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Saturday March 30, 2019 - Saturday March 30, 2019

09:30 - 15:30

University of Northampton Waterside Campus

University Drive. Northampton, NN1 5PH

#EducatingNorthants is a movement of local teachers and educators who believe in Northamptonshire and are optimistic about its future. The event will provide a forum for Northamptonshire educators to be part of the conversation about the future of the county’s schools, offer top-class professional learning and development for teachers of all phases, and aims to tell a positive story about education in Northamptonshire.

Researchers from NFER’s Centre for Assessment were at the event talking about using assessment outcomes diagnostically to inform teaching and learning. They looked at how carefully constructed questions can be used to identify misconceptions and gaps in learning.

Liz Twist, Head of Centre of Assessment, talked about diagnostic assessment and some work by Dylan Wiliam in the US. By scrutinising the wrong answers pupils provide and identifying the most frequent errors, we can find out more about their misconceptions and target future teaching.

Our Researcher Katherine Fowler also considered how to use assessment questions diagnostically, in order to draw out key misconceptions and better understand where to target future teaching and learning. She provided examples from assessments in spelling and grammar. Meanwhile, Research Manager Lorna Jones considered what makes good and not so good questions by considering how questions perform, with examples from mathematics.

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