Age 7-9: Y3/4 (2/3 Grade US) Age 9-11: Y5/6 (4/5 Grade US) 2009

Willow Primary School

Focus of Case Study

Use of success criteria and successful methods to generate them with pupils which I have found have a positive impact on my classroom.

As part of our action research with Shirley Clarke we were asked to focus on different areas of formative assessment in our classrooms. One of my main focuses was the use of success criteria.

Aims and Objectives




This was a one year action research project from November 2008 until the showcase presentation in November 2009. However, due to the nature of this action research and the development of formative assessment techniques within our schools, this is an ongoing development and something which continues to develop and evolve.

Actions/Strategies Used

There are different strategies that can be used to generate success criteria, but one of the methods I researched and developed within my own classroom for this case study is retrospective generation of success criteria.

Year 6 – Maths

The children remember the method when they have generated their own success criteria for it and have it recorded and displayed for reference.

Year 4 – Art

Outcomes – Impact on learning


Here are some quotations from some children in my Year 4 class. I asked them what they thought of using success criteria and how they found it useful:


Success criteria is good because when you are finished you can go from one stage of the success criteria to another to see if your work is correct.


You know what you are aiming for and if you aim for it and follow the success criteria you’ve done a good piece of work.


It makes working easier because you have already got ideas of what goes into the work.


Resources Used

“Active Learning through Formative Assessment”- Shirley Clarke

Plans for Future



Success Criteria for WW2 Art sketch Year 4

Success Criteria for Maths SATs Year 6