Every subject must do audit

30th March 2001 at 01:00
EVERY secondary subject department will have to carry out an audit of its strengths and weaknesses under the Government's drive to raise the performance of 11 to 14-year-olds.

Heads of department, senior managers and subject staff will be asked to answer questions on standards, pupil attitudes and behaviour, planning, teaching, test results and management, and to create an action plan.

A 15-page draft survey has been designed by the Department for Education and Employment's standards and effectiveness unit.

Gathering evidence has been estimated at two days' work. English and maths departments will crry out the audit in the summer term before the key stage 3 literacy and numeracy strategies go national in September.

The other strands of the KS3 strategy: science, information and communication technology and foundation subjects, are due to roll out in 200203.

One weakness the pilot of the strategy revealed was that some secondary departments were receiving test results and other information from primary schools too late - often not until the Christmas after pupils had started at the school. As a result, children were repeating work in the first term of secondary school.

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