In the past few years, the way we think about assessment has undergone a revolution. While previously assessment was bound to the curriculum, now there is a demand for schools to develop assessment systems that are merely driven by it. Despite raising serious challenges, these dramatic changes provide a reason for teachers to evaluate their practice. Simultaneously, the nature of CPD has been reinvigorated in the ‘digital age’, with teachers galvanised by online resources, Twitter and educational blogs. The result? Teachers can take their development into their own hands, and re-professionalise teaching!
Bringing together these two movements, this book provides an opportunity for teachers to grasp what formative assessment means, how it complements the curriculum when used effectively, how to employ it in their classroom and school, and how they can improve their assessment systems and practice within the classroom.
In our opinion? This is a great book for whole secondary schools, or departments within, to improve practice within the school. Using the changes of curriculum and assessment evident in England, the strategies and development ideas can be used in any school where there is a focus on improving the learning outcomes for their students. Summer offers reflective questions, tips and signposts to further explore and develop ideas and is clearly a keen advocate of the social networking opportunities available for teachers using Twitter.