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School Improvement Partners (SIPs) e-newsletter: Autumn 2009

Secondary: Assessing pupils' progress in ICT

Essential Briefing

The National Strategies has produced a set of resources offering a structured approach to periodic assessment. Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP) in ICT enables teachers to:

  • diagnose pupils' strengths and areas for development
  • track pupils' progress in ICT across Key Stage 3 
  • review and revise schemes of work and approaches to teaching and learning.

Resources include:

  • a teachers' handbook providing detailed advice and guidance on implementing APP across the ICT department, an essential starting point for subject leaders and teachers.
  • standards files exemplifying each National Curriculum level from level 3 to 8 containing pupils' work with a detailed commentary and provide an essential guide for teachers to standardise their judgements.
  • Assessment criteria summarising the progression from levels 3 to 8 and covering all three assessment focuses.

Powerful Questions

To what extent are ICT teachers using periodic assessment and the Assessing Pupils' Progress materials to:

  • diagnose pupils' strengths and areas for development?
  • track pupils' progress in ICT across Key Stage 3? 
  • review and revise schemes of work and approaches to teaching and learning?