Bethan Marshall / Simon Gibbons Seminar! Wednesday, 16th March.




The University of Strathclyde School of Education


The Scottish Association for the Teaching of English

Seminar with

Dr Bethan Marshall and Dr Simon Gibbons

(King’s College, London)

As part of the Scottish Government’s National Improvement Framework to address the ‘attainment gap’ and persistent underachievement of children from lower income families, new proposals were recently announced for national standardised testing in literacy and numeracy. Described as being ‘at the heart’ of the Framework, these tests will, it is claimed, ‘bring greater focus to improvements in the health and wellbeing of young people… [and] consistency, transparency and robustness to the work currently taking place across the country and will inform teachers’ professional judgement of children’s progress within Curriculum for Excellence.’

Dr Marshall and Dr Gibbons will speak about assessment, both generally and in the context of literacy teaching, and will consider the claims made for the benefits of standardised testing, drawing on their years of experience of research in the field of formative assessment.


Wednesday 16th March

17.00 – 18.30

Room KX 2821, Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George St, Glasgow G1 1RD


Places are limited.  Pleas register online at:

For further information, contact Raymond Soltysek,

Coordinator for the Scottish Association for the Teaching of English

Tel: 0141 444 8088


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