Kimberley Devine

Primary Teacher

Newmains Primary School

  • Assessment For Learning

What happens when I introduce self-assessment checklists in my class?


Building the Curriculum 5: A framework for Assessment (2011) explains the aim to create a more effective assessment system which supports greater breadth and depth of learning and a great focus on skills development. I strongly agree that assessment and self-evaluation is highly important for pupils to become owners of their own learning. Hattie (2016) explains that teaching students how to evaluate their own learning is the key of formative assessment.

Self and peer assessment is about revision and improvement. It enables students to independently assess their own and other students’ progress with confidence rather than always relying on teacher judgment. When students self and peer assess, they are actively involved in the learning process and their independence and motivation is improved.

Dylan Wiliam (2006) argues that there are five key strategies that incorporate the grounds of assessment for learning or formative assessment, and he states that if you’re not doing one of the five strategies you’re not doing assessment for learning. The five key strategies are:

  • clarifying and understanding learning intentions and criteria for success
  • engineering effective classroom discussions, questions and tasks that elicit evidence of learning
  • providing feedback that moves learners forward
  • activating students as instructional resources for each other, and
  • activating students as owners of their own learning

The connector between the five strategies is that evidence of student learning is used to adapt teaching and learning to meet student needs and abilities.

As assessment is an area within the curriculum that is widely spoken about, I chose to research assessment in the form of self-assessment checklists. I believe that peer and self-assessments is an extremely important part of teaching and learning. The pupils in my Primary 3/4 composite class have expressed their enjoyment and interest in the various assessment strategies that have been implemented in the classroom.


The aim of the enquiry was to explore the value of a self-assessment checklist in the classroom and the impact on the children’s learning.

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