Great Teaching: The Power of Formative Assessment

Suitable for: Head teachers, Teachers

Course code Keystages Presented by
PTL119 Foundation; KS1; KS2
  • Ian Richardson (Primary Consultant)
  • Elaine Williams (Assessment Consultant )

This course is part of a series of courses using evidence-based research to develop, and embed, 'great' teaching and learning. In this course we will:

Develop an understanding of the formative assessment process
Review current thinking/research/key messages regarding teaching & learning
Consider how effective formative assessment leads to changes in 'long-term' memory and learning
Consider how effective formative assessment leads pupils to develop deep knowledge and understanding
Consider the next steps for embedding effective formative assessment across your school

This full day course will focus on Formative Assessment - both culture and practice. It will be based upon the successful conference led by Shirley Clarke in February 2020, and will develop many of the ideas that were presented both at the conference and from her books. We will consider how effective formative assessment is the key to developing children's learning and independence. The content of the day will include:
• Current research findings
• An overview of the key elements of formative assessment
• Whole school embedding
The Formative Assessment Jigsaw:
• A learning culture that supports formative assessment (self-efficacy, metacognition and the implications of cognitive science)
• The importance of clear learning objectives and success criteria
• Children as learning resources for one another (talk partners and peer learning)
• Prior knowledge and the use of questions to assess student understanding
• Feedback which is acted upon, and impacts on learning (in-lesson verbal having more impact than post-lesson marking)
Throughout the day, there will be opportunities for discussion, reflection and tasks. Handouts will include selected resources and suggested action plans.
This course is ideal for Headteachers/teachers who want to refresh their thinking and understanding of formative assessment and for teachers who are new to, or have recently joined, the profession.

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