What is Assessment for Learning all about?
It all boils down to teachers and pupils using very clear information to do four important things to help pupils make progress in learning:
1. establishing where pupils are in their learning;
2. deciding what they should be aiming for next;
3. identifying a precise route to get them there;
4. assessing how well they performed in a given task which will in turn guide future learning.
So, it’s not a new approach at all, as teachers and learners have of course always tried to do these things. It’s more a reworking existing successful practice.
What are the benefits for pupils and their learning?
- It will increase you son’s self-esteem and confidence among pupils when solving problems;
- It will make him more independent in his learning.
- It will improve his learning skills and performance
- It will increase his ability to assess his own performance.
- Talk to your child about what they are learning – your interest means a lot, even if it doesn’t seem like it.
- Encourage your child to ‘have a go’, especially when they are uncertain. Praise and reward effort as much as you would performance or results.
- Read the comments on your child’s work and talk to him/her about how they can use their comments to improve their work.
- Encourage your child to keep improving.
- When your child gets stuck, don’t give him/her the answer; instead, encourage them to try different ways to become ‘unstuck’. Let him find the answer himself.
- Encourage your child to ask questions.