for KS4. This is from Capita: From Autumn 2015 SIMS assessment are supporting schools with new resources for internal assessment analysis at KS4 using both old and new style GCSE...

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SIMS Assessment Manager Training Online

Over the years I've often been asked to provide on-line SIMS assessment training. These days, the expense of traditional training, plus the need to provide cover for staff, means that many staff just can't access traditional courses. I've noticed international schools...

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KS3 ‘Programme of Study’ Marksheets Now Available

Capita have released a patch that enables the new KS3 Assessment resources - good news for secondary schools who want to test drive the new 'programme of study' marksheets before September.  If you don't apply the patch you'll need to wait till the Autumn release to...

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Progress 8 Breakdowns Now Available

Last week the DfE release a breakdown of the seperate parts of progress 8. For the first time we have a breakdown that maps the KS2 fine decimal level to the English, Maths, Ebacc, Open and non-GCSE slots. Thanks to Mark Maher at Blacon High for bringing it to my...

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KS3 Programme of Study Marksheets for Secondary Schools

Yesterday I was at a meeting of local secondary schools with one of Capita's consultants, Matt Sharman. Secondary schools were keen to discuss Capita's approach to 'assessment without levels' and Capita are always keen to talk to schools. The focus of the meeting was...

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SIMS and Chris Quigley Assessment

Several people have asked about SIMS and Chris Quigley assessment milestones. Well, here's a system I developed for a school last week. As with most systems, the school wanted a few tweeks and changes to fit in with it's existing system, but the flexibility of SIMS...

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Formative Assessment using SIMS

Why everything I thought I knew about assessment was wrong. Perhaps without noticing, the last few months have seen a massive shift in the assessment paradigm that held sway in most schools until the introduction of the new curriculum in 2014. With the new curriculum...

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SIMS in the MS Azure ‘Cloud’

When I visit schools I'm often frustrated that teachers and staff, fresh and keen to use the new assessment resources that we create, are held back by a lack of access to SIMS. It's many years since the toughest technical obstacles to SIMS access were ironed out but...

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The New SIMS Teacher App

Last week was BETT week - the annual education technology exhibition in London's ExCeL. It gives education suppliers a global stage on which to launch their new products.  I visited on Thursday and Friday with a special interest in the new develops that Capita SIMS...

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Assessment Without Levels: Lessons from Last Term

This article was first published in December in my termly SIMS assessment newsletter which you can sign up for here. What Is Everybody Else Doing? I've visited lots of schools since September and almost every school has asked me this question quite early on during our...

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First Look at the New SIMS ‘School Report’

Update: In the original version of this post I said that secondary schools would have to wait until spring 2014 for their version. I was wrong! Secondary schools can print a version of the school report that includes all the metric for 5+A*-C EM, P8 and A8 measures....

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SIMS and the Trinity Mastery Pathway

For many secondary schools the most pressing issues currently are the introduction of new GCSE grade format and the new Performance 8 measure of school performance. I've blogged about using SIMS to record Performance 8 and new GCSE grades previously. Suprisingly,...

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Assessment Without Levels: What I Learned This Term

I've spent the majority of this academic year helping primary and secondary schools design their new assessment systems. Needless to say, the removal of levels has left most school unsure of how best to replace the previous flawed but very well understood system....

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