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The DfE is conducting a review of the primary and secondary National Curriculum.
This site contains the statutory programmes of study for National Curriculum subjects which maintained schools must follow until a new curriculum is in place.

Exemplification of standards

QCDA has worked with schools to develop exemplification of standards files for geography and other foundation subjects. These materials: 

  • demonstrate ways to collect evidence of pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding as seen in their talk, actions and outcomes

  • provide examples of manageable ways of collecting evidence

  • include evidence of subject standards

  • can also be used to support the statutory teacher assessment of pupils at the end of key stage 3 by providing nationally agreed benchmarks and points of reference.

Each collection of work is accompanied by an overall assessment judgement that considers the evidence and gives a level-related judgement against national standards.

For geography the overall assessment judgement is organised under three headings:

Understanding places

This is concerned with pupils knowing where places are and understanding the importance of location. It relates to how they study an increasingly wide range of places at a variety of scales from local to global in order to develop an understanding of their characteristic physical and human features.

Exploring interconnections and change

This is concerned with pupils building on their understanding of a range of different places and environments around the world to investigate how these places are interconnected and are ever-changing. Pupils consider human and physical processes and the changes they make to environments. They also consider different points of view, and how people's actions (including their own) affect places and environments, now and in the future.

Enquiring and communicating

This is concerned with how pupils undertake geographical enquiry with increasing independence and how they acquire and interrogate geographical information and communicate their findings using suitable techniques and geographical language.

These exemplification materials can be found in the assessment section.

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