Best Practice

Case study: Getting pupils to talk about their learning

How can we encourage children to reflect on and talk about their learning? Andrew Simpson discusses the lessons learned from his school’s work to encourage pupil talk about learning

Children talking through lessons is not always what we want in a busy primary school, but for the past three years this has actually been one of our priorities!

More precisely, we wanted to develop their ability in talking about their learning. One of the big motivations for this work was Ofsted’s 2019 Education Inspection Framework (EIF), which shifted the focus for schools from collecting data demonstrating progress to understanding each child in terms of where they are and where they need to go next.

Although daunting, I welcomed the changes contained within the EIF. It gave us the freedom to develop our own assessment framework and to reduce the amount of “tick box” assessment that had previously been commonplace.

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