January, What have we been doing………..Controlled Assessment

This guest post was written by Martyn Beaumont @cantersno15.

With the majority of the AQA GCSE PE course complete we have spent the last month concentrating on getting the Controlled Assessment complete, hoping that my pupils can produce the goods in the controlled conditions we do it (which we now have).

Before I start I would like to make a few things very clear:

• Pupils produce their final piece of work in Controlled conditions over 4 hours (I cannot find any time frames set out by AQA but apparently this was suggested at an AQA course)
• Pupil research takes place under part controlled conditions
• Pupils are not allowed to use or take in any of their research when completing the final piece
• We adhere to all guidelines set out by the AQA controlled conditions guidelines
• We have had very good feedback from our external moderator about our Controlled Assessment

The AQA controlled assessment is in essence very simple and we look at in in four stages. Pupils have to show a clear ability to analyse one of their sports in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Then show their ability to put measures in place to improve them. The sport the piece is written about must be one of the four being used for the practical element of moderation. The four stages we use are:

1. Strengths
2. Weaknesses
3. Corrective Measures
4. Recording Measure

These sections are essentially what are set out in the AQA template for this piece of work. Although I show my pupils this template, I tend not to use it directly as I think firstly it looks scruffy, but secondly encourages pupils to write very little.

The Set Up:

I spend one lesson teaching about the controlled assessment and what is needed to achieve as high a mark as possible. I make it very clear using the grades descriptors set out in the specification what will be needed and make it clear that I cannot help pupils in anyway once the controlled conditions start. Pupils research (in a computer room) over two weeks, which for us is four, one hour lessons. This is their opportunity to plan what is needed and pick up all the technical points needed to gain higher marks.
Pupils then complete four one hour controlled condition lessons to complete the final piece of work. No research can be taken in to the final four lessons and the final piece of work must start blank at the start of the first lesson and can only be completed during this time.

Below are a few key pointers that we suggest pupils use in each of the sections:

Strengths:

Include 3 different types of strength:

• One skill strength
• One tactical strength
• One fitness strength (usually a component of fitness)

Skill Strength

– Include annotated pictures where applicable to show what is good about what you
– Include technical points about the skill
– Include its impact on your performance and team performance
– Use key terminology for the AQA course

This then needs to be repeated for the other two strengths, but if honest not in as much detail as you would for the skill strength.

Weaknesses:

This is one of the most important sections in my opinion on the controlled assessment as it clearly shows pupils ability to analyse their weaknesses in depth. Again I suggest the same procedure as above:

• One skill weakness
• One tactical weakness
• One fitness weakness (usually a component of fitness)

Skill Weakness

– Include annotated pictures where applicable to show what good technique looks like and what elements you need to improve on
– Include technical points about the skill
– Include its negative impact on your performance and team performance
– Use key terminology from the AQA course

Again repeat these steps for the other two weaknesses but not in as much depth as the skill weakness

Corrective measures

This section shows the pupils ability to put in place corrective measures to help improve each of the weaknesses they have highlighted. I suggest that:

Skill Weakness – Choose two drills that will improve the weakness
Explain how they are carried out
Explain how they help improve the weakness and the impact that they will have
Use pictures (annotated), diagrams or drawings that show the drill clearly

For the other two weaknesses, choose one drill that will help improve it and explain as above.

Recording and Monitoring

This section is the pupils’ opportunity to show what they will do to monitor the weaknesses and show if improvement is taking place:

I suggest:

• For each of the weaknesses choose or create a test. E.g if the skill is penalties, then the test is a shootout consisting of 10 penalties.
• Create a table to easily record the test over a time period
• Suggest other ways that will help monitor how the performance is getting better. Think about the course content (ICT and media section)

Below is what a rough plan of how our controlled assessments normally look. I will not add a pupil example as I do not think that would be fair. This has been developed with the help of my colleagues over the past few years

Controlled Assessment Rough Template

Strengths

Skill Strength

Explanation of Strength
Impact of Strength
Annotated picture
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Tactical Strength

Explanation of Strength
Impact of Strength

Fitness Strength

Explanation of Strength
Impact of Strength
Annotated picture

Weaknesses

Skill Weakness (lots of detail)

• Explanation of Weakness
• Impact of Weakness
• Annotated picture

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Tactical Weakness

• Explanation of Weakness
• Impact of Weakness

Fitness Weakness

• Explanation of Weakness
• Impact of Weakness

Corrective Measures

Skill Weakness

• 2 x Drills with pictures, diagrams/drawings

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• Explanation of Drill
• Impact of drill of weakness

Tactical Weakness

• Explanation of Drill
• Impact of drill of weakness

Fitness Weakness

• Explanation of Drill
• Impact of drill of weakness

Recording and Monitoring

Skill Weakness

• Explanation of test
• Explanation of how it will be recorded
• Table to show it
• Any other ways to monitor

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Tactical Weakness

• Explanation of test
• Explanation of how it will be recorded
• Table to show it
• Any other ways to monitor

Fitness Weakness

• Explanation of test
• Explanation of how it will be recorded
• Table to show it
• Any other ways to monitor

This is just an example of how the controlled assessment could look and an explanation of how we set it up. We do not give this template out to pupils, it is just a suggestion I have used for this post. I would like to stress that we do not tell the pupils what to write, they research all the information and as suggested write a final piece starting from starch in the four hour window we give them on online casino Canada. Some of the pieces produced in this period of time have been very impressive, probably better than 10/10 when compared to some of the AQA examples. If you would like any help or advice please feel free to contact me.

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