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Formative Assessment - Creating the pedagogy of challenge, progression and deeper learning in the secondary school

This virtual course is broken down into five units. It is designed so that you have all the materials, resources and presentations to deliver at a time that suits your CPD timetable.

You can work through the units in one day with colleagues or alone or you can take each unit separately over time. You can dip into the wealth of materials, articles and recommended books, use the card activities to support discussion and decision making and complete some of the activities with the aid of questionnaires and proformas.

This course focuses on assessment as part of the curriculum planning process. It also takes an in-depth look at formative assessment practices that deliver dramatic improvements in learners' resilience, understanding and motivation to accept challenge.  We build into the day a focus on the power of positive questioning and at other formative assessment skills that teachers can use to encourage independence so that learners understand and can articulate how they are learning as well as what they are learning.

We investigate the power of challenge and the value of effort as integral aspects of formative assessment and resilient learning.  We look at the growing body of evidence that suggests learners benefit from opportunities to be an integral part of the assessment process and focus on some of the strategies that are known to impact on learning and achievement. We also focus on the imperative to ensure that professional dialogue across all subjects, year groups and key stages from KS3 to post-16 leads to a consistent whole school or college approach to how assessment is used as an important aspect of curriculum delivery and impact. The role of assessment in supporting learners to develop a range of learning strategies that lead to higher levels of response cannot be over-estimated.

Each unit has a wealth of learning opportunities which you can dip into with colleagues or alone.

The sessions include:-

Session 1 Formative Assessment - creating a whole school or college consistent approach to assessment that is linked to learning outcomes and curriculum intent and implementation

Session 2 Reflecting on the purpose of assessment both formative and summative - what is the impact of assessment on learning, progression and achievement

Session 3 Exploring practical models and methods of formative assessment linked to creating opportunities for progression, fostering challenge and revealing the gaps in learning

Session 4 Investigating positive feedback techniques linked to deep and rich questioning, taxonomies that foster progression and deepening learners' understanding of how they learn as well as what they learn

Session 5 Time to review current practice and plan new strategies and an opportunity to use effective feedback and coaching techniques to share your goals and plans with colleagues

Testimonials for this course

Formative assessment is a powerful way to ensure that learners are challenged to learn more, deepen their understanding and be ready to build on their learning over time.  The right techniques and strategies can make a significant difference to learners ability to be able to reflect on their learning and have the motivation and will to continue to deepen their understanding and have the knowledge that is retained in the long term memory.

Who is it for?

Senior leaders, curriculum leaders, heads of department and subject specialists who have the responsibility to ensure that their teaching and support teams are working together to plan their teaching and assessment strategies in order to create a continuum of progression and a sequencing of learning that will deepen knowledge and understanding for all learners. Teachers, especially those with responsibility for delivering English, Maths and other subject specific learning who can work closely with their teams to define how to deliver a curriculum and assessment model that will support high quality pedagogy in the classroom. CPD managers who want to learn from the course in order that they can use a range of high-quality training tools and resources to develop a programme for all teaching and support staff in school.


£695 +VAT for up to 10 users.

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Learning how to learn on-line

During this unprecedented time we will be sending out regular newsposts with tips and ideas as to how you can support pupils to successfully work from home.

Read the first of these new style news post for top tips for supporting on-line learning for pupils during the Corona Virus crisis.

Read the second of our news posts for top tips on helping pupils to become inquisitive and learn some enquiry skills

Download some of the protocols for on-line learning to share with pupils

Download our ten top tips for creating the right pedagogy for enquiry learning.

Download the third of our newsposts that looks at the essential skill of comprehension and understanding of text and other information.

Download the fourth of our newsposts that looks at the importance of effective questioning skills and how asking the right question delivers high quality learning and progression.

Download our tips for developing a pupil's comprehension skills. The 5Ps of comprehension guides pupils towards some questions to help them make sense of what they are reading and interpreting.