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The learner is at the heart of assessment

Good assessment:

  • helps develop successful learners

  • recognises strengths and areas for development and clearly identifies ways for learners to progress

  • is based around pupils’ needs and leads to improved attainment and progress

  • encourages pupils to take a central role in their own assessment.

It is clear that many pupils feel detached from the process of assessment. They view assessment as something that is done to them rather than something they have a stake in. The experience of assessment should motivate pupils and help them understand what assessment is for and how they can use it to develop as successful learners.

One key way of achieving this is to ensure that all pupils are actively involved in ongoing assessment conversations with their teachers to celebrate their achievements, recognise their strengths and identify priorities for future learning and how these could be achieved. Having a central role in their assessment helps pupils to take greater responsibility for their own learning, builds their confidence and helps them make progress.

Curriculum case studies

Students working in a group with younger pupils

At the heart of assessment

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