The course follows a micro-lesson structure, designed to fit around the busy timetable of teachers and is a commitment of around 1.5 hours per week. It includes insight interviews with leading thinkers and practitioners – Dylan Wiliam, Daisy Christodoulou, John Hattie, Rob Coe and others will help your teachers reflect on and develop their practice.
There are two overarching goals of Assessment Essentials:
- to help make your students learning more visible and, thereby, increase confidence in the dependability of decisions made in the classroom and beyond;
- to help maximise the power of assessment as a powerful learning tool.
At the very core of this is the need for high quality information and using assessment as the bridge between teaching and learning.
The course will:
- Deepen pedagogical content knowledge of the fundamental underlying principles and practices of great assessment, no matter the subject or phase of education;
- Help to reduce unnecessary workload and increase the effectiveness of classroom practice by honing the skill of evidence-informed decision-making;
- Guide teachers to question existing practices;
- Help link assessment with curriculum and pedagogy, to improve student outcomes;
- Reframe the value of assessment, offering case studies and advicefrom other school leaders;
- Help teachers remove the guesswork from teaching through use of more dependable information;
- Help teachers to better understand the impact of their teaching on students’ learning, so that they can make better decisions about what happens next; and
- Maximise the power of assessment as a tool for learning.