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Understanding Assessment in Primary Education

Understanding Assessment in Primary Education

  • Sue Faragher - Headteacher, Al Basma British School, Abu Dhabi

October 2014 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Understanding assessment and being able to use it effectively is at the heart of successful primary teaching. Aware of current policy and research, this book looks at the role and purpose of assessment within education, as well as providing detailed practical guidance on the main types of classroom assessment, including formative, summative, formal and informal methods.

Real classroom examples and activities illustrate the practical uses, benefits, and limitations of each form of assessment, enabling you to feel confident about implementing these strategies in your own teaching.

Coverage includes:

  • The assessment planning cycle
  • Innovative forms of assessment, including portfolios, debates, role play and mind mapping
  • Assessment of learners with diverse needs, including SEN and EAL
  • The use of technology in assessment
  • Engaging children through self-assessment and peer-assessment

This is essential reading for all primary initial teacher education courses, including university-based (PGCE, PGDE, BA QTS, BEd), school-based (SCITT, School Direct, Teach First) and employment-based routes into teaching, and beginning teachers.

Sue Faragher is Head of Al Basma British School, a large private school in Abu Dhabi.

Introduction to Assessment
Assessment within National and International Contexts
Assessing the progress of pupils
Learning Through Assessment
Self Assessment/Peer Assessment
Using Observations
Using Mind Mapping
Using Questioning and Debates
Reports, Role Play, Posters and Portfolios
The Use of ICT in assessment
Assessing pupils with SEN including EAL pupils

'Assessment is a core tool of every teacher’s practice; this book enables the reflective practitioner to develop a critical understanding of assessment with the confidence to implement it productively in their teaching in order to have an impact on children’s learning.'

Robert Morgan
Principal Lecturer in Primary Education & Partnership Coordinator, University of Greenwich

Combines theory and practice. Th book will support trainee teacher with their academic assignments and practice in the class room

Dr Julie Brierley
Education , university of Hull
November 5, 2015

clear comprehensive overview of assessment in primary schools

Julia Holden
Department Of Primary Education, Leeds Trinity University
December 8, 2015

A general text on assessment which will help to deepen student knowledge and understanding. Useful chapter on alternative methods of assessing pupils enabling students to widen their assessment methods used on school placement. Chapter on self and peer assessment is another area that will support student learning.

Mrs Alison Carney
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
April 29, 2015

An excellent source of information for student teachers. This book has been used by those embarking on a school experience and to support module content.

Mrs Sarah Martin-Denham
Education , Sunderland University
April 21, 2015

A timely consideration of assessment and yts role in primary education.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
March 19, 2015

An easy to access resource for our trainees as they look to widen their reading on the role of assessment in schools.

Mrs Alison Carney
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
June 6, 2016

This is a good book , exploring different assessment tools and ways to assess effectively.

Mrs Gill Fry
Education, Havering College of FE & HE
February 16, 2015

Love this. Will be on recommended reading for this year.

Mrs Jan Gourd
Faculty of Education, University of St Mark & St John
December 19, 2014

This will be used to get the students reading independently and widely on the idea of assessment to inform learning as it has useful ideas expressed in a straightforward manner.

Ms Susan Lane
Department of Education, Bedfordshire University
December 17, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction to Assessment