Assessment and Examinations Special Interest Group


Chair: Elizabeth Rynne
Secretary: Paul Weeden

Our Aims

The remit of the Assessment and Examinations Special Interest Group is to maintain an overview of developments in assessment and examinations and to advise the GA Education Standing Committee and members.

What we do

We meet three times a year, twice in Birmingham and once in London, to discuss contemporary issues in assessment at all phases of education. We also try to devote some time to improvements in assessment practice.

We have a regular 'Assessment Matters' column in Teaching Geography, and we make occasional contributions to Primary Geography. We are always on the lookout for new material on assessment, so if you have produced something do send it to us.

The group has done significant work on assessment in relation to the geography National Curriculum. You can find guidance and CPD activities here.

We have also produced publications on assessment – details of which can be viewed in the GeographyShop, and contributed a special supplement on assessment to the October 2001 issue of Primary Geographer.

The results of further research and development of the theme of gender and attainment were published in Teaching Geography during 2004. Wherever possible these include potential material from a Best Practice Research Initiative on assessment.

Controlled Assessment

The Assessment and Examination Special Interest Group are looking to monitor the impact of controlled assessment on teaching, learning and assessment. We are interested in your responses to any of the following questions

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of controlled assessments?
  • Are controlled assessments altering your planning and teaching? 
  • What is the educational worth of controlled assessments compared with previous coursework?
  • What impact is there on performance and learning outcomes?

Join us at our conference session on Saturday 16 April at 9.00am to share your ideas or post your comments on our GA Ning discussion.

Exam Results

AESIG Secretary Paul Weeden provides analyses of geography GCSE, AS and A level examination results. Visit the Geography Results page to find out more.

Other information

AESIG is a mixture of teachers from primary, secondary and post-16 backgrounds, from advisory services and higher education. New members are always welcome.

(updated 22.07.10)

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