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Assessment for Learning

Why teachers are seeing red (and green and purple and pink) over marking

The Guardian – Assessment systems requiring different-coloured pens and rubber stamps are the biggest cause of stress for teachers, according to a union survey.

Reducing teacher workload: Marking Policy Review Group report

GOV.UK – Report about eliminating unnecessary workload for teachers regarding marking, including principles and recommendations. GOV.UK – Letters from the teacher workload review groups and Nicky Morgan.

Teacher workload: Marking Policy Review Group

GOV.UK – The group will consider effective practice on marking in schools which raises standards for pupils without creating unnecessary workload.

Improving maths results via teacher feedback to be focus of new major study

TES News – A major research project is to look at how teachers can use feedback to improve pupils’ understanding of maths.

Commission on Assessment Without Levels: final report

GOV.UK – This report provides advice to schools about how to develop new approaches to pupil assessment that are based on needs of the pupils, follow the school’s curriculum and support effective teaching. GOV.UK – Commission on Assessment Without Levels: government response. TES News – Life after levels report calls for greater understanding between Ofsted and teachers. TES News – Schools are recreating […]

Talking standards: part 10 of a conversation between educationalists Sir Tim Brighouse and David Cameron

TES – In the 10th part of our ongoing online conversation, Scottish educationalist David Cameron (left) sets out his own version of what constitutes ‘British values’ in response to former schools commissioner for London Sir Tim Brighouse.

Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales

Welsh Government – Professor Donaldson has identified very real strengths in Wales, including the Foundation Phase and the commitment to the Welsh language and culture on which we can build. His report also identifies the shortcomings of the current curriculum arrangements and has made a series of recommendations to address these and improve how children in […]

‘Every class I teach is a research expedition into student thinking’

TES Opinion – If “children grow into the intellectual life around them” (Vygotsky, 1978), then what kind of intellectual life are we presenting to the students in our classrooms?

South West AAIA Day Conference 2015

Exploring and Evidencing Mastery Learning – Children as the best advocates of their own learning. South West AAIA Conference 2015 – details and application form AAIA SW Mastery Dance Workshop Where’s the evidence – no video Exploring and Evidencing Mastery learning – Di Pardoe

What makes great teaching? Review of the underpinning research

The Sutton Trust – This report reviews the research that underpins our knowledge of what makes great teaching. It goes on to question how we can record and develop teachers’ best practice in the classroom and ultimately makes suggestions about the strategies teachers can use to promote better learning. TES – Telling students they have done […]

Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI)

ELLI, Vital Partnerships – ELLI is a deceptively simple but research-validated self-assessment tool based around the Seven Dimensions of Learning ™. These are: Curiosity Resilience Learning Relationships Changing and Learning Strategic Awareness Meaning Making Creativity YouTube – Introducing ELLI.

Technology Enhanced Assessment

University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education – How the potential of digital technologies can best support improved assessment practices and preferred educational outcomes is becoming an issue of increasing importance.  An acknowledgement of the potential that digital technologies offer should recognise the complexity of the task, the many factors affecting successful educational change, and […]

Classroom practice – Forget about assessing learning after lessons

TES – The widely held idea that you should check what students learn in each class to inform your teaching is fundamentally flawed says David Didau. See Dylan Wiliam’s defence of formative assessment in a previous response to David Didau.

Should five-year-olds be setting their own learning targets?

TES Professional – Most five-year-olds struggle to count beyond 30 or tie their own shoe laces, so the thought of them setting their own learning targets would fill many with horror.  And yet, according to Heatherle Chambers, a kindergarten teacher from Portland, US, early-years teachers should be insisting that their young charges do exactly that.

Allow schoolchildren to rate their teachers, says top head

The Telegraph – The Government should introduce a national appraisal system in which all pupils mark teachers against a range of indicators such as motivation levels, difficulty of work, behaviour management, marking quality and preparation for exams, it was claimed.