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How vital narrative assessments have become

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Time: 2:01 mins


Noelene Francois, Mother of Claude:

"For me, it’s given me, you know, previously Claude used to come home with a report card."


"And that would be once a year or twice a year?"


"Yeah, once a year. He’d come home and it would be at the end of the year. Just looking at it, as a Mum, you would think – oh, my son is really battling because most of it would be – oh, he hasn’t quite developed there or here, he hasn’t … you know, and it wasn’t broken down into areas that we could work with him and improve on. I think what the narrative assessment, for Claude it makes it real, because he’s sitting there and he’s describing things and there’s always a picture and it’s his work and I can see the progress and I can see – ‘wow, he’s really achieved here’.

And as a parent, that is really … it sort of inspires us and gives us… and he’s grown in confidence because he comes home and he says – ‘Mum, this is what I’ve done’. You know, and putting the narrative assessments up in these books, our family that come there, he shares that with them as well. For my Mum, who cares for him in the afternoons while I get home from work, she can also see – ‘wow’, his progress. And it’s really inspiring for us as parents.

So, yeah, I would… for me, it’s really been a huge improvement; it’s given us such a sense of, you know, he is achieving, and his learning style is just different, but he is learning. And he is retaining that because the way it’s broken down is areas he’s really done well, what he did to correct himself. So I’m thinking – ‘wow, you know, he is…’ yeah. So it’s really been good for us."