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These pages contain resources to support Assessment for Learning, or Formative Assessment.
A resource pack to support staff development. The pack is designed to be used by those working in basic skills, wherever they are based, and can be used either as a stand alone resource or in conjunction with the printed version. The pack comprises an introduction and six chapters focusing on basic skills for specific groups of learners.
Professor John Hattie's paper discusses the relationship between formative and summative assessment. He argues it is not the instrument, tool, or activity that is formative or summative: this depends on its purpose and the timing of the feedback it enables.
This 2003 lecture is based on John Hattie's research work on the factors that make the most difference in student learning. It argues that the most significant influence is the way the teacher teaches, and explores the implications of this.
Geoff Petty is author of Britain's best selling teacher training text: 'Teaching Today: a practical guide' 3rd Ed 2004 Nelson Thornes. This site provides a wealth of information on teaching practice, including: self-assessment; feedback; active learning; active schemes; teaching generic skills; creativity; research; teaching style and differentiation. It includes a range of downloadable resources and video footage. This link is to the 'downloads' page which includes information on formative teaching strategies.
Feedback section: This provides information about different methods of providing learners with feedback, downloadable assessment proformas and short videocasts on this topic.
The Keyskills4u website has been developed for learners aged 16-19, whether at school, college, the workplace, or at home. The site includes an interactive Key Skills trainer which provides practice at Levels 1 and 2 in Communication and Application of Number and ICT; practice tests; and tutor guides.
The practice tests on the Keyskills4Uwebsite aim to help learners get ready for the tests in Application of Number, Communication and Information Technology at Levels 1 and 2. Taking tests on-screen is a quite different experience from that of the more familiar paper based versions. The tests contain 40 questions and are approved by QCA for each level.
NIACE led the Learning for Living' consortium of key national organisations in the field of literacy, language and numeracy and learning difficulties and/or disabilities, funded by the Skills for Life Strategy Unit at the Department for Education and Skills. These links take you to specific project resource materials related to formative assessment.
Move Up is a key strand of the Move On Up project. It applies the principles of Move On - positive engagement of learners into achievement, focused delivery, national qualifications flexibly delivered and training for trainers of teachers and intermediaries - for learners who are working at Entry 3. Entry 3 practice tests can be completed on line for the purpose of formative assessment and accessed by registering with the site.
Details about formative assessment and assessment for learning.
This link will take you directly to an OECD study on enhancing learning through formative assessment.
This module includes a tab on how to structure assessment productively, page 2 includes information on formative assessment.
The overall aim of this element of the programme is to improve the effectiveness of individual learning. The support gives priority to the initial and diagnostic assessment processes, the critically important issue of feedback to learners, planning learning and reviewing progress and achievement as well as the role of the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) in guiding the learner journey.
One of a collection of short guidance documents from the Skills for Life Improvement Programme, which looks at how the assessment process can best be managed at different stages in the learner's journey into and through further education sector provision.
Strategies to embed assessment into teaching and learning from the Skills for Life Improvement Programme
Chart from the Skills for Life Improvement Programme to help ensure that the right assessment is carried out for the right purpose at the right time
Chart from the Skills for Life Improvement programme showing how high quality assessment processes position the learner at the centre
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that addresses and redresses the primary barrier to making expert learners of all students: inflexible, one-size-fits-all curricula that raise unintentional barriers to learning. Learners with disabilities are most vulnerable to such barriers, but many students without disabilities also find that curricula are poorly designed to meet their learning needs. These guidelines and materials aim to help teachers turn novice learners into expert learnersindividuals who know how to learn, who want to learn, and who, in their own highly individual ways, are well prepared for a lifetime of learning.
Source: Skills for Life
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