About 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a hospitality school in Paris. It was assessment day and the students were on their best game. There were two sets of assessors. One pair were assessing the students’ knowledge and skill in the kitchen and front of house in respect of “knowledge and how to do”: the savoir and savoir-faire. But the other pair were far more interesting. They were assessing the students’ ability and skills in team work, in supporting colleagues and in anticipating issues before they arose. They were assessing savoir être – the “how to be”.
This experience keeps coming back to me. No more so than in the past few weeks during the exam fiasco in Scotland – and rUK.
The approach in France very much mirrors the 4 Pillars of Education set out by UNESCO. It makes me ask “could we, should we attempt this type of assessment in Scotland?”
I do not know the answer but I do know the current approaches do not allow all young people to achieve their best; to showcase what they can do rather than what they can remember.
I feel there is a place for a summative assessment process (i.e. an exam), but we cannot continue to put all eggs in that basket or favour that basket to the exclusion of others.
I’m looking forward to exploring possibilities with @examscot about ensuring equity and equality for all young people in Scotland.
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