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The Power of Language: Exploring Behaviours and Attitudes Towards GCSE English Through Learning Conversations - Sunderland College

Principal focus of the project

A small-scale research project explored how formative assessment could be used to bring about positive behaviours and attitudes towards learning within GCSE resit in a Further Education college in the North East of England.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

GCSE resit English teachers worked with students and implemented the ‘Outcome Star’ to evaluate, through learning conversations, levels of learner confidence in their approach to their GCSE English studies. The ‘Outcome Star’ was used as a vehicle for a learning conversation between teacher and learner in order to build learner confidence and halt their perceptions of being a failure. This feedback tool was designed to mitigate the negative feelings of failure that learners begin their college experience with. Students engaged positively in the process and were able to see how their perceptions can impact on their approach to GCSE English.

Number of participants who worked with the project
N/A
Learners
1
Organisations
2-5
Staff
Name of associate programmes

OTLA Phase 6 (English)

Summary

This OTLA research project by Sunderland College explored how formative assessment could be used to bring about positive behaviours and attitudes towards learning within GCSE resits.