A recent meeting ahead of a data storage and tracking program change has made me think; is assessment in core ks4 PE still relevant? There is no questioning it's relevance in GCSE PE and how important a role it plays there, but what about in Core PE?
Historically in the department I work in, KS4 is assessed based on performance levels in sport against the GCSE criteria set by the exam board being studied. These grades are then never shared formally with parents, they're at most shared with students informally and aren't put forward for external examination. I personally feel that this has limited the approach to physical activity as a whole and thus the development of students physical activity levels post secondary education.
The questions that keep circulating my head are:
- does assessment in Core PE overly formalise an activity that needs to be viewed as fun?
- is assessment and thus viewing quantifiable progress fundamental to students enjoyment and involvement?
- does taking out formal assessment in Core PE devalue the subject in the eyes of others?
- how can data tracking and enjoyment go hand in hand? Can we track engagement levels rather than performance levels?
- do we need to assess formally in a subject that isn't externally examined?
I am a strong believer in setting up students for a life after school, but if we're building a curriculum around assessments that aren't relevant, is this the right approach to create a generation of healthy active adults?