Learning, teaching and assessment should be viewed as a continuous cycle. Assessment is an integral part of the learning process. Careful planning and effective assessment are closely related. Since the purpose of teaching and assessment are the same - namely to help pupils learn – teaching and assessment need to be planned as complementary aspects of one activity. In turn, assessment information should be used to inform the planning process.
In order to have a positive impact, assessment should enable both teachers and pupils to use feedback effectively to improve learning (resulting in decisions and actions for both the teacher and the learner). This is achieved in the short term through ongoing day-to-day interactions between pupils and teachers. In the medium and longer term, improved learning is achieved by regular review, drawing on a full range of evidence to make reliable summative judgements.
In this section you will find practical examples and advice on how to integrate assessment of all types into classroom practice including case studies and resources to support assessment across all key stages.