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The circle of (school) life

Posted on: 23 Nov 2016 by Weston Green School

School life can seem quite cyclical: although our week is often punctuated by a special event, in essence we follow the same timetable each week, with the same subjects being taught at the same time by the same person in the same place; the termly pattern itself revolves around that weekly cycle and within it comes the time of assessment, meetings and reporting. This pattern of school is important: it not only gives us a structure which often reflects the world of work but it allows us to plan for occasions when it is timely to review, reflect and report: this last week was one such time and I hope it was valuable to you.

‘Why formal assessment?’, some may ask. We believe that creating such opportunities for the children not only allows us to compare class performance with more independent work but also begins to develop that exam technique along with the resilience and smart thinking which will carry children beyond any nerves to their best performance in external testing. It has therefore been a vital exercise and one which will bear rich fruit, which may be best seen be in its fullest form in those demanding 11+ exams. Process, practice, progress, performance – it is a pattern through which we hope the children will truly become their best selves.

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