Assessment @ MINDLABS

Principles of assessment

MINDLABS recognizes that teaching, learning and assessments are fundamentally interdependent. We are guided by the following principles:


  • Have different learning styles
  • Have different cultural experiences, expectations and needs
  • Perform differently according to the context of learning
  • See self assessment and peer assessment as a natural part of the learning process
  • Need to know their achievements and areas for improvement in the learning process
  • Should receive feedback that is positive and constructive


  • Are designed by teachers to incorporate a variety of methods and to be relevant and motivating to students
  • Are geared toward appraisal of a broad range of concepts, attitudes, knowledge and skills appropriate to an international and increasingly complex world
  • Are criterion-referenced using the guidelines set down by the National Curriculum of England, Cambridge International Examinations and other global standards and is made clear to students by teachers before coursework commences

Why do we assess?

  • Build clarity of the student and their passions
  • Assess the effectiveness of the environment on the student’s learning
  • Extend the student’s learning
  • Monitor the progress of individual student’s learning and achievement
  • Determine the effectiveness of teaching
  • Inform curriculum review
  • Help evaluate suitability of courses
  • Inform others as appropriate, including students, teachers, parents, receiving schools, future employers

How do we assess?

  • Ongoing formative teacher assessment
  • Summative assessment tasks
  • Previous summative records
  • Conversations with other adults who have knowledge
  • The student as a learner
  • By analyzing the above using professional knowledge and expertise