Assessment for Learning

AFL Learning Toolkit 2017/18

Dear parents,

Research shows us that children progress best at school when they are taught not only the skills and knowledge content of the national curriculum, but are also taught the skills required to be good learners. This is sometimes known as “learning to learn”, or in the official language of education as “Assessment For Learning” (AFL). This learning-about-learning means developing the skills to understand yourself as a learner, knowing how you learn best, cultivating strategies for overcoming difficulties, appraising your progress against targets, and taking responsibility for your own personal development.

It was for this reason, you will remember, that we introduced our “learning toolkit” last year. The toolkit is a set of principles that we believe help our children to become better learners. They are life skills that can, and should, be applied to any learning situation, both within and outside of the school context.

This year, we have reviewed the learning toolkit, and are updating and refining it on the basis of our evaluation of our successes last year, to make sure we are best meeting the needs of learners. We have also made the principles easier for the children to remember by creating cartoon characters to personify each idea. For this, we owe a huge thank you to Mr McPhee for his work on the images!

This year, our principles are:


Using your brain, planning ahead, thinking things through, looking for ways to improve;


Sharing ideas and working together;


Thinking for yourself, taking responsibility for making decisions, not waiting to be told what to do;


Wanting to succeed, trying hard,not giving up in the face of difficulties;


Asking questions, finding things out.

We hope that parents, teachers and pupils will continue using these principles to talk meaningfully together about their learning and development, both at home and at school.

You can help us to achieve this aim by using these terms in your own discussions with your children, whether you are talking about their school work, achievement in sports or clubs, social skills, or any other subject.

Children who are equipped with the vocabulary to talk meaningfully about their learning perform better at school!

Kind regards,
Mr Potter