We encourage parents and carers to take a look at the ‘Learning’ area of our website. You will note that ‘Professional Learning’ sits alongside pupil learning and curriculum. This is because all staff at Bader accept that we are a learning community, with staff every bit as engaged in learning as are our younger learners. Learners all!
We will keep you up to date here with the things that we are currently focusing on…
A couple of useful definitions:
We use the general term assessment to refer to all those activities undertaken by teachers—and by their students in assessing themselves—that provide information to be used as feedback to modify teaching and learning activities. Such assessment becomes formative assessment when the evidence is actually used to adapt the teaching to meet student needs”
(Black & Wiliam, 1998 p. 140)
The process used by teachers and students to recognise and respond to student learning in order to enhance that learning, during the learning.
(Cowie & Bell, 1999 p. 32)
As a staff, we are developing our expertise around formative assessment by focusing on the work carried out by Shirley Clarke. Shirley believes it empowers children to become confident learners who know how to learn. She is known for taking the principles of formative assessment and encouraging teachers to experiment with ways in which they might be applied. That is exactly what we are doing as we work at getting better at getting better.
More on Shirley’s ground-breaking work can be found here…
Teachers have been attending training events run by Shirley after the past few months, with more booked in before the end of the summer term. A key consideration here is the alignment of Shirley’s work with Visible Learning and Pupil Voice.