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.
I’m Prof Stuart Kime and I’m your Course Tutor. I taught English and Drama in UK secondary schools for ten years, returning to university to do a PhD in 2011. I looked at the ways in which students’ evaluations of teaching quality in their classrooms could improve attainment using an online feedback system to help teachers learn more about their practice and make small, incremental improvements to it. I’m a Visiting International Professor in the Hector Research Institute for Education Sciences and Psychology at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany and an Honorary Professor in the School of Education at Durham University.