Skip main navigation

Knowing what success looks like

It is important for students to know before they begin what success looks like in terms of quality learning.
ANDREA: Linking back to the questions raised previously by Hattie and Timperley, when it comes to knowing ‘where they are going , the learning of the lesson not only needs to be explicit, but more importantly students need to be supported to know what good quality learning and performance would look like before they begin. I know that when I am going to create a birthday cake for my kids I go and watch a video of someone doing this first, or go and compare examples of others’ people have made, as I learn lots from understanding the process others have used or by considering what makes a better or worse example.
This is the same for the students in our classroom, learning from seeing someone model a process or discussing what qualities something possess can help them understand what they need to do to be successful.
Andrea discusses that it is important for students to know before they begin what success looks like in terms of quality learning. She shared some ideas related to how a learning can be modelled by a learner, this could be the teacher or another student, as well as through providing students with examples of different examples of work that they can compare and contrast.
Consider in what ways have you planned and used similar or different approaches to help your students unpick what success looks like before they begin activities.


In the comments below, consider where you have shared what success looks like with your students. Share:
  1. The area of the curriculum and age of students with which you worked.
  2. How you supported them in identifying what success looks like.
  3. The impact your approach had on learning and the learners
  4. Particular points to watch out for or pitfalls to avoid
In the next step we will provide you with the opportunity to share some of the resources you may have used with your students to support this process.
This article is from the free online

Planning for Learning: Formative Assessment

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education