Let’s talk about assessment

October 20th, 2014

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to an initial meeting of one of the leadership triads formed to bring about real school improvement. It was great to be part of a conversation with headteachers, deputy heads and assistant heads that was about what our students do in their lessons and the impact it has on their learning and their progress. All too often when groups like this meet they end up talking about organisational issues and funding or data and league tables and, whilst those things are important to the successful running of a school, it can feel like a missed opportunity.

Instead, we discussed AfL strategies currently being used in our schools and how we monitor the impact they have on the students. We looked at ways of capturing the impact in order to distil the best practice and mechanisms for sharing our findings across our schools. We also came up with an action plan for the teams of teachers from all stages of their carers across our three schools.

Although it’s still early days for our new School Improvement model, if the quality of conversation and the evident willingness to collaborate is anything to go by, I think we could have much to celebrate by the end of the year.