Marking and assessment

Blair Paterson gives his top tips to future probationers about marking and assessment.
  1. Speak to your mentor about what systems are in place for assessment - is there a whole school policy in place? Your mentor should be able to advise you on this, being your first point of contact as a probationer.
  2. Be up to date with Assessment is for Learning - this is the most important strategy you will use in reporting and recording assessment this year. Be aware of the strategies.  
  3. Use your 0.3 to observe teaches using these strategies - watching colleagues is by far one of the best ways I have used my 0.3 time this year.
  4. Get the pupils highly involved in this - I regularly have pupils peer assessing and peer marking their work. It allows you to observe how they are doing there and then, and also avoids the dreaded pile of marking at the end of the day.
  5. Be selective with detailed marking. For example, in writing lessons, I will assess half the pupil's work, with the other half assessed by the pupils themselves. This allows them to be more actively involved in their learning.
  6. Talk to the pupils about assessment and marking - discuss and explain the different formative assessment strategies - find out what they think and if they think it helpful.

My key tip would be to have the pupils involved - by making them more involved, they are taking more ownership over their learning, which leads to increased motivation in the classroom.