Within our group an area of interest for enquiry was the use of formative assessment strategies. Formative assessment is an intrinsic part of the learning process and The Scottish Government in Building the Curriculum 5 (2011) emphasise the importance of pupils developing skills to support lifelong learning through an ability to reflect on their own learning. By developing peer and self-assessment skills pupils have greater self-awareness and therefore an increased likelihood of success (Black and Wiliam, 1998). Fisher (2009, p178) points to the development of metacognition or self-awareness as being, “probably the most important aspect of human intelligence”. Therefore, supporting pupil’s development in relation to their ability to reflect plays a vitally important part in them developing as learners. After discussion the decision was reached to focus on the use of self-assessment with a particular focus on the use of exit passes.
The aim of the enquiry was to explore and evaluate the use of exit passes as a tool to develop self-assessment skills.