Assessment for Learning: Embedding excellence and consistency teaches you how to use AfL consistently in your school to help trainees, teachers and assistants teach well, and in turn help students learn well.
This comprehensive resource looks in detail at what makes AfL work and provides real examples of techniques and strategies you can apply in your teaching to deliver a consistent approach. The package includes training materials covering AfL leadership and practical implementation and exercises around development planning to help you embed practice in your school.
Helping students learn to learn
Training resources for leadership of AfL
Presentation for teachers on developing AfL
Assessment for Learning: Embedding excellence and consistency will enable you to:
develop a consistent, effective approach to AfL across your school
encourage students to become autonomous, reflective, and critical learners
nurture evidence-based practice by encouraging teachers to share experience and expertise
enhance learning by engaging students in new ideas and methods
meet individual students’ needs by understanding how to adapt AfL methods to work for different learning styles
improve classroom practice by using AfL as part of conscientious and effective teaching
build on existing strengths to achieve significant results by making small adjustments.
Summary of contents
This practical resource is suitable for anyone responsible for developing teaching, learning and assessment in your team, across your school, or with colleagues from different schools.
As well as chapters explaining how AfL works and how to use it consistently, Assessment for learning: embedding excellence and consistency contains:
22 lesson observations across 10 subject groupings, showing teachers and students using a range of AfL methods according to circumstance and capacity
a training session for the leadership of AfL that helps you engage your leadership team in considering strategies for embedding AfL across your school
a training session for teachers that helps you work through activities designed to extend and enrich teaching, and can be used by individual teachers or teams on their own.
Section 1 – Approaches to AfL
Examples of lesson activities involving formative assessment
What it means to highlight standards and criteria
Answering common objections
Section 2 – Leading development in your team and across your school
What do you want to achieve by developing formative assessments?
What will you do to monitor and evaluate developments?
Who will perform what roles?
What will be done to change ethos, policies and systems?
Section 3 – Examples of Assessment for Learning across the curriculum
English and media studies
Information communication technology
Humanities and religious education
Modern foreign languages
Art and music
Vocational and business education
Section 4 – Teaching towards autonomy
Section 5 – Things to work on
Decide ground rules and know what to expect
Be clear about purposes and standards
Answer questions, ask questions
Reflect critically on lessons
Recap and mind-map
Use templates and models
Use feedback and decide how to improve
See rationale and relevance
Work towards autonomy
Be a coach, be a mentor
Section 6 – Helping your students learn to learn
Section 7 – Further research
Section 8 – Training resources for leadership of AfL
Section 9 – Training resources for teachers