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Does Assessment for Learning Strategies work in raising achievement

Discussion in 'Independent' started by ghgh, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. ghgh

    ghgh New commenter

    Working in the independent sector where students on the whole have passed an academic entrance exam, would you say that AfL in the classroom is effective ?
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    In prep and pre-prep schools, children have generally not passed an entrance exam.
    There are a great many senior schools where children don't need to pass an entrance exam or where they can gain entrance via art/music/sport scholarships.

    AfL is effective in all classrooms, regardless of the attainment level. Teachers still need to assess whether their class are learning and progressing and make decisions on what to do next.
    cellerdore, Pomza, asnac and 2 others like this.
  3. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Lead commenter

    As @Caterpillartobutterfly says, AfL is effective in any learning situation. It's not something that's only done at the end of a lesson - it's those informal formative assessment methods you use to check what the student(s) know and help them to see what they need to do next. Chances are you're already doing them.
  4. install

    install Star commenter

    Depends on how effective the teacher is with afl as always :cool:
  5. shilpakantaria

    shilpakantaria New commenter

    Learning is a process. If there are no AfL's then there is no monitoring of how a student has progressed. We all need a starting pint to understand where the student is and what learning has taken place since.
  6. pennyh.

    pennyh. Occasional commenter

    I think as with most education policy schools go over board with this in a one size fits all. AfL is much easier for say Maths than for History in my opinion. The have you learnt this/understood this/can do this etc. tends to be treated too much the same across the board and across the year groups. Then people get hooked up on formative and summative and evidence and being inspected within the school and from outside. I have seen common sense go out the window with time consuming 'special' assessments because normal classwork is not AfL controlled!
  7. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Before I left the UK, I worked in several different independent schools. Most prep schools do have some sort of entrance test, albeit quite a brief one. The majority of public schools use the Common Entrance exams at 11+ or 13+, as well as their own scholarship papers. (Nearly all of them use CE and that is why it is called "Common" Entrance.) It was usually the case that just because a student was given an award for Art or Music or Sport did not mean that they did not have to sit the CE exams as well. Of course there are exceptions, as some schools are more popular than others and some charge higher fees. Therefore there was some variety in entrance procedures and requirements.

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