Assessment for living

A holistic approach to assessment can transform parents' evenings by putting parents at the heart of the assessment process.

Photo of Joe
4 0

Written by

Kingstone School of Creativity in Barnsley (now Horizon Community College) ran a successful 'assessment for living' programme for five years – culminating in an alternative parents' evening where each young person presents to peers, parents and others on their progress and future plans. Headteacher Matthew Milburn aimed to "create a curriculum and assessment process that genuinely nurtures human development and enables young people to come to terms with who they are and how they relate to others".

At parents' evenings, each student gave a short presentation to outline his/her progress, next steps, and future career choices. Where possible, a mentor and/or local employer also attended these sessions, and all adults involved gave feedback to the pupil. As a result of this discussion, the young person agreed some targets for the year ahead. 

See more about assessment for living here.

[Optional] Synthesize a little! In one sentence, describe something you learned from your empathy exercises or analogous research.

We need to trust and value parents' expertise as partners in learning.


Join the conversation:

Photo of Clint Heitz

Joe - If you'd be willing, I would greatly appreciate your support for Guideposts to Success by heading to the post and leaving a positive evaluation, as well as suggestions to grow the idea even more! Thank you! 

View all comments