Active Assessment English – resources for teaching English




Age Range:

Learners age 8-14.


Brenda Keogh, John Dabell & Stuart Naylor.


‘I am in no doubt that this is one of the most important books to grace any teachers bookshelf.’ – Mick Dunne, Head of initial teacher training, Bradford College.

Developed as part of Brenda Keogh and Stuart Naylor’s Active Assessment project that has transformed assessment in classrooms in the UK and beyond, this resource uses a highly creative approach to integrate assessment and learning in English lessons. This book provides useful information on the relationship between assessment and learning.

Packed full of resources for teaching English

This book and CD-ROM pack is full of resources for teaching English. 34 different strategies are illustrated in more than 100 black & white activity sheets in the book. These are prefect for photocopying. Interactive, colourful versions of each activity are on the CD. Activities on the CD can be printed out or used on an interactive whiteboard. Each of the 34 different strategies includes at least two variations. The first example is aimed at younger, less able children. The second example is aimed at older, more able students. Each example can be customised to be simpler, more challenging, or cover a different area of the curriculum. This makes the book and CD an infinite source of resources for teaching English. All of the activities engage children and promote debate to develop their existing ideas. They are deliberately designed to make children talk. This happens with minimal support, giving the teacher time to successfully assess what the children are saying. This is a set of resources for teaching English that encourages learning and assessment. Concise teacher notes for each strategy explain:

  • What the approach is.
  • How it can be used for assessment.
  • How can be managed in the classroom.
  • How it helps with learning.
  • How it can be customised.

This resource is part of our Active Assessment range. You may also be interested in Active Assessment Maths or Active Assessment Science .