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Formative Assessment across the Primary Curriculum- Planning, questioning and collaborating for learning

The current debate about how we design, deliver and assess the curriculum to ensure breadth, depth and challenge continues. This course focuses on how teachers can build an effective formative assessment strategy where the teacher encourages pupils to reflect on their own learning, broaden their understanding and be ready for new or deeper experiences.  We look at the growing body of evidence that suggests that assessment with the learner using effective dialogue and modelling has a dramatic impact on progress and achievement.  We provide examples of formative assessment practice that show dramatic improvements in pupils' resilience, understanding and motivation.  We build into the day an in-depth look at the power of questioning and at other formative assessment skills that teachers can use to encourage indpendence where pupils understand and can articulate how they are learning as well as what they are learning.

This event will:-

  • Give an up to date review of the research, comment and policy relating to curriculum design, delivery and assessment
  • Suggest priorities in relation to planning, reviewing or refining the assessment policy that will support a consistent, whole school approach to successful formative and summative assessment
  • Create opportunities to plan, review or refine current approaches to curriculum planning and how assessment is incorporated in order to determine how to assess the impact of teaching on learner outcomes
  • Focus on assessment in relation to stages of development within subjects including the core of English, Maths and Science, the Foundation subjects and non-curricular learning
  • Provide an opportunity to reflect on how to support the teaching and support staff to develop highly effective formative assessment strategies, the use of rich questioning techniques and create a range of highly effective pedagogical approaches that support deep learning
  • Look closely at the issues surrounding moderation and verification that encourages a culture of reflective practice, professional conversations and high quality approaches to feedback and forward planning

This revised Learning Cultures' event will examine assessment and progression in the context of the learning environment and will provide those who attend with an opportunity to review current policy and procedures and reflect on how to build an assessment regime that will deliver a system that is fit for purpose and suits the needs of all stakeholders within the organisation. We analyse the kinds of teaching and learning strategies that will support progression and how to build a culture that fosters the sharing of good practice, new ideas and resources across year groups, classes and in partnership with secondary or nursery schools where effective transition is essential to ensure seamless learning.

Who should attend?

Head teachers and senior managers who have the responsibility to ensure that their teaching and support teams have the resources to teach their new schemes of work and plan their teaching and assessment strategies. Teachers especially with responsibility for managing the core subjects 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, consistent approaches to formative and summative assessment, marking and feedback. CPD managers who want to learn from the event and take back a range of high quality training tools and resources to develop a programme for all teaching and support staff in school. Curriculum and Teaching and Learning managers who need to have a sound understanding of what is required of a robust and manageable assessment strategy.

Learning Cultures are supported by a team of experts from across the UK who are using a range of resources and research papers to ensure that materials used in the construction and delivery of this event will support schools in their quest to ensure they can build a system that will support effective formative and summative assessment that is fit for purpose for the school, the pupils, parents, carers and staff.

We have looked closely at the statements included in the most recent OFSTED handbook for schools which states:-

"Assessment is accurate and based on high quality observations. It includes all those involved in the child’s learning and development. Provision across all areas of learning is planned meticulously. It is based on rigorous and sharply focused assessments of children’s achievement so that every child undertakes highly challenging activities".

There is no suggestion that OFSTED are looking for a particular system or approach to assessment, however the rationale and planning in relation to how well staff understand the assessment regime and are using it consistently and to good effect is important. The tools we will provide as part of this training opportunity have been developed to support the implementation of a robust and appropriate system specifically designed to meet the needs of an individual school or college which should also be evidence that meets the OFSTED statements relating to assessment.

All our events are centrally located. Registration and refreshments are available from 9.30am for a 10.00am start, and we will finish around 3.30-4.00pm. We always provide lunch.


First Delegate:

£295 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£245 +VAT

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