Beyond levels: alternative assessment approaches developed by teaching schools
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Julie Lilly, Alison Peacock, Sue Shoveller and Dr d’Reen Struthers

This report summarises research carried out by 34 teaching school alliances across the country, exploring alternative approaches to assessment. The research provides further support for formative assessment, and especially the benefits of such assessment when it enables pupils to take ownership of their learning and progress.

It also recommends a culture shift regarding the nature, range and purpose of assessment and a recognition of the new opportunities provided by the new curriculum and removal of levels.

From the research three main priorities emerged for developing assessment at school level: the development of assessment tools to support individual progress; the development of assessment tools to capture and record progress; and the use of technology to track attainment and progress. 

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Julie Lilly, Alison Peacock, Sue Shoveller and Dr d’Reen Struthers

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National College for Teaching and Leadership

Date of publication:
September 2014

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This review of different assessment tools for supporting and capturing pupil progress in light of the new curriculum may be of particular use to educators with responsibility for developing and setting assessment. 

Qualitative data and case studies.


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R275 / 379
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