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Assessment

Our enhanced assessment tools are available to SCARF subscribers from August 2018.

These have been designed to work alongside the themes of the SCARF half termly units of lesson plans or can be used more flexibly, according to your school's requirements.

The enhanced tools will help you to implement best-practice in assessment, as set out by the PSHE Association's guidance, which states that:

"Assessment in PSHE education should not be about levels or grades, passing or failing. The model of assessment that is most meaningful is ipsative assessment. This compares the pupil’s results against his or her previous results in a similar way to an athlete measuring today’s performance against their previous performance. So the benchmark against which progress is measured is the pupil’s own starting point; not the performance of others or the requirements of an exam syllabus. "

(PSHE Association's Guidance to Assessment for Learning and Progression).

To ensure that you can tailor assessment to your school's needs, we've devised three separate strands. Choose just one, or a  combination of these - whichever works best for you.

SCARF Progress

Enables you and the child to see progress that has been made over the course of each half-termly unit of lesson plans, if you choose to follow these. For each unit there is a specially designed pre and post unit assessment activity. Conducted twice, this first determines the baseline; it's then repeated at the end of the unit, enabling you to monitor each child’s progress, record key points and identify areas for further development.

SCARF success

Our end of unit assessment tool, SCARF success provides succinct 'I can' statements, summarising learning against each unit's key learning outcomes. Working alongside the suggested half-termly lesson plan units, SCARF success helps you to keep the whole year's PSHE and Wellbeing assessment records in one place. You can choose whether to use the success criteria for a whole class or for each child.

Wearing my SCARF

Provides inspiring tools to encourage children’s personal reflection on their learning; a place for them to record what they found helpful, though-provoking, challenging and where their learning might take them to next. All that you need to help children reflect on and record their PSHE and Wellbeing-related learning journeys, whatever order you choose for your SCARF lesson plans.

Find more details of all three SCARF assessment tools here.

Not following the SCARF suggested half-termly units? 

If you want to organise your lesson plans differently from the suggested half-termly units, then SCARF progress and SCARF success will, nevertheless, provide you with best-practice models of assessment tools, and can be adapted to fit your chosen sequences of lesson plans. And the Wearing my SCARF personal reflection tools will work with any way of organising SCARF lessons.

Finally, the Teaching and Learning section includes Assessment for Learning forms to record children's learning in our Educator-led sessions.

These will help you to determine the follow-up, review and consolidation work that can be done after the visit. SCARF materials will help you to do this effectively.

If you are one of the 20,000+ SCARF subcribers your Educator will be getting in touch in the Autumn term to let you know more about the enhanced SCARF Assessment tools.