Recently, Miss Johnson and Mrs Aldridge attended the ‘Effective Assessment to Support Progress in Reception’ conference in Birmingham.
Here are Miss Johnson’s highlights from the day:
Mrs Aldridge and I recently attended a one-day national conference in Birmingham. The conference focused on effective assessment in Reception, but also covered a wide range of other topics such as: transition, working with parents, tracking progress and interaction.
Throughout the day we were lucky enough to have a wide range of experienced Early Years speakers, Vicky Hutchin (Independent Early Years Consultant) and Linda Tallent (Learning and Training Consultancy) to name a few. Each speaker offered their expertise on a range of topics and shared a variety of resources that could be used to help improve current early years practise.
I chose to attend the ‘Transition’, ‘Observation’ and ‘Tracking Progress’ workshops. Each workshop provided me with the opportunity to extend and enhance my current knowledge, magpie a range of new ideas and converse with other early years professionals. I especially found the â€˜Tracking Progressâ€™ workshop useful. It was highlighted during this workshop that in-house moderation was essential in order to ensure that all members of staff were assessing childrenâ€™s progress accurately and fairly. We were all provided with an in-house moderation template which could be used to record the discussions and judgements made. The Early Years Team has now implemented this moderation process and has to date moderated reading, writing and mathematics. We have found the template an extremely useful and easy to use tool to document that in-house moderation is actively taking place at our school. It has also provided staff with the opportunity to share evidence, discuss next steps and assess individual childrens learning.
In conclusion, Mrs Aldridge and I found the conference extremely useful as it provided us with the opportunity to develop our own professional development as Early Years teachers.