GCSE Mini Assessments

As we run towards the first go at the new GCSE examinations – which I know we are all looking forward to – as many schools will be, we are a little anxious.  We are running a series of ‘mini-assessments’ to revisit different topics that our students should have covered previously.  It also allows us to investigate gaps in understanding.  Our process is…

  • A class completes a mini-assessment under exam conditions (they are designed to only last 10-15 minutes) once per week – all our Year 11s do this at the same time each week.
  • The assessment is either self or peer-assessed immediately after – this is done using the power-point mark scheme.  This is designed for the teacher to explain the question and its solution in some depth.
  • At some point that week, any gaps uncovered during the assessment are addressed by the teacher.
  • The marks for each assessment are collected centrally and entered on a spreadsheet.  This allows us to track whole-cohort understanding (or lack) of the different topics covered.  During mock examinations, this gap analysis designs a portion of the paper we will set students and allows us to report to parents where gaps in understanding are on an individual as well as year group basis.

Below are links to download each mini-assessment (there is a foundation as well as a higher tier assessment – with an overlap question) as well as the power-point mark schemes.  I have also included the tracking spreadsheet we are using which has conditional formatting – blue is excellent understanding, yellow reasonable but not yet secure, red poor understanding and very insecure.  Just enter your class list and enter the marks and the box should(!) colour as appropriate!  I’ve only uploaded the pdf versions of the assessments as these should download more easily to different computers – if you want the editable word versions, please get in touch. Feel free to pass on any feedback if you do use them.

Tracker Spreadsheet (This will be updated each week to include future assessments)

Year 11 Mini Assessment Tracker 18

Mini Assessment 1 – Number – Fractions Decimals Percentages Ratio

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Mini Assessment 2 – Algebra – Linear equations and expressions

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Mini Assessment 3 – Shape – Angle relationships

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Mini Assessment 4 – Handling Data – Averages

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Mini Assessment 5 – Contextual Questions (1)

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Mini Assessment 6 – Number – Types of number

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Mini Assessment 7 – Algebra – Forming and Solving Equations

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Mini Assessment 8 – Shape and Space – Pythagoras and Trigonometry

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Mini Assessment 9 – Probability

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Mini Assessment 10 – Ratio and Proportion

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Mini Assessment 11 – Sequences

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Mini Assessment 12 – Perimeter, Area, Volume

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Mini Assessment 13 – Estimation

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YEAR 11 Mini Assessment 13H Estimation

Y11 Mini Assessment 13F SOLUTION AND MARK SCHEME

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Mini Assessment 14 – Sequences (and Iteration for Higher Tier) – similar to assessment 11 – we are now looking at how students are responding to revisiting some topics.

YEAR 11 Mini Assessment 14F Sequences the return

YEAR 11 Mini Assessment 14H Sequences and Iteration

Y11 Mini Assessment 14F SOLUTION AND MARK SCHEME

Y11 Mini Assessment 14H SOLUTION AND MARK SCHEME

Mini Assessment 15 – Quadratics (for Higher – including factorising, solving, completing the square and solving disguised quadratics) and Expressions and Equations (for Foundation – basic simplifying and factorising, solving linear equations and solving a quadratic)

YEAR 11 Mini Assessment 15F Expressions and equations

YEAR 11 Mini Assessment 15H Quadratics

Y11 Mini Assessment 15F SOLUTION AND MARK SCHEME

Y11 Mini Assessment 15H SOLUTION AND MARK SCHEME

Mini Assessment 16 – Covering a variety of non-calculator questions

YEAR 11 Mini Assessment 16F Non Calculator

YEAR 11 Mini Assessment 16H Non Calculator

Y11 Mini Assessment 17F SOLUTION AND MARK SCHEME

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Mini Assessment 17 – Circles – the foundation one looks at naming the parts of the circle as well as area/circumference of a circle.  The higher one looks at area as well as circle theorems.

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Y11 Mini Assessment 17F SOLUTION AND MARK SCHEME

Y11 Mini Assessment 17H SOLUTION AND MARK SCHEME

Mini Assessment 18 – Forming and Solving Equations.  This looks at forming expressions and equations from statements, using angle relationships as well as area and then solving them.

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Y11 Mini Assessment 18F SOLUTION AND MARK SCHEME

Y11 Mini Assessment 18H SOLUTION AND MARK SCHEME