E-scape: Controlled Assessment

Controlled assessments as part of a GCSE course are to be introduced with the new specifications in September 2009. The QCA and exam boards have produced guidance on what it means for students' work to be controlled.

Although the e-scape trial work in geography has not been confined by existing regulations, it is the intention that the system should be adopted as one approach that is effective in the assessment of students' work under controlled conditions for live GCSE exams.

This document provides a basic summary of controlled assessment regulations in the revised GCSE Specifications in geography, showing how the e-scape approach matches them.


'GCSE home coursework is scrapped' - BBC news report from June 2007 on the demise of 'coursework' and the introduction of controlled assessments.

QCA: GCSE controlled assessment regulations - (Geography pages 44-47) February 2008

QCA: Example of controlled assessment in geography

Controlled Assessment Factsheet - produced by the National Assessment for exam board officers on aspects of controlled assessment.

What is Controlled Assessment in the New GCSE Curriculum? - basic questions and answers from Ezine relating to controlled assessments at GCSE.

Thinking about GCSE - GTIP (Geography Trainer Induction Programme) Think Piece on revised GCSE courses.

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