Assessment to monitor progress
This week I have had some really good conversations with leaders from the schools we work alongside. As part of a leadership and management program, we are facilitating support visits alongside termly workshops. Each leader involved in the program receives an hour visit each term where time is said aside so they can ‘think’ further about the focus area explored during the workshop.
The workshop in February focused on assessment; what it is, why it is important and the assessment of phonics. During the individual meetings the leaders have wanted to think about how to monitor each child’s progress.
Working together we have developed a phonics assessment booklet. Each child will have a booklet which will illustrate their level of phonics knowledge, and how they can apply this knowledge to reading and spelling. The leaders are keen to develop a system which identifies areas where children are struggling so they can try and consider further ways to support these children.
I continue to be amazed at the commitment of these leaders.
We are in the height of Summer and the times when I have been in the community it has been around 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). No air conditioning, no fans – so very hot – but not one leader has complained. Not one leader wanted to postpone the meeting.
These ladies are making a difference in the contexts where they are working.