Do I need to carry out internal standardisation of marking?
In large centres with multiple teachers, it's essential that you carry out internal moderation before you finalise the coursework or controlled assessment marks. You should sample double-mark, selecting mark points within the same level from different teaching sets. The double marking should continue until you are satisfied that you have achieved comparability.
Small schools with only one teacher need not carry out internal standardisation.
How should I annotate the work?
It's important that you annotate the controlled assessment to show the moderator how you have interpreted the mark scheme and applied it to the students' work.
Indications against the markscheme on the candidate record sheet as to where specific assessment levels are perceived, together with summative comments are ideal.
You should mark and annotate the work in ink. Initial marking may be done in pencil until you're satisfied that you are applying the marking criteria accurately and consistently. Please then go over your marks and comments in ink. The colour of the ink is not important provided it is visibly different to the student’s work.
What are the grade boundaries?
You should not attempt to grade the work. You should be marking the work by applying the marking criteria in a consistent manner.
The controlled assessment grades will be awarded at the end of each examination series using the standard code of practice awarding process.
Grade boundaries are available to download from results day from the grade boundaries page.
Resitting linear GCSE and transferring controlled assessment marks
If a student is resitting the entire GCSE Geography (2009) qualification in summer 2017 and they certificated in summer 2016, then they do not need to retake controlled assessment. It is possible to transfer the controlled assessment mark across from the summer 2016 series.
In this is situation it is not necessary to enter for the controlled assessment unit - just enter for the examined units plus the overall cash-in code and last summer's controlled assessment mark will transfer across automatically.
E9 Moderator Report
While moderating your centre's controlled assessment, the moderator will write an E9 report which will give you detailed feedback on your marking and administration. You or your Exams Officer will be able to download this report on results day.
I hope you have found this update useful. If you have any further questions, please contact me.
For Unit 2 and Unit 4, students must work to a set task called a Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB). This is an interactive digital publication, designed to be viewed on-screen. Students must submit digital evidence of their work for assessment and moderation.
In both units, the opening pages of the CAB set the context, give an overview of the requirements and encourage students to organise their work. On completion of the activities required, students are given a checklist to help ensure that they have all the required evidence in the correct folders. The final stage before submission is simply to create a single page with links to the evidence.
For Unit 2, students will develop and produce a range of digital products. The controlled assessment task consists of four activities:
- In Activity 1, students will develop a user profile, gather information and work with a database.
- In Activity 2, students will develop and use a spreadsheet model to make recommendations.
- In Activity 3, students will design and create a more complex interactive digital product, drawing upon some of the work done in previous activities.
- In Activity 4, students will evaluate their products and their own performance.
For Unit 4, students will develop and produce a single interactive product. The controlled assessment task consists of two activities:
- In Activity 1, students will produce a detailed proposal for the digital product they want to create. This may be one of a number of digital product types, including a computer game, a digital storybook, or a relational database.
- In Activity 2, students will design, develop and test their product.