We like to think it is a real test of character to send our students away for Christmas, safe in the knowledge that the very first day they get back... their assessment will begin.
Last week 2nd year students handed in a flurry of work for their formative reviews, giving us a chance to take a look and let them know how we thought they were progressing. (Very well, as it happens)
What's so good about these reviews is how open they are – not only can we see just how much work they have been doing but we can invite 1st year students in to let them see where they will be in a year's time.
It looks like we have a really committed 2nd year on our hands. Now for another term to turn them from 'pretty damn good' into 'frightening'!