Time is our most precious commodity and it is often in short supply. In this series, Adam Riches looks at how we can change common practices to help save time and improve teaching and learning. Here he focuses on summative assessment

Assessing students has always been a key part of the learning process and there is no doubt that, alongside checking for understanding while teaching is taking place, there also needs to be a point at which understanding is formally assessed.

With the move to terminal assessments for exams, teachers need to ensure that students are making progress towards achieving well and that we have built up their experience and resilience to cope with the pressure of these examinations.

However, how do we best prepare students for their examinations? We must weigh up the usefulness of summative assessment during the learning journey against the increase in workload that it creates and find the right balance.

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