Teaching Methods

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what role the Assessing Pupil Progress approach has in the implementation of his Department's policy on personalised learning; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, PPS (Rt Hon Geoff Hoon, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

Teachers themselves are best placed to decide how to personalise their teaching and to select appropriate interventions from a range of approaches and support mechanisms. The Department will publish practical guidance on personalising learning for school leaders, School Improvement Partners and teachers in November. The Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP) materials provide teachers with an effective tool to help them form robust judgments about pupils' progression through national curriculum levels and sub-levels. Teachers are able to see a pupil's relative strengths and weaknesses and it is this diagnostic potential of APP, linked to clear routes for progression through the levels, which enables teachers to personalise teaching to address pupils' strengths and weaknesses, and so support them to make the best possible progression.

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