Outstanding Formative Assessment

High Quality ideas & practical strategies for excellence

teach primary awards shortlistedCreate an environment where pupils can become active learners, constant reviewers and self-assessors.

  • Establish a learning culture involving pupils in planning and talk partners. 
  • Start lessons more effectively with question and activity starts, setting learning objectives and pupil-generated success criteria. 
  • Encourage reflection and improvement through questioning with self-peer and teacher feedback and marking.
  • Summarise learning with effective ends to lessons and encourage excellence with a focus on writing. 
  • Develop a whole-school approach, with stories from outstanding schools, including lesson study, assessment policies and staff development.


Shirley Clarke

Shirley Clarke is a leading expert on formative assessment and much in demand as an education consultant, in the UK and Internationally. 

An experienced primary teacher, advisory teacher and popular speaker, she runs numerous local and regional training courses on classroom assessment. 

Her courses for teachers and the work with her many action research teams give her a down-to-earth perspective on day-to-day classroom realities, which is reflected in all her books. 

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