Assessment Academy

Evidence Based Education’s Assessment Academy is the home of world-class, evidence-based, great-value assessment CPD for schools, colleges and academies.

With the right training and support, assessment is a tool that can be used more effectively, efficiently and confidently. This can help in linking curriculum and pedagogy more strongly, better understanding learners’ knowledge and skills, and supporting pupils in their learning progression.

In early 2016, we and Professor Rob Coe were approached by local school leaders with a question: “Is there anywhere we can go for robust, pragmatic yet affordable training on assessment, specifically for teachers and school leaders?”

The evidence suggested there was a serious lack of suitable provision, so we responded by creating Assessment Academy. We recruited five schools in the north-east of England for a pilot of a four-day in-person assessment training programme, over one academic year. We are still in contact with them to this day, and they have continued the work they started in 2016/17, driving improvements in assessment policy and practice throughout their schools.

From this initial pilot, the Assessment Lead Programme was born – now a BETT-award finalist in the category “Whole-school aids for teaching, learning and assessment”. Next, in January 2019, we will be launching a short course called Assessment Essentials.

Use the boxes below to find out more and to book, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any bespoke assessment training and consultancy enquiries!

Read the table below for a brief comparison of the two, and click the boxes below for more information and to book. You can of course contact us with any bespoke assessment training or consultancy enquiries!

Assessment Lead Programme
Assessment Essentials
Whole-school approach to improving assessment practice, policy and frameworkFocuses specifically on “what every teacher needs to know about assessment”
Ideal for current and aspiring leaders who want to improve assessment across departments and the whole schoolIdeal for ITT, RQTs and in-service teachers alike
c. 50 hours’ sustained CPD over three terms plus tools and guides to create powerful high-quality questions and assessments10-week short course, including insights from leading experts as well as teachers at the forefront of assessment practice
Minimum two staff per schoolOnly £95 pp; 1 to 100+ participants; group rates available
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Assessment Lead Programme
The BETT award finalist Assessment Lead Programme is a truly innovative online learning platform. It will encourage you and your whole team to re-think your approach to assessment and support you to lead improvement.
By generating and using higher-quality information on pupil learning, and better integrating assessment with curriculum and pedagogy, teaching can be more responsive to pupil needs. ALP will encourage you to re-think your approach to assessment and support you to implement change.
In-person training
We also run in-person Assessment Lead Training, in its original four-day format. This can be in an intensive, four-day residential, or can be spread over a longer time period, with structured gap tasks between sessions.
Network with like-minded professionals from schools similar to yours, and learn from others with different contexts. Share best practice, create a local and global network of support, and enjoy the highest-quality training.
Assessment Essentials
A ten-week short course: “What every teacher trainee, recently qualified teacher, and in-service teacher needs to know and be able to do about assessment.”
Improve your whole approach to assessment... Assessment Essentials will make you question existing practices, improve formative and summative assessment methods, and link assessment with curriculum and pedagogy to improve student outcomes.
  • The Assessment Lead Programme was easily one of the most difficult courses I have been on. However, I can tell you with 100% certainty that it has been the best. Thank you to the entire Evidence Based Education team, for your relentless drive towards revolutionising CPD and your work in leading the quest for evidence-based practice in education. Awesome.

    Okeyinfu Dimowo-Ajayi
    Okeyinfu Dimowo-Ajayi Busyminds Center
  • The residential included excellent content with really knowledgeable people delivering the sessