Shauna Thomson

Primary Teacher

Dykehead Primary

  • Assessment For Learning

What happens when I introduce the peer-assessment technique ‘two stars and a wish’?


Assessment for learning has become a vital aspect of teaching and learning in Scottish Education in recent years. Curriculum for Excellence recognises assessment as being important in providing feedback on children’s achievements and identifying their next steps in learning (Scottish Government, 2011). A component of assessment is peer-assessment which involves pupils taking responsibility for assessing other students work. One advantage of using peer assessment can be pupils increased engagement within their work as they become the assessor which can, in turn, increase their understanding of the success criteria of the lesson. A similar benefit within the classroom is an increase in pupils’ confidence as they become owners of their own learning by assessing and comparing others work (Race, 2001). When choosing an area of focus, as a cross-sector group, we identified a common area of interest in peer assessment and decided to use the peer-assessment technique of 2 stars and a wish. This technique is a great way of allowing children to examine their own achievement and continually improve their work. This enquiry will examine the connections between using the peer-assessment technique and the children’s achievement.


The aim of this enquiry is to evaluate the success of using the peer-assessment technique 2 stars and a wish to improve the achievement and engagement of children in their learning in literacy in the primary classroom.

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