Controlled Assessment Timetable 2017-18



Controlled Assessment is a system of ongoing assessment which affects most GCSE subjects and which allows pupils to build up their overall GCSE mark by means of a series of tasks which take place at various times throughout Years 11 and 12. Whilst pupils will still sit a terminal exam at the end of Year 12 in each of their GCSE subjects, it is important to stress that the marks gained through controlled assessment will form a significant part of a pupil’s overall mark, up to 60% in some subjects. It is therefore essential that all pupils perform to the best of their ability in every task that they are set.

The rules for controlled assessment vary slightly from subject to subject and parents wishing for more information on the requirements of a particular subject should contact the relevant head of department or subject teacher. For some subjects, the timing of controlled assessment is dictated by the exam board. However, in many subjects, it is left to the school to set assessments at the most appropriate time.

The timetable below is intended to serve as an aid to pupils and parents by informing you of the approximate dates of controlled assessment in each subject area. It is important to stress, however, that it may on occasions be necessary to make changes to the timings given.

Please note: There is no controlled assessment in the following subjects: Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Religious Education.

Year 11
MonthSubjectBrief Details of Assessment% of GCSE Mark
DecemberArtExploratory Portfolio - range of mark making. Development of skills-1. Painting and Decorating, 2. Printmaking (Week Beginning 4th December)25%
JanuaryMusicBegin work on first composition (to be completed by end of June – see below)
February
MarchEnglish Language

Art
Study of Written Language: Final piece 1 hour assessment


Chosen theme/project – preparation work. Investigating the creative and cultural industries (week beginning 5th March)
10%


35%
AprilJournalismCommunication and Print: Two versions of one story plus logbook. Pupils have four hours in class to complete final versions (continued in May – see below)25%
MayJournalism



Computing
Communication and Print: Two versions of one story plus logbook (completion of work begun in April. Pupils have four hours in class to complete final versions.

Begin work on A453 Programming Task (20 hours spent in class only, to be finished by end of September – Year 12 – see below
30%



30%
JuneEnglish Language

Music

Art
Writing Creatively: Final piece 2 hour assessment


Completion of first composition (started in January)

Preparation work development (week beginning 4th June)
15%


15%
Year 12
OctoberICT Full Course

French


English Language

Home Economics
Submission of Unit 2 Task 1 – Web Design


Writing assessment: Miss Doherty and Ms McGrattan’s - 1 hour assessment.

Study of English Language – Part 1 - 1 hour 30 minute assessment

Unit 3: Commence research and primary investigation of written assignment (20 hours’ work)
15%


15%


10%


20%
NovemberEnglish Language

History


Home Economics

Computing


Spanish

German

PE
Study of Spoken Language: Final 2 pieces. 1 hour 30 minute assessment.

First and second written assessments (to be completed by the end of January)

Complete Unit 3 assignment


Begin work on A452 Research Task (20 hours, all work to be completed in class, to be completed by February – see below)

Speaking assessment (week beginning 13th November)

Writing assessment (1 hour task)

Completion of Component 2: sections 4 and 5 and work on Component 3A: Skills analysis – practical coaching session (during teaching time). Theory element completed in class
10%


15%


25%


20%


30%

15%

15%
DecemberEnglish Language

Journalism



Music

Art


French
Study of Spoken Language – Part 2 - 1 hour 30 minute assessment

Broadcast Media and Communications: Script for news bulletin (to be completed within 7 weeks of receiving details) (To be completed in January)

Completion of second composition (work begun in September)

Completion of 3D final piece and preparation work (week beginning 4th December)

Written assessment – 1 hour task (Mr Sampson’s class)
10%






15%

60%


15%
JanuaryJournalism



French


Home Economics

PE

History

English Literature
Completion of Broadcast Media and Communications: Script for news bulletin (to be completed within 7 weeks of receiving details)

Writing assessment: Miss Doherty and Ms McGrattan’s classes - 1 hour assessment.

Planning and practical examination for Unit 2.


Practical (skills analysis)

Completion of first and second written assessments

Shakespeare: Study of Linked Texts – 1 hour assessment
20%



15%


Part of 40%
20%

25%

10%
FebruaryJournalism



Home Economics

Statistics


Computing


German

French

Spanish
Broadcast Media and Communications: Script for news bulletin (to be completed within a further 5 weeks after bulletin and completed in March)

Submission of Unit 2 assignment


Pupils begin work on an investigation (to be completed in April – see below)

Completion of A452 Research Task (20 hours started in November, all work to be completed in class)

Speaking assessment

Written assessment – Mr Sampson’s class

Written assessment – Thursday 1st February
30%



40%





30%


15%

15%

15%
MarchEnglish Literature

PE


Technology



Art
Study of Linked Texts: Comparative Essay 1 hour 30 minute assessment

Component 3A: Skills analysis – practical coaching session (during teaching time). Theory element completed in class.

Submission of Unit3: Design and Manufacturing Project (started in January of Year 11) (by end of first Wednesday in month)

Externally set assignment – Preparatory work (Week beginning 19 March)
15%


15%


10%



(50%)
AprilStatisticsPupils carry out and write up an investigation (completion of work started in February), followed by a written assignment. All work is completed in class.25%
MayArtFinal piece and preparation for externally set assignment40%