Tag Archives: assessment

Bullseye! Target setting and target missing.

Or, a blog in which I get to say “Errr?” rather a lot! Target setting is currently back at number one as the biggest cause of concern that I am hearing about from music teachers. Now, I am going to … Continue reading

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Tracking thoughts inspired by railway tracks on a train journey

I’m always concerned by how much duplication of effort there has been in music education from teachers up and down the land over the years. What is worrying me at the moment is that there seems to be a move … Continue reading

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Poster at ISME

I’ve been a bit on the busy side recently, which is, in many ways, an understatement! Anyway, last week I was up in Glasgow for the International Society of Music Education (ISME) conference. Whilst there I gave four spoken presentations, and … Continue reading

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GCSE Music – Statistics and Grade Boundaries

N.B. This is a post that may get deleted or have amendments later, if it proves that I am being daft, and haven’t read all the relevant small print! Which, as it’s about the new GCSE grading, means there is … Continue reading

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Uses and purposes of assessment in music education

In academic discussions of assessment in the literature, we distinguish between uses and purposes of assessment (indeed, in my assessment book (Fautley, 2010) I devote a section to this). To put it probably over-simply, for the sake of this blog, … Continue reading

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Assessment and Coffee

Those nice people over at MusicMark have made available a piece I wrote for secondary school music teachers wherein I reflect on one of the common issues with assessment I am asked about, that of progression. In it I respond … Continue reading

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Video on assessment in music education

This is another ‘instead of a blog entry’ post! The nice people at ‘Teach Through Music’ have made a really interesting video about assessment in music education. It features London music teachers talking about this, as well as some talking … Continue reading

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Instead of a blog entry – A level composing

A very brief not-a-blog. Today the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)  published a piece of research by one of my PhD students, Kirsty Devaney, and myself, into music teachers views on the composing components of A-level music. It’s available here. … Continue reading

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In which I muse on formative assessment whilst at Schiphol Airport

I’m writing this Blog entry at Schiphol Airport. I’ve been in the Netherlands for a few days, as a guest of the Royal Dutch Conservatory in the Hague where I have been talking about assessment. This has been interesting, as … Continue reading

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A short blog in which I worry about ‘flightpaths’

I’ve been wondering about ‘flightpaths’ (just google them if you don’t know!) and ‘expected progress’ recently. Two questions strike me: Are flightpaths just NC levels by another name? What progress can we expect? How do we know? This relates to … Continue reading

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