Assessment for Learning – Peer and Self-Assessment

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Why peer and self-assessment matter and how to successfully embed strategies into classroom practice

About this module:

In this module, we will remind ourselves of the importance of assessment for learning in general and how peer and self-assessment are central to effective assessment for learning strategies. We will consider some of the misconceptions surrounding the use of peer and self-assessment and address these by reviewing evidence of the benefits of these strategies when effectively implemented. The module will introduce a range of practical peer and self-assessment activities that can be used as a starting point for incorporating into planning as well as prompting you to consider the conditions you’ll need to create to ensure these are successfully introduced and embedded.

You will be invited to reflect on your current use of assessment for learning and refine your own practice in context, within, between and beyond the sessions.

This module is suitable for teachers and classroom practitioners of all subjects in particular in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 however, with further reflection the activities can be adapted to all phases.

Session One: The evidence behind peer and self-assessment will explore:

  • Research and evidence demonstrating the importance and benefits of peer and self-assessment.
  • How to successfully implement peer-assessment effectively.
  • How to use self-assessment effectively.

Session Two: Putting peer and self-assessment into practice will explore:

  • Suggested guidelines for introducing peer and self-assessment.
  • Examples of peer-assessment activities for enhancing assessment practices.
  • Examples of self-assessment activities for enhancing assessment practices.
What you will learn:
  • The benefits of peer and self-assessment.
  • How to put these strategies into practice effectively.
  • The role of metacognition in peer and self-assessment.
  • A range of different activities that can be used to introduce or enhance peer and self-assessment practice.