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Don't Feed Back, Feed Forward

03 november 2017

The world’s leading expert on academic assessment, Prof Dylan Wiliam, has created a monster. Or so he says nowadays. When he wrote his world-changing text over 20 years ago, he said that all teachers must provide great feedback. Now he says he wishes he had never said that at all, because what is important is that we learn and actually change things as a result of our feed back. So he wishes he had called it feed forward, not feed back.

  • Y6 Showcase

Today we hosted many parents from all our Year 6 classes for the first of our Da Vinci Centre ‘STEAM Showcases’. It was a great event, very well organized by Mr Jarrett and his great team of Year 6 teachers and wonderfully supported by all the students’ parents. Of course, centre stage were the students themselves and in particular their learning.

During their studies in Science, Technology, Engineering,  Arts and Maths the students have been learning to apply skills, wrestle with real problems, create innovation and imaginative solutions and articulate their understanding.

Parents were amazed witnesses to all of this great learning, so wonderfully showcased. Their comments filled us with pride and enthusiasm, “It is great to see their learning”, “I really understood the school’s teaching method”, “I was very impressed to see the activities the children are participating in,” and “I see children with huge smiles and full of enthusiasm - well done Yr6!”

Taking pride of place however, was the children’s ability to describe what they were learning. This include when things had gone wrong and what adjustments they had had to make, sometimes including going back to the ‘drawing board’. This ability to talk about their learning journey is an integral part to every great learner; that opportunity taken to reflect and become self aware is what makes a lesson truly ‘stick’ in our consciousness.

So, if you have a primary aged child at our school, look forward to your showcase learning experience coming soon, and if you have a secondary aged child brace yourself for the imminent opening of our incredible secondary STEAM centre. The great thing is, the children’s learning at BISS goes from strength to strength, that’s the beauty of feeding forward!

Dr Neil Hopkin FRSA

Principal