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Assessment for Learning

  • Assessment may be summative, a measurement of what has been achieved against specific criteria, or recognised norms. This is the role of external exams and end of topic tests and is used to compare students’ progress and achievement against national norms.
  • Assessment may also be formative, otherwise known as assessment for learning. Assessment for Learning is about seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there. This is why teachers mark classwork and home learning tasks, ask questions and observe students in their learning. This allows them to give feedback and plan future teaching to ensure students make progress in their learning.

You will see evidence of teachers’ assessment in:

  • Marking of students’ written work - formative written comments will be used on all marked work. In particular, specific praise for what has been done well and clear guidance on what to do to improve.
  • GCSE grades and Key Stage 3 Standardised Assessment results 
  • Teachers records of their assessment which contributes to planning, tracking and comments made when reporting to parents.
  • Opportunities for students to respond to any written feedback they receive.

You will also see evidence of self and peer assessment;  getting students to engage with what makes a successful piece of work aids their understanding of what is expected of them and how they can improve their present efforts.

Revision in all areas, and at all stages, has been shown to have a significant effect on student achievement. Please support your child in planning and following a regular review and revision schedule to ensure the highest possible final grade. It is essential that each piece of home learning is done to a high standard and within deadlines, to enable teachers to monitor learning and understanding and provide appropriate feedback to improve progress.

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