Assessment One: The Roles & Responsibilities of the Teacher
The Department for Education Teachers Standards revised in June 2013 states that a teacher must: 1.
Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils 2.
Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
Plan and teach well-structured lessons
Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils 6.
Make accurate and productive use of assessment
Fulfil wider professional responsibilities
In arriving at an organised view of the roles and responsibilities of the teacher it is important to utilise the National Standards, as well as Professional Codes of Practice. However, using the framework set out, for a teacher to promote good progress or to motivate and challenge pupils, a teacher must first ascertain a pupils starting point. This can be done using an initial assessment of the learner, assessing against the National Standards and further completing diagnostic test to determine which learning style may best suit a learner. Assessment to understand individuals’ learning styles originated some forty years ago, and most notably includes David Kolb’s Experimental Learning Theory which was later taken further in Honey and Mumford’s Learning Styles Questionnaire. Both these theories are subject to critique, for example the need for more consideration of cultural factors, however, they provide a framework for highlighting styles an individual may best learn from in different situations as well as how to improve upon styles of learning and an understanding that no one approach will suit for all situations for a learner, they may benefit from a variety of styles to best improve performance. Initial assessment may also include learners’ self-assessment, tutor observations, group discussions, portfolios or conversations, to mention but a few. From these assessments planning for sessions can take place and going forward a...
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