Since arriving in January, I have tried to share my belief that Motivation + Opportunity + Support + Time = Success
At different stages of the year, we focus on the different aspects of our recipe and ask students to reflect on how their learning behaviours are helping them to find success. (I)GCSE and IB examinations are almost complete. Assessment week is upon us and there have been numerous conversations between teachers and students regarding ‘time’ - what have you done with it and, more importantly, how have you structured it?!
Assessment week starts on Monday, 29 May and teachers have been guiding and supporting the students with their revision plans. When the students head home, the motivation and time elements of our recipe become so important. Study techniques have been shared, methods for managing time have been discussed and topics for revision have been identified. It is now when we see if the students have used their motivation and time well to prepare for assessment week.
Assessment week is a series of summative assessments where the students have one distinct opportunity to demonstrate their current levels of understanding and attainment in each subject – a test. Our learning is also supported and measured by exploring a range of formative assessment methods throughout the year; extended writing, homework tasks, class experiments, presentations and collaborative working groups to name a few. The end of year reports will celebrate overall student progress and attainment based on a combination of both formative assessments which have been conducted throughout the year as well as summative assessments made during assessment week.
We strongly feel that assessment week is valuable for all students. It provides an essential opportunity to practice and refine study habits and revision techniques as well as experience formal examination conditions. The end goal being that all our students will be fully prepared for (I)GCSE and IB examinations ensuring they have the very best opportunity to find success.
To the students – I will not wish you luck because luck can be made through hard work and effort.