It’s been great working on assessment with so many schools across the LA (and beyond) over the last year or so. Being part of the PLC has meant I get to be engaged with the dialogue about the requirements, principles and issues that these schools are tussling with. I’ve also had the pleasure of being invited to meet with school leaders who have been busy developing their approaches to assessment beyond levels (many of them influenced by the ideas and materials signposted by the PLC through this website) and who want to talk through what they’ve come up with and how they are introducing new systems.
I’m delighted to be able to share case studies from three RBWM schools. The authors have very kindly summarised their research and development work and are happy for local colleagues to contact them for further discussion if you’d like to know more. All three schools will be attending the ‘Assessment Beyond Levels’ conference next month.
The Queen Anne First School is a member of the PLC and has been developing an approach that was originally inspired by a visit to Wroxham School and incorporates use of facilitating technology to capture evidence and the Hiltingbury Learning Ladders to support the identification of next steps. Judith Street and Jo Gill have provided an overview.
Geodel Wright, Head of English at St Edward’s Royal Free Middle School (another PLC member), has created a series of ‘Progression Pathways’ for reading and writing that follow a ‘Growth & Thresholds’ structure. She outlines her approach and rationale here, with some examples of ‘Progression Pathways.’
Alison Penny, Headteacher at Woodlands Park Primary, has developed a school-wide tracking system for reading, writing and maths alongside a greater focus on developing high-quality learning behaviours that transcend across subject areas. She has compiled an engaging and thoughtful account of the school’s journey so far, with some sample resources in her case study.
My thanks to these colleagues who are happy to share their thinking and the approaches in development at their schools, in the spirit of collaborative professional learning. More to come soon!