Assessment and recording achievement
An important and integral aspect of your work in teaching will be the assessment of your students. In England and Wales in particular, assessment has been the focus of increased interest, and indeed reform, during the past fifteen years or more. These changes have been reflected in an increased emphasis on assessment at each of the key stages of the National Curriculum, and through similar reforms in the area of vocational qualifications and occupational training standards. As we write, a review is being conducted of Curriculum 2000 focusing in particular on the burden of assessment. Assessment is not only a mandatory requirement of examining and validating bodies, for whose qualifications you are preparing students, but you will need to assess in order to maintain a record of students’ progress and to assist them in planning their own learning.