English: Assessing subject knowledge

Nicola Davison
03rd October 2016
English, secondary, assessment, subject knowledge, skill, text, novel, KS3, KS4, post-16, GCSE, A-level, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13

Tests, templates and tools to help you to evaluate pupils’ subject knowledge in the English classroom

As part of the process of getting to know your new class, it’s useful to assess students’ subject knowledge to find out what they already know. Not only does this help them to understand where the gaps in their learning are, but it is also essential in informing your planning going forward.

Make sure you’re on top of your pupils’ progress with this collection of assessment tools, which cover basic skills as well as key texts.

KS3 resources

Find out how well your learners have got to grips with basic spelling and grammar using the worksheets in this comprehensive pack. These skills can also be tested when assessing pupils’ written responses to a text. This bundle of KS3 novel assessments* offers an excellent starting point.

Looking for ways to assess reading? Get inspired by this detailed list, which highlights a range of questions related to specific assessment foci. Alternatively, use these versatile crib sheets to evaluate students’ speaking and listening skills in any given task.

KS4 and post-16 resources

Including a list of possible activities, this collection of practice questions is ideal for discovering the depth of your learners’ comprehension of the characters and themes in An Inspector Calls. Or, support students as they tackle their first unseen poetry assessment, using this scaffolded booklet, which explicitly outlines the steps pupils ought to take to successfully answer an exam question of this type.

Appraise A-level students’ knowledge of the key terms associated with a language acquisition unit using this simple test. For those studying Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, these exam-style questions* provide a multitude of opportunities to test learners’ grasp of the play.

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