How can new teachers use assessment to enhance their teaching? How can assessment help pupils to learn? What are the arrangements for testing and examinations and the statutory assessment requirements at secondary school level?
This book is aimed at students who are preparing to teach in secondary schools and newly qualified teachers in their induction year. The entire text is devoted to assessment and therefore it is able to offer an in-depth consideration of aspects of assessment that exercise teachers at the beginning of their career. These include the relationship between assessment and learning, how assessment contributes to planning, ways of marking pupils' work, writing reports for parents and meetings with parents. Although it is informed by theory and research, the text has a practical orientation. It provides practical examples for readers to consider in developing their own practices and makes suggestions for activities intended to help beginning teachers to develop their own ideas and insights into assessment. The text is written for a graduate and undergraduate audience and aims to promote a thoughtful, well-informed approach to assessment and critical awareness of issues that arise out of practice.