Remote learning: how 5 primary schools use formative assessment in live lessons

From gamified quizzes to treasure-coin rubrics, see if the approaches these primary schools are using could help you check pupils’ understanding during live lessons.

Last reviewed on 16 February 2021
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  1. Adapting normal practice for remote learning
  2. Quick quizzes to check knowledge and adapt lessons if needed
  3. Comparing engagement during live lessons to the quality of work submitted    
  4. 3 free tools schools are using to take formative assessment further  

Our thanks to the 5 schools that contributed to this article - find out more about them at the bottom of this page. 

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Adapting normal practice for remote learning

It's not always necessary to reinvent the wheel if your normal formative assessment method could still work remotely.

Staff at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary in Norwich keep as much familiarity as possible in their lessons by using ‘rubrics’, a concept pupils are already familiar with, to achieve an ongoing dialogue around continuous assessment.

Using rubrics remotely to make formative assessment fun 

At St Francis of Assisi, staff have turned success criteria into gold coins and explained these success criteria clearly - pupils in years 1 and 2 know they’re on the hunt for treasure when thinking about their own work, and what they need to do to