AQA Exemplar Folder for the new GCSE [Updated April 2018]

AQA Exemplar Folder for the new GCSE [Updated April 2018]

This is my own take on what I believe a level 9 folder would look like for the new AQA GCSE in Design and Technology. It is appropriate for the children’s learning and play sample context and covers exploring a context, iterative design, prototyping and client led brief along with investigations, analysis and evaluations. This is a PDF file and there are 40 slides in the folder, each with a commentary and a summary at the end of each A0 as well as extra slides at the end to support the process. I have worked for the AQA for 20 years with 25 years D&T teaching and leadership experience where many students achieved 100% for their coursework so this is based on that experience and a culmination of assessing thousands of folders coupled with industry design experience. Additionally I have consulted for DATA and the BBC. There is evidence in the folder of SketchUp, Solidworks and the use of CNC equipment and 3D printing. It is not endorsed by any examination board but can inspire you in your approach to teaching the new NEA in your school.
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AQA New 9-1 GCSE Exemplar folder, Student Guide, Checklist and Tracker [now with comments]

AQA New 9-1 GCSE Exemplar folder, Student Guide, Checklist and Tracker [now with comments]

An exemplar folder produced to accompany the new AQA GCSE to illustrate how students can approach the NEA. This is NOT endorsed by the AQA but is produced by an experienced designer, teacher, moderator and consultant to reflect expectations for a Level 9 NEA project. It is supported by a student guide, a checklist (which should not be used as a writing frame) and a tracker and grade prediction spreadsheet which uses grade boundaries derived from the boundaries on the old spec. There will be no official boundaries for some time so this will help you to give some prediction in the meantime. This now includes a comprehensive assessment spreadsheet that generates comment banks to minimise requests for remarks. Updated April 2018 with a new exemplar folder.
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GCSE DT Teachers Kit

GCSE DT Teachers Kit

A collection of material including guides to theory, controlled assessment and spreadsheets for mark prediction. This collection is all you need to plan, deliver and assess AQA D&T Resistant Materials but will be useful for a variety of D&T subjects.
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Wood Joint Practical Resource (build your own kit)

Wood Joint Practical Resource (build your own kit)

This consists of two SketchUp files; one an exploded version and the other a final model with supporting images for you to use as you need. It could be a practical lesson for students or a practical test for a technician or new teacher. Its makes a box of box joints which then fits into a frame of frame joints. It is also useful as an isometric drawing exercise. NOTE: This will only work with the latest version of SketchUp.
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AQA GCSE 9-1 Tracker with comment banks

AQA GCSE 9-1 Tracker with comment banks

This enhanced version of my GCSE tracker has been updated to generate comments from the marks awarded. Simply use the context TAB to enter all student details and then the comment TAB to award marks. Everything will then be transferred to the front sheet, totals generated and marks awarded based on grade boundaries currently derived from the existing GCSE boundaries.
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AQA Exemplar Folder for the new GCSE [Updated April 2018]

AQA Exemplar Folder for the new GCSE [Updated April 2018]

This is my own take on what I believe a level 9 folder would look like for the new AQA GCSE in Design and Technology. It is appropriate for the children’s learning and play sample context and covers exploring a context, iterative design, prototyping and client led brief along with investigations, analysis and evaluations. This is a PDF file and there are 40 slides in the folder, each with a commentary and a summary at the end of each A0 as well as extra slides at the end to support the process. I have worked for the AQA for 20 years with 25 years D&T teaching and leadership experience where many students achieved 100% for their coursework so this is based on that experience and a culmination of assessing thousands of folders coupled with industry design experience. Additionally I have consulted for DATA and the BBC. There is evidence in the folder of SketchUp, Solidworks and the use of CNC equipment and 3D printing. It is not endorsed by any examination board but can inspire you in your approach to teaching the new NEA in your school.
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AQA New 9-1 GCSE Exemplar folder, Student Guide, Checklist and Tracker [now with comments]

AQA New 9-1 GCSE Exemplar folder, Student Guide, Checklist and Tracker [now with comments]

An exemplar folder produced to accompany the new AQA GCSE to illustrate how students can approach the NEA. This is NOT endorsed by the AQA but is produced by an experienced designer, teacher, moderator and consultant to reflect expectations for a Level 9 NEA project. It is supported by a student guide, a checklist (which should not be used as a writing frame) and a tracker and grade prediction spreadsheet which uses grade boundaries derived from the boundaries on the old spec. There will be no official boundaries for some time so this will help you to give some prediction in the meantime. This now includes a comprehensive assessment spreadsheet that generates comment banks to minimise requests for remarks. Updated April 2018 with a new exemplar folder.
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GCSE Design and Technology Assessment Sheet

