Professional Development for Quality Teaching


Self Assessment and Peer-to-Peer Marking

Published: Jul 2020
5 mins


Teachers at St Joseph's College show how they are helping pupils to develop awareness of their own abilities through peer-to-peer assessment, in this secondary CPD resource.

Kathryn Sanders, head of innovation at St Joseph's College, Swindon, is working with a Year 9 English group to get them to analyse their performance in all aspects of their life.

She then asks them to look at a small piece of literature and analyse the writing of their neighbour's work. Students then give feedback to each other and often find that they are achieving at a higher level than they realised.

Kathryn sees this as a vital life skill and important as students prepare for GCSEs and more independent work in the years ahead.

This style works particularly well in English but could be adapted for many subjects, and can be used from Year 7 onwards.

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