‘Can I have me on here?’: ‘ability’ and the language of pupil-progress (FORUM 1)

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Publication date: March 1, 2013

PATRICK YARKER

The flip-side of teaching-as-delivery is assessment-as-ventriloquism. Required to describe pupils and their progress through the language of Level Descriptors and exam grade criteria, any teacher risks losing her voice. This article notes the hierarchising and normalising intention of currently authorised versions of assessment, and looks for a countervailing practice and language.

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