In AifL assessment is used as a tool for learning. It promotes a dialogue between teacher and learner which is based on thoughtful questions, careful listening and reflective responses. It emphasises the role of assessment in supporting learning and in identifying strengths and next steps. Good formative assessment is important in informing the next steps for both pupil and teacher.

The aspects of AifL that have been identified as the focus of our development as a school are:

1. Self and Peer assessment
• promotes a greater grasp of what is to be learned
• links learning to success criteria
• encourages higher order thinking (analysis, synthesis etc.)

2. Personal Learning Planning
• encourages pupils to think and talk about learning
• encourages pupils to recognise how they might improve the quality of their work.
• encourages pupils to be actively involved in decisions about their learning and their next steps.