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University of Bristol
Wellcome Trust
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PEEP for Physics & Ethics at GCSE

Assessing discussion

Answering questions where there is no clear cut answer isn’t easy.

Students need to practice questions where they have to structure their answer in such a way that the evidence is used to support a conclusion .

though candidates realised the substance of the argument in their answers many lost marks through not expressing themselves explicitly enough

Examiners for the 2003 Salters-Nuffield A-level Biology pilot

poor argument skills let candidates down throughout the paper

Examiners for the 2004 AQA AS-level Science for Public Understanding

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