Think Pack - Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Developing and Embedding Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities


A rubric is a tool, similar to a mark scheme, which you can use to support assessment. It sets out the range of qualities seen across work, from unacceptable to excellent.

The rubric expands on success criteria by detailing what performances will look like along a continuum. These are typically ranked from beginner to expert, although you can choose any names suitable to the task.

The class taking the assessment follows the rubric as they plan and complete their work. The rubric gives them better understanding of what their work should demonstrate to succeed.

As pupils use rubrics to gauge the quality of their work, they are introduced to the standards that apply in the subject they are studying.

By sharing what's expected, rubrics help pupils to make judgements about their work both in progress and as a completed piece.

Drafting a rubric means anticipating what you want your pupils to be able to do, and so helps with planning and formative assessment.

Using Rubrics to Assess TS&PCs

These downloadable materials have three sections:

  • General Material on Rubrics
  • Rubrics and the TS&PCs and
  • Rubrics for the Strands of the TS&PCs Framework

Rubrics for the strands are general. They are also provided in simpler language for pupils.

Drawing up a rubric that includes criteria on TS&PCs that lessons have focused on can be an effective way to gather information about your pupils' progress. As you observe pupil performances, you can use a rubric as a quick checklist to monitor their work and gauge individual progress. As well as providing important formative feedback, these observations can inform your assessment and reporting of pupil progress in terms of the TS&PCs and subject learning.

The materials available to download review the general principles of using rubrics and suggest ways you can apply these when assessing the TS&PCs. You can access a pre-recorded webinar on rubrics from the Webinars section of this web area.