Understanding the recent assessment changes in geography are a vital competency area for both the new GCSE and GCEs in geography. Geographers require skills in the designing, writing and marking of AO1-AO4 questions relevant to their subject level. But the development of “assessment toolkits” geography is not merely a focus on specifications and AOs, instead it’s a broader pallet of skills and competencies that include language, literacy, technical interpretation, as well as validity and reliability.
This course will help participants understand the importance of testing in the context of validity in geography through supporting high quality geography formative assessment and feedback.
1.00-2.00pm- Arrival, lunch and networking opportunities
2.00-3.45pm- An introduction to Questions, Marks schemes and AOs. Understanding the relationship between AOs, validity and question design. Mapping question types and cognitive demand (DoK). Researching and developing appropriate resources for stimulus materials. Considerations of language in Qs: carrier and technical.
3.45-4.10pm- Refreshment break and networking opportunities
4.10-6.00pm- Writing and marking high quality GCSE and GCE exam Qs. Working in teams, participants will take and area of a specification (GCSE and/or GCE) and develop their own Qs and MS. There will also be a chance to mark work, and see the importance of internal standardising as well as using the full range of marks when giving feedback.
Trainer: David Holmes
A geographer and education consultant with specialist knowledge of fieldwork and assessment within geography GCSE, AS and GCE. An experienced facilitator, both at face-to-face events and online solutions (Adobe Connect). Also a specialist trainer using the latest ArcGIS Online and Collector apps to provide bespoke solutions to a variety of customers. Author of a number of GCSE and A' Level texts as well as curriculum project manager and advisor to schools. David has a particular interest in creativity, technology as well as quantitative skills and how they can be harnessed in a transformative way in schools.