As the group consisted of teachers of levels ranging from Primary One through to pupils in their second year of High School, it was important to decide on a topic of interest which could be applied to all levels. After much discussion, an area of interest to all involved was self-assessment and reflection. As a teacher, I believe pupils must be able to assess their own learning and reflect on what has been learned in order to discover the real-life implications. If pupils understand the real-life implications of what they are learning, it will not only make it more interesting for them but may also increase their ability to retain the information, as they will understand where it fits in outside of the classroom. The creation of the Curriculum for Excellence was based on getting it right for every child. This means finding ways young people can use what they are learning in school, not only to benefit them in exams or tests but also benefit them when they are outside the school environment. Black and William (1998) support this idea and claim it is essential for pupils to take responsibility for part of their own work. Therefore the purpose of this Professional Enquiry is to discover if Exit Passes can be used to make this real-life learning occur.
The aim of this enquiry is to discover if Exit Passes encourage pupils to think about what they have learnt after the lesson is over.