What the experts are say about Learning and Assessment Pathways:
“As the head of a National Teaching School, increasingly involved in School-to-School support, setting a clear framework for assessment which both evolves from and contributes to a vision and plan for achievement owned by all staff, is often the primary challenge for the heads we work with. I believe that the “Learning and Assessment Pathways” toolkit will enable heads to rise to this challenge. It provides a thorough but easy to navigate and manage process, grounded in excellent pedagogy and reference material. Most importantly, it will ensure a school has a structured method of auditing provision so it can strive to reach the highest achievement standards no matter whether you are, for example an outstanding school or a school that requires improvement.” Anita Warwick, Headteacher, Uplands Primary School, Forest Learning Alliance Teaching School
“This is an excellent tool to use for anything from a complete overhaul of your approach to assessment, to beefing up specific weaknesses. It is a very effective tool for analysing, reviewing and developing assessment to the benefit of all members of the learning community, including parents, teachers, leaders and pupils.” John Hucker: Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Education Assessors; Founder of Simple Solutions for Education
“This toolkit is a thorough survey of what makes for good assessment. Importantly, assessment is seen as a team effort where the values and aims of the individual school are properly recognised in securing good progress. This is the essence of best practice.” Richard Howard, Chair of National Education Trust
“It empowers teachers to make informed, professional decisions and so to become ‘master educators’ rather than technicians following set, and often immutable, procedures. Ann has widely researched this guidance document, using both the best of current educational theory and actual classroom practice; thus linking theory with the ‘grass roots’ of classroom practice.”
Belle Wallace, Director of TASC (Thinking Actively in a Social Context) International; a member of the Executive Committee for WCGTC (World Council for Gifted and Talented Children) and visiting professor to universities worldwide; past President of NACE
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Learning and Assessment Pathways will help you to:
- Develop your assessment practices from a range of starting points, according to school priorities
- Use a range of audit tools and discussion cards that are already proving successful for other schools
- Secure access to proven assessment expertise including national and international research, as well as contributions from schools
- Lead focused, effective improvement, as confirmed by leaders who are already using the materials
How it works
The toolkit is structured around 6 pathways, each providing a specific starting point where you can begin to evaluate and improve practice.
You simply choose the pathway that is most appropriate to the school’s context and current priorities. Each pathway is focused around a key question and provides links across the toolkit to be used as required.
Use a concise whole school audit of current practice and impact, to identify what aspects are effective and durable and where improvements can be made.
Review your vision, values and aspirations for assessment, providing the touchstone to guide improvement planning.
Evaluate how well you create and sustain a culture of high expectations and achievement, purposefully addressing barriers to learning.
Consider the purpose, validity and use of assessment data, so there is clarity in the use of existing and new processes.
Get to the heart of how well your assessment practices are integrated into teaching and learning to secure progress.
Draw together your framework for assessment in ways that are clear for parents/carers and staff, considering how well you use the 6 strategies to secure consistency.
Resources at your fingertips
School leaders using these materials have told us how important it is for leaders to be able to access a concise summary of key points, a range of relevant resources to use, and links to important, relevant research. So each section provides:
- The backdrop to inform dialogue and review
- Key questions
- An Audit and Development Tool and/or Discussion and Development Cards to focus and support professional dialogue
- A ‘Relevant Research Resource List’, with links supporting easy access to national documentation
- Further reading to assist an in-depth focus on a specific aspect
The toolkit is structured around a loose leaf file with a USB that contains over 60 additional resources, including audit templates, evaluation summary documents, professional development power-points serving as a skeleton on which to build tailored training, best practice guidance on Pupil Premium and model frameworks.
The modern educational environment calls on you to take a holistic approach to assessment. This resource will support your school, giving you the tools to evolve your current provision, share effective assessment practices, plan progressively and construct or refine a well-informed cohesive framework for assessment.