Subject leader’s site: assessment and feedback

Primary History article

By Tim Lomas, published 20th February 2021

Assessment and feedback

Very few teachers prefer assessment to teaching yet the latter has little point if there is no way of knowing that what we teach is beneficial to our pupils.  The problem is that there is no such thing as perfect assessment and feedback. For example, you cannot assess everything – assessment would then dominate the whole of teaching and learning. It is also difficult to assess how much individual pupils have actually learnt and how embedded that learning is. Given the constraints, how reliable can assessment be? 

What is the purpose of assessment in history?

Basically if we think history is important as a subject area in the primary curriculum, then it makes no sense to seek no evidence that the children are actually understanding it and achieving something. The starting point is to look at what we think constitutes good history and then consider assessment that is linked to these features...

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