Reducing teacher workload is a key strategy to make teaching more attractive in the UK. The Workload Reduction Toolkit https://bit.ly/2Qx38GJ has just been updated with items including the use of technology.
The toolkit as a whole is valuable and useful. It has three stages;
The role of technology is addressed in stage 2. A general statement about the role of technology can be found in https://bit.ly/2O7rgvd
There are five interesting case studies;
Links to these can be found at https://bit.ly/2VYZXG4 , further down the page.
Teachers will undoubtedly wish for more detail. Advice is available from the consultants in our street market.
The Ofsted inspection of schools is up for revision after consultation. This article looks at the case for the use of ed tech, to help schools meet the proposed new requirements.
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After the failure of Computer Science GCSE to recruit at acceptable levels, especially for girls, the subject has taken yet another knock.
'Earlier this year we announced changes to the assessment arrangements for the new GCSE in computer science. We found that the confidentiality of some of the assessment tasks had been compromised, and some students would have had an unfair advantage over others. We reluctantly decided to change the arrangements, such that students’ grades this summer and in 2019 would be based only on their exam performance. We have recently announced that these arrangements will also apply to the 2020 exams, and that we are considering the longer-term solution.'
Ofqual, 27 April 2018
The change of arrangement is that students' non-exam assessment task will not count towards their grade. So in 2018, 2019 and 2020, after the removal of the non-exam assessment task, students can get the highest grade in this subject without ever having to produce a robust, checked, code based solution to a problem. This is a nonsense on a par with getting a science GCSE without having done an experiment. It is the students who suffer - their qualification is significantly devalued per se, and its value as a preparation for further study seriously undermined.
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