Teacher Discussions on Non-Examination Assessments

We are inviting teachers to participate in a series of focus group discussions about their experiences of non-examination assessment in GCSEs.

NEA refers to any type of assessment that is not an exam taken by all candidates at the same time. NEA therefore covers a range of assessment activities including coursework, oral assessment, fieldwork, portfolio work and practical assessment.

Each focus group will discuss:

  1. the principles and purposes of NEA
  2. assessment methods
  3. levels of teacher involvement at task setting, task taking and task marking
  4. experiences of delivering NEA
  5. experiences of addressing NEA.

We will host focus groups at six different locations across Wales. We want to hear from teachers with experience of NEA in one (or more) of 10 GCSE subjects. See below for a list of the subjects and details of where and when the discussions will take place. There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to network with other teachers at every session.

We will use the findings from this research to shape the future design and development of qualifications, for example when looking at how qualifications can support the new curriculum for Wales.

If you would like to contribute your views to one of these focus groups, please select an event from the list below. Spaces are limited so please only sign up once you have confirmed you will be able to attend. We also request that only one teacher per subject attends from your school.

The locations are Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Llandudno and Wrexham. For each location there will be one discussion for the following eight subjects - Art, PE, Drama, Geography, Computer Science, Science, English Language and Literature and Welsh Language and Literature. Please refer to the table below to find the date for your chosen location and topic.

To enable us to conduct a meaningful number of focus groups in each subject with the resources available to us, we had to select a range of subjects, rather than cover them all. The following criteria were used to help us select subjects:

  1. Compulsory and optional GCSE subjects
  2. Subjects that assess specific skills through NEA only or through a combination of NEA and written examination
  3. A range of levels of control over the task setting, task taking and task marking
  4. A range of weightings attributed to NEA
  5. A range of assessment methods e.g. oral exams, practical exams, portfolio, fieldwork and performance
  6. Subjects from each of the AOLEs except Mathematics (because Mathematics and Mathematics-Numeracy GCSEs do not include an NEA element)

It is anticipated that by using these criteria to select the subjects included, the findings from these focus groups will also be able to be considered in relation to other subjects.

If you sign up and are unable to attend, please cancel your booking through Eventbrite to give someone else a chance to take part.

If you would like to contribute to this research but are unable to attend one of these focus groups, please contact research@qualificationswales.org

For information on how we use and store personal data, and your rights in this regard, the privacy notice can be read on our website.

 

Location

Date

Time

Subject

Registration

Newport

Tues 8 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Art

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Newport

Tues 8 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

PE

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Newport

Thurs 10 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Drama

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Newport

Thurs 10 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Geography

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Swansea

Weds 16 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Art

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Swansea

Weds 16 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

PE

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Swansea

Thurs 17 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Drama

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Swansea

Thurs 17 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Geography

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Swansea

Weds 23 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Computer Science

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Swansea

Weds 23 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Science

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Swansea

Thurs 24 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

English Lang & Lit

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Swansea

Thurs 24 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Welsh Lang & Lit

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Cardiff

Weds 30 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Art

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Cardiff

Weds 30 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

PE

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Cardiff

Thurs 31 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Drama

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Cardiff

Thurs 31 Jan 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Geography

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Aberystwyth

Weds 6 Feb 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Art

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Aberystwyth

Weds 6 Feb 2019

16:00 – 18:00

PE

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Aberystwyth

Thurs 7 Feb 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Drama

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Aberystwyth

Thurs 7 Feb 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Geography

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Newport

Weds 13 Feb 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Computer Science

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Newport

Weds 13 Feb 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Science

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Newport

Thurs 14 Feb 2019

16:00 – 18:00

English Lang & Lit

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Newport

Thurs 14 Feb 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Welsh Lang & Lit

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Wrexham

Mon 4 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Art

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Wrexham

Mon 4 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

PE

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Wrexham

Tues 5 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Drama

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Wrexham

Tues 5 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Geography

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Wrexham

Weds 6 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Computer Science

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Wrexham

Weds 6 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Science

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Wrexham

Thurs 7 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

English Lang & Lit

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Wrexham

Thurs 7 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Welsh Lang & Lit

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Aberystwyth

Weds 13 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Computer Science

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Aberystwyth

Weds 13 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Science

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Aberystwyth

Thurs 14 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

English Lang & Lit

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Aberystwyth

Thurs 14 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Welsh Lang & Lit

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Cardiff

Weds 20 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Computer Science

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Cardiff

Weds 20 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Science

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Cardiff

Thurs 21 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

English Lang & Lit

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Cardiff

Thurs 21 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Welsh Lang & Lit

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Llandudno

Mon 25 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Art

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Llandudno

Mon 25 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

PE

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Llandudno

Tues 26 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Drama

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Llandudno

Tues 26 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Geography

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Llandudno

Weds 27 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Computer Science

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Llandudno

Weds 27 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Science

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Llandudno

Thurs 28 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

English Lang & Lit

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Llandudno

Thurs 28 Mar 2019

16:00 – 18:00

Welsh Lang & Lit

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