How to use assessment grids

I am passionate about using assessment grids for 3 reasons:

  1. Students are clear of the assessment criteria- this helps support their progress and dialogue about their progress.
  2. It supports moderation between teachers, ensuring the team know the focus of the assessment.
  3. It speeds up marking.

Some images of the ones we use in geography are below:

However there are many different formats/ layouts/ techniques that can be used, and you need to select which is best for your needs, assessment systems and subject area. However you design them, these are my top tips for creating your own assessment grids:

  1. Link to the grade scheme you use (whether that be GCSE or your life without levels).
  2. Make sure they are in student friendly language.
  3. Make them specific to the assessment- a “one size fits all” just is not student friendly- there are far too many strands that we all assess on- it ends up becoming a confusing and unclear document which confuses staff and pupils alike.
  4. Include peer/ self assessment- this gets students engaging with the criteria and reduces workload!
  5. Include an area for DIRT/ improvement tasks- you can clearly see how students have engaged in your marking and how they have made progress!
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