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R9C3 Consequence: Do assessment outcomes lead towards recognised qualifications and a confident sense of personal identity?

At the end of the day, teachers need to consider whether or not they have been able to enrich the...

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Andrew Pollard
5 May 2010

At the end of the day, teachers need to consider whether or not they have been able to enrich the lives of the learners in their care and increased learners’ life chances. 

Are they better able to acquire the qualifications they will one day need to enter the labour market? We need to be sure that new knowledge, understanding and skills are secure. In national curriculum terms, pupils may have moved through various levels of attainment – but we may also be able to detect and celebrate other achievements. It is crucial, of course, that all students acquire good basic skills before they leave school.

Have they developed more self-confidence and a stronger sense of personal identity? Education has sometimes been characterised as the process of ‘becoming’ a person, and it is certainly important to affirm the role of teachers in facilitating the emergence of confident individuals and future citizens (see TLRP’s Learning Lives project: Biesta et al, 2010). 

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