Controlled assessments for GCSE Physical Education A starter’s guide Let’s just say that You want to enter candidates next June, 2014, for their controlled assessments. What do you do first? Refer to the Guide to Controlled Assessment for details on the requirements of the practical activities and analysis tasks. What next? • For both analysis and practical activity tasks Refer to the Guide to Controlled Assessment for how to manage the different tasks. • Induct your candidates to the tasks. For the analysis tasks this will include introducing the research and production elements of the task. And then? Commence the practical activity tasks. Ensure you log the feedback you give to candidates during the task. Commence the analysis task research and production elements, paying particular attention to how you schedule and monitor the time controls. If your candidates are conducting the task research element off-site you do not need to supervise this. What about the writing up of the analysis tasks? • Candidates can take notes into the writing-up session. These should relate to, and be limited to, observations, headings and a draft version of the AL action plan or the AP action plan only. Notes must not be a pre-written attempt at the task. • The actual writing up MUST be done in school, under close supervision. What about using material for the analysis tasks from the internet, books etc? This is OK, as long as they clearly credit the reference within the body of their work, and not just in a general bibliography at the end. Think • It’s not a memory test – controlled conditions are there to prevent cheating, not the legitimate use of research materials. And any notes they bring in for the analysis tasks? • You need to be able to authenticate the work as being by the candidate and not by their friend, their Mum….. • So take in and scrutinise any notes they bring in before the write-up starts. Allow them to use the notes during the writeup lessons but always collect in and keep secure at the end of each lesson.