GCSE Design and Technology Assessment Sheet

Based on the AQA syllabus for GCSE Design and Technology for first teaching from 2017. The spreadsheet contains three sheets; one for the NEA, a mock exam assessment based on the existing theory paper and one based on the sample material supplied by the AQA. By entering assessment criteria for each objective, the spreadsheet will show on overall grade with a traffic light system (red C or below, amber, C to A and Green A or higher). The look up table will then present a grade or level from the overall score. This is based on an existing spreadsheet which has been successful in accurately predicting grades for over 15 years. The grade boundaries can be changed once the subject is live but you can be well prepared in advance with this resource. This is adaptable for other examination boards and subjects if you are proficient in the use of Excel.
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Advanced Level Design and Technology Student Guide

Advanced Level Design and Technology Student Guide

This PDF is intended as a guide for Advanced Level students to help them through their project tasks in AQA Product Design but much of the guide could be used for other specialisms. It will be updated at no additional cost in time for the new Design and Technology syllabus for first teaching in September 2017.
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GCSE Design and Technology Student Guide

GCSE Design and Technology Student Guide

This PDF is intended as a guide for students to help them through their controlled assessment/NEA in AQA Resistant Materials but much of the guide could be used for other specialisms. It will be updated at no additional cost in time for the new Design and Technology for first teaching in September 2017.
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Design History Poster

Design History Poster

A high resolution image providing a simple guide to 20th Century Design History. Certain sections are deliberately blank so that they can be used for students to investigate and add their own details. A completed version will be added shortly at no extra charge.
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GCSE Design and Technology Digital Folder Checklist

GCSE Design and Technology Digital Folder Checklist

Designed to be used for the outgoing GCSE and the new 2017 syllabus, this checklist can be used to ensure that a complete folder of work is produced. It can also be used to produce the relevant sheets for a digital folder or as an assessment tool and progress tracker. Easy to edit to suit the needs of the centre, subject or students, this is based on the AQA NEA requirements.
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GCSE DT Teachers Kit

GCSE DT Teachers Kit

A collection of material including guides to theory, controlled assessment and spreadsheets for mark prediction. This collection is all you need to plan, deliver and assess AQA D&T Resistant Materials but will be useful for a variety of D&T subjects.
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Advanced DT Teachers Kit

Advanced DT Teachers Kit

A collection of material designed to help teachers of AQA D&T Product Design although it can be used with a variety of boards and subject specialisms.
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AS and A Level Blank Project Checklist

AS and A Level Blank Project Checklist

A blank AS and A Level checklist for the new Design and Technology syllabus for first teaching in 2017. This is based on the AQA NEA requirements but can be adapted for other AO's.
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AS and A Level Assessment and Prediction 2018 onwards

AS and A Level Assessment and Prediction 2018 onwards

A four part spreadsheet allowing for mock ( and eventually real) examination analysis based on the forthcoming AQA syllabus but it can be adapted for other AO's. It has been used to successfully predict final grades for many years and is a useful interactive tool to use in the classroom or during progression meetings. It uses a traffic light system to show weaker areas in performance and a look up table to predict final grades and to compare against targets. Grade boundaries are not yet known but can be changed as needed. They currently use the standard 2/4 module boundaries for grades. This is for the new GCE syllabus with first AS exam in 2018.
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AS and A Level Project Checklist

AS and A Level Project Checklist

A completed AS and A Level project checklist ideal for digital folders. The sections can be changed to suit the centre, subject or syllabus. Ideal for producing a matching digital folder or as a checklist for NEA work.
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Grades, Levels and Progress 8 chart

Grades, Levels and Progress 8 chart

Adjustable by centres, this is a colourful chart which will help understand how levels of progress relate to outgoing NC levels and grades and Progress and Attainment 8. It is unlocked so can be easily edited to suit centres or changing policies.
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KS3 Blank Project Booklet Template

KS3 Blank Project Booklet Template

A range of sheets which can be arranged as necessary to produce design booklets for students rather than providing numerous blank sheets. The advantage of using booklets, aside from keeping the worksheets together, is that students take responsibility for their work and can personalise the projects. Use this with the Key Stage 3 tracking sheet available for a way of planning and monitoring progress throughout Key Stage 3 and the booklets will form a record of learning at the end of the Key Stage. Please do not be put off by the current number of items in the resource as additional sheets will be added in the coming weeks at no further cost and will provide a wide choice of worksheets and material for the production of custom design booklets.
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Design and Technology Data Tracking Progress 8

Design and Technology Data Tracking Progress 8

Based on two projects per year, this can be adapted for a number of projects and uses levels with grade comparisons to determine if positive progress is being made in line with Progress 8 measures. Rather than levels of progress, it uses a set level regardless of the students age so an A grade in Year 7 might require a different set of criteria than an A grade in Year 9. Using this method, an equivalent level can be awarded and, with the target level input at the end of Year 6, this can be used as a tracking/progress system. Additionally, it uses 10 key assessment criteria in a design project to ensure a fair and realistic attainment 8 grade for a project. It is quite experimental given the lack of definitive direction regarding Progress 8 but can be used to adapt your own assessment methods.
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GCSE Assessment Sheet for RMT

GCSE Assessment Sheet for RMT

An assessment sheet for coursework and exam data which will predict a final grade based on the 2016 grade boundaries. This is still a useful tool for the outgoing GCSE which will run until 2018.
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