What do you need to do? (the new 6-step programme)

A) The new six step programme The latest word from the IB relating to the upcoming digital upload has a reassuring ‘keep calm and carry on’ feel  to it, beneath the title, ”What do you need to do?” So – keep calm, take a deep breathe and 1)   Remain engaged on the subject forum of the OCC and IBIS for details about the test upload and re-submission; and familiarise yourself with the procedure in advance. 2)   Download and read the teacher guidance materials, which ...

The exhibition and the visiting examiner

                Well, that's it for me for another year. The visiting examiner spent a day interviewing our final year students on Thursday and their exhibitions come down on Monday. The students took three of the four possible options (HLA, HLB and SLA) so he had a variety of assessment criteria to refer to when making his judgments. HLB and SLB are still fairly unusual option  choices - out of my current examining 'workload' of over 50 candidates, only two opted for option B. ...

VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD, CARDIFF, 2010

I have just returned from five busy, stimulating (and sunny) days attending the Visual Arts Grade Award meetings in Cardiff, with, predictably, a major focus of assessment and moderation. Those present included IBDP Visual Arts Team Leaders, Principal Examiners, Deputy Chief Examiners and of course the Chief Examiner, as well as the Assessment Subject Area Manager and the Assessment and Curriculum Coordinator. One issue was repeated a number of times: some teachers continue to be a little (and sometimes very) generous, both ...