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Five ways to measure pupil progress in the classroom and online

With remote learning likely to continue to play a key role in education, former headteacher Michael Harpham suggests five different ways that teachers can measure progress, both in the classroom and online

When I was a headteacher, during teacher interviews, I always asked the question: “If I walked into your classroom, how would I see progress being made?”

These days, that question would have to also include the words “and online”. In this article, I would like to explain how teachers can measure progress in the classroom and remotely in five different ways.

Explicitly share the success criteria at the start of a project, so students fully understand, from the outset, what success in demonstrating their skills looks like in the classroom or at home

Following on from Professor Guy Claxton’s recent article in these pages (Claxton, 2020) advocating both skills and knowledge development in schools, I would suggest adding accuracy, pupil resilience and independent learning as methods of measuring pupil progress, both inside the classroom and remotely.

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