SALF: Self Assessment Learning Folders (non-EPV)

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Welcome to your Self Assessment Learning Folders or S.A.L.F. course! This course aims to support you to establish a pupil self-assessment approach to support their learning. It supports the implementation of the primary school curriculum, national guidelines in pupil assessment and national priorities in school self assessment as well as literacy and numeracy improvement. It places the child at the centre of his/her learning and progress. It allows teachers the opportunity to address the cognitive, affective and motivational dimensions of pupil learning. It supports the creation of learning communities within each classroom.

What is SALF?

Researched and piloted in Irish schools, SALF has been designed for Irish school children and their teachers, parents, guardians or carers. It clearly outlines the steps involved in creating, compiling and completing Self Assessment and Learning Folders with Junior, Middle and Senior Classes in the Primary school. It includes strategies for supporting the involvement of parents/guardians/carers and others in the process. SALF provides a framework for children to present evidence of their work and their assessment of that work across all curricular areas and beyond.

Course Authors

Aideen O'Mahoney A graduate of Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick, Aideen is currently a teaching principal in Clohanes National School, Doonbeg, Co. Clare. For the past ten years she has been a facilitator on the Misneach programme for Newly Appointed Principals, initially, with the Leadership Development Service (LDS) and currently on the Leadership Team with PDST. Aideen is also a mentor with the Centre for School Leadership. Having a keen interest in Assessment for Learning strategies and methodologies Aideen has incorporated SALF into her classroom practice for a number of years. She continually encourages children to take a more active part in their learning and in their assessment of that learning. She has worked as a SALF tutor for the past four years, delivering workshops and summer courses. Her practical experience of using SALF is reflected throughout these revised guidelines.

Rose Marie Corry Ryan A graduate of Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick, Rose Marie is currently a teaching principal in Inch National School, Co. Clare. Rose Marie has facilitated continuing professional development courses in the SALF programme over the past four years. In addition, Rose Marie has worked on embedding a culture of self assessment in her own school where the voice of the pupil is central to guiding the teaching and learning in each classroom. Her experience of introducing SALF in her own classroom and as a whole school initiative is very evident in the development and writing of these revised guidelines. In addition to her involvement with SALF, Rose Marie is a mentor with the Centre for School Leadership and an associate on the Leadership Team with PDST.

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