Appendix 2: Evaluative questions

Section A Reading 

1. How well do teachers in Years 1 and 2 classes use reading assessments to inform their practice?  

1a. How well do teachers understand and undertake reading assessments?  

1b. How well do teachers use reading assessments to decide what to teach individuals and groups of children?  

1c. How well do teachers use reading assessments to know about the effectiveness of their teaching strategies and programme?  

1d. How well do teachers share reading assessment information or seek information from parents and the children?

2. How well do teachers in Years 1 and 2 use instructional teaching strategies in their classrooms? 

2a. How well do teachers decide on and use instructional reading strategies to meet the identified needs and interests of their children?  

2b. How well do teachers engage their children in reading?  

3. What is the overall quality of teaching of reading in Years 1 and 2? 

Section B Writing 

4. How well do teachers in Years 1 and 2 classrooms collect and use writing assessments? 

4a. How well do teachers understand and undertake writing assessments?

4b. How well do teachers use writing assessments to decide on what they will teach individuals and groups of children in their classrooms?  

4c. How well do teachers use writing assessments to know about the effectiveness of their teaching strategies and programme?  

4d. How well do teachers share writing assessment information or seek information from parents and the children? 

5. How well do teachers in Years 1 and 2 use instructional teaching strategies for writing in their classrooms? 

5a. How well do teachers decide on and use the instructional writing strategies to meet the identified needs and interests of their children?  

5b. How well do teachers engage children in writing?   

6. What is the overall quality of teaching of writing in Years 1 and 2?  

Section C Expectations for achievement 

7. How well does the school promote high levels of children’s achievement in reading and writing?

7a. How well are the school’s expectations for learning and achievement in reading understood?  

7b. How well are the school’s expectations for learning and achievement in writing understood?  

8. How well do school leaders monitor the reading and writing in Years 1 and 2 classes?