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Effective questioning to support assessment in numeracy and mathematics

What is this?

This document provides examples of some of the types of questioning approaches that could be embedded in planning, learning, teaching and assessment within numeracy and mathematics.

Who is this for?

All practitioners with responsibility for the teaching and learning of numeracy and mathematics within the Broad General Education. This resource can also be used by curriculum leads or senior leaders to support improvement.

This guide aims to provide examples of the types of questions that could be embedded in planning, learning, teaching and assessment within numeracy and mathematics. It also aims to highlight the specific assessment opportunities within each approach.

It is not intended that all questioning approaches are used at once. Different approaches can be used at different times and how you use these will depend on the learners you are working with.

Questioning in numeracy and mathematics is not limited to the examples provided.

It is recommended that these examples are discussed and built upon through collaborative dialogue in order to meet the needs of individual learners.

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Improvement questions

  • How well do we currently embed questioning as an assessment approach into our planning?
  • In what ways can we build some of the ideas within this document into our planning?
  • How can we ensure that all learners benefit from the questions that we ask?