Written under the guidance and with the support of Dylan Wiliam, Kate Jones writes about five formative assessment strategies in action in the classroom, with a foreword from Professor John Hattie. Building on the highly successful work of Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy, ideas are shared and misconceptions with formative assessment are addressed with lots of practical advice. Formative assessment in action focuses on five evidence-informed strategies that the teacher can use to support their learners to make progress. Formative assessment can help both the teacher and student understand what needs to be learned and how this can be achieved. During the learning process, formative assessment can identify students' progress as well as highlighting gaps in their knowledge and understanding, therefore giving the teacher useful insight as to what feedback and instruction can be provided to continue to move learners forward. Formative assessment takes place during the learning process. It continually informs the teacher and student as to how learning can move forward as it is happening. This is different to summative assessment, which focuses on the evaluation of student learning at the end of the process. There's a range of case studies from different subjects and key stages to show how formative assessment can be embedded across a curriculum successfully.
Kate Jones is Head of History at The British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Originally from Wrexham in North Wales, Kate taught in the UK for six years at Elfed High School before relocating to the UAE in 2016. Kate is also a lead practitioner, specialising in teaching and learning. She provides regular training for educators and leaders both in the UK and internationally. Kate has spoken at various educational conferences around the world and is also the author of Love to Teach: Research and Resources for Every Classroom (2018), Retrieval Practice: Research & Resources for Every Classroom (2019), Retrieval Practice 2: Implementing, embedding & reflecting (2021), and Retrieval Practice: Resource Guide (2021). You can subscribe and listen to her podcast 'The Love To Teach Podcast' on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast providers. To find out more you can visit her educational website lovetoteach87.com. Kate tweets @87history and is on Instagram @lovetoteach87.