I have tried to be careful here not to reproduce the mass of material that has been provided by the DCSF as part of the National Strategy and the excellent work of Black and Wiliam in their various publications on the Black Box theme. So you will find no references to traffic lights here. Personally I’d be happy if i never met WALT and WILF again, ever! Having seen how the ludicrously expensive and highly detailed National Strategy for Literacy actually led to a deterioration in standards, we  need to be really careful not to be swept along by what seems to be the latest technique. In the OFSTED Chief Inspector’s report published in December 2013, the idea of mini-plenaries being almost compulsory if you wanted an outstanding lesson grade was given very short shrift. There is no magic formula to teaching and many of the tokenistic approaches to complex problems ( I’m talking lollipop sticks here!) are almost demeaning to highly effective teachers who use more traditional methods.

What you will find are the following summaries and analyses:

  • Assessment for learning some thoughts
  • 5 Core strategies that work
  • Peer assessment, thoughts of an open-minded teacher.  This section also includes
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