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Secondary Assessment - Formative Assessment

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Formative assessment is increasingly seen as underpinning effective teaching and learning.

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In this programme, Paul Black and Chris Harrison, authors of the influential pamphlet Working Inside the Black Box, outline what they see as the key features of formative assessment. They focus on effective questioning, peer and self-assessment, feedback and marking.

At Lord Williams School in Oxfordshire, maths teacher Karen Vear and science teacher Jon Ryder helped Paul and Chris with their initial research.

This programme:

  • Gives a unique chance to hear Paul Black and Chris Harrison explain why they see formative assessment as key to raising standards
  • Allows the viewer to watch them teach and explain some of the strategies they have developed
  • Offers an opportunity to see how Karen and John use strategies such as open questioning and effective marking in their own classroom to enhance learning

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    • Questioning in Visual Art teaching
      23 March 2009 - 08:59

      Suzy Reid
      New Zealand
      To ask the right question at the right time and to encourage students to question their steps ongoing "what if I? If I ---- what might I see, the next learning step might be- will make rich ongoing formative assessment. To encourage ongoing regular self assessment then honest peer assessment in turn encourages students to manage themselves with increased confidence and to critically analyse others efforts within co constructed criteria. This is very powerful learning indeed and the growth in student learning becomes impressive.