Peering Into Peer Assessment

#UKEdChat session 480 –  Assessment is central to the art of teaching and is what makes a successful series of lessons and the effective scaffolding ideas over the course of a topic possible. Accurate ongoing assessment allows a skilled teacher to make micro-adjustments to the lesson as it unfolds, or completely rip up the next lesson plan if it is deemed necessary.

Peer assessment can have a different, but complementary role. Firstly, with the best will in the world, a teacher can only get snatches of incite into the understanding of each pupil in the class as the lesson is happening, whereas peer assessment allows one-to-one assessment and potentially real-time personalised feedback on learning.

Yet there are possible pitfalls. An experienced teacher can focus on key indicators to assess quickly and accurately, which pupils are less able to do.

In this #UKEdChat discussion, taking place on Twitter on Thursday 21st November 2019 at 8pm(UK), we will discuss how peer assessment is currently used in schools, what are the potential pitfalls, and how peer assessment can complement teacher assessment in driving learning forward.


  1. What does peer assessment look like in your classroom?
  2. How does peer assessment differ from teacher assessment?
  3. Does peer assessment complement teacher assessment, and if so, how?
  4. What training of pupils do you do to ensure the assessment from peers is effective, and should this be tackled at the whole-school level?
  5. What are the potential pitfalls of peer assessment?
  6. What role can technology play in peer assessment?
  7. How is peer assessment communicated back to the teacher to inform future planning?
  8. What is the role of peer assessment among teachers, and how could it be improved?

Click here to view the tweet archive.

Chat Participants:

You need to or Register to bookmark/favorite this content.

About @ICTmagic 753 Articles
Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.