Controlled Assessment: Key Questions
What is the difference between Coursework and Controlled Assessments?
Previously, course-work has been carried out independently by students, largely in their own time. Controlled Assessments will be carried out in school under the supervision of a member of staff. They are designed to take place in normal lesson time in the usual teaching venue.
What are the elements of Controlled Assessment?
Controlled Assessment occurs in a number of stages with varying levels of control to ensure reliability and to make assessment manageable. Teachers will advise students on specific subject requirements.
When will Controlled Assessments take place?
Each subject has differing requirements: for some, there is a distinct phase of Controlled Assessment during the year (eg History): for others, the controlled tasks are ‘threaded’ through the curriculum after sections of teaching (eg DT). Again, teachers will provide information on the structures of their Controlled Assessment.
How important is attendance?
Controlled Assessments are governed by the same examination regulations as external exams. Time allocations cannot be infringed. Any date missed in Controlled Assessment is critical: an absence may impede a student significantly.
What about the use of ICT for Controlled Assessments?
The use of ICT in Controlled Assessment is determined by each subject. However, students are not permitted access to their work between sessions either at school or remotely. Students are not allowed to save Controlled Assessments to USB devices or to email or use any other way to access their work once it has been completed.