What effect does assessment have on children?

Jen is concerned about the increasing burden of assessment on children, as her child moves from nursery to primary school.

Dr Tina Isaacs argues that assessment has benefits for children but it is the adults who are more anxious about it.  She talks about assessment in primary schools and also at the secondary stages.  She explains how and when testing matters for children and for teachers and schools.


Teaching Practice

Does setting help children to learn?

As Dawn reflects on her child’s experience of primary school, she asks about setting or streaming in primary schools.  Politicians are enthusiastic but how does it affect those children who are not top of the class?

Professor Sue Hallam talks about the practice of setting and how it affects children of all abilities.