AFL in Dene Magna English Department. Closing the Gap…a brief history….
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We have been focusing on AFL for four years now and have developed numerous strategies to “Close the Gap”. We believe in our department that AFL should be at the centre of everything we do. What follows is how we have developed and enhanced AFL in the English department at Dene Magna
We felt the best way to approach assessment of writing was as follows:
Highlight one good feature of the writing in yellow and one area for improvement in green (relating to the learning objective)
Then extend an arrow to the nearest space and write a prompt for the student to help them to make a focused improvement – it could be in the form of a question, an example or a sentence starter / writing frame. It may be appropriate to simply highlight and encourage them to figure out strengths / areas for improvement themselves.
Give the work back to them and get them to write a focused improvement. They may be encouraged to write a synopsis of how they improved their work.
This has made a big difference to the way students are assessing their work and engaging with their progress
In Year 7 we are rolling out a new skills based/competence Curriculum with phased units and students choosing how they will be assessed
They are currently working on a Competency project with Creative Partnerships that will also enable them to develop their assessment of their Speaking and Listening skills
We are piloting an e-mark book for Year 7s to use so that both the students and parents can access this whenever they want
Year 9 are developing their knowledge and understanding of the Assessment focuses and we are using APP tasks and ongoing progress in Reading and Writing sheets to help them understand what they need to do to progress
We have just started to look at how we can use Responding to assess and give effective feedback through our VLE
Each Lead Teacher has undertaken a project of their own choosing and these range from piloting e-mark books to developing an AFL wikispace.
In my department we are looking at the AFL experience for Year 7s. In short, I want to know that every Year 7 has a firm knowledge and understanding of their NC Level for Reading and Writing and how to progress to the next Level. What can we do to create a new generation of AFL-ers who are taking responsibility for and in charge of their assessment.