Book: Essential guides for early career teachers: Assessment, by Alys Finch published by @CriticalPub

Published by Critical Publishing

Essential guides for early career teachers: Assessment













  • This book is a great reference point for NQT's or early year teachers who want to develop assessment strategies in their classroom.
  • The book offers background into the assessment cultures within schools, offering a context on the importance of getting it right.
  • A reflective tone throughout the book allows individuals the opportunity to explore how they approach assessments in the classroom, with ideas on improvement.
  • The book points to further reading and references are offered to point the reader to more ideas and resources.
  • Encourages teachers to reflect upon their practice through different lenses to appreciate the opportunities and challenges for everyone in the classroom.

Even with the best training available, nothing really prepares newly qualified teachers for real life in the classroom. Once the safety blanket is removed, many new teachers thrive supporting and overlooking the development of the young students. Despite the joys of the job, some aspects can remain difficult to grasp, with one main area pivotal to the teaching role – assessment.

In her book, Alys Finch has provided an accessible, carefully researched, quick read for early career teachers exploring how assessment can be undertaken effectively, constructively, and offering progression for young people. The first chapter offers the reader an overview of how important assessments in education has become before allowing for an opportunity to reflect on lessons and key questions to assess how well assessment is done within your own practice.

In the subsequent chapters, the book explores “backwards planning “that can help prepare effective assessments within a unit of work. Later in the book, the chapter imaginatively explores capturing progress, looking at what lies behind the spreadsheet! Clearly, spreadsheets are very important to senior leaders and managers within a school, so exploring how teachers can use spreadsheets to help inform gaps or progress can only be a good thing – right?

This book is a great reference point for newly qualified or early career teachers who want guidance and confidence to develop strong assessment strategies in the classroom. Throughout the book recognises that assessments can and should be at the heart of enabling and accelerating the progress of all pupils, And is a really useful quick read to help improve strategies, inform planning, and reflection.

*RRP, correct at time of publication. Review and ratings independently compiled by Colin HillSupported by Critical Publishing

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