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By Christine Jenkinseducation writer

Involving children in planning and assessing their own learning can result in them being far more engaged in the classroom

AFL

While the future of Assessment for Learning (AfL) may be in doubt under the coalition government, it appears that officially-recognised formative assessment is here to stay. The Cambridge Primary Review states that ‘…formative use was possibly the single aspect of assessment for which there was unanimous support from all sources of evidence in the Review.’

Formative assessment is not just a list of techniques or a new magic formula, but a whole classroom ethos. At the heart is the shared understanding among children and teachers that to learn, everyone needs to be ‘on board’.

Pre-planning

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