Rationale for Teaching and Learning website  

Name: Cornelia Weekes

Student ID: 09288093

Assessment can be referred to as a key tool which plays a significant role in primary education.  Sangster et al (2006) discusses that assessment can become an effective part of the teaching cycle which operates in the primary classroom. By assessing pupils it provides important information about their strengths and weaknesses which then can help teachers to plan effectively and to ensure that their needs are met. Since the Black and William report (1998) assessment was highlighted as having two main roles in education. These are to ‘measure pupils progress and to improve the quality of learning they experience’ ( Black and William , 1998).

Being a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) can be extremely challenging and daunting as it involves entering a teaching job for the first time. During the first year of teaching it is crucial that a NQT receives much support and guidance in order to achieve high quality teaching and to make an impact on the development of the school and pupils.  The Teaching Standards (2012) ‘set a clear baseline of expectations for the professional practice and conduct of’ NQTs, who are working towards Qualified Teacher Status (DFES:2012).  The importance for NQTs to assess is highlighted under standard 7 which is titled ‘Make productive use of Assessment’. Under this standard it highlights the importance to ‘know and understand how to assess the relevant subject and curriculum areas, including statutory assessment requirements and to make use of formative and summative assessment to secure pupils’ progress’ (DFE:2012).

The website that has been created for this assignment is aimed at supporting NQT’S in implementing effective assessment strategies. The website begins with looking at the importance of assessment and why we assess. There is also a link for NQTs who would like to develop their knowledge further on the role of assessment, such as reading information provided about the principles of assessment, types of assessment and the purpose of assessment. There is another link which also readers can explore which looks at the differences between Summative and Formative assessment . The next page which follows briefly summarizes what Formative assessment is. In doing this I have pointed out Shirley Clarke who is an experienced and well known practitioner who promotes the use of Formative assessment in schools. I use images on this page to promote books and dvds by Shirley Clarke which I feel may be beneficial for an NQT and may support them in developing effective practice in Formative assessment.

The last two pages of my website have been divided into two parts, the first looks at Formative assessment in the Early years and the second looks at Formative assessment in Key stage one. By focusing on more than one key stage it makes the website appealing to a wider target audience.  Within both of these sections I have outlined the key assessment strategies that I have used as a trainee teacher. The main purpose of this section is not just to provide information on what the different strategies are, but is aimed more at providing the practical steps of how the different assessment strategies can be achieved.  To support the different strategies I have also included effective images and  web links to articles, videos and additional readings. Some of the additional readings, videos and articles highlight key issues and debates regarding assessment in primary education.The last page briefly looks at Summative assessment and the role it plays in the early years.

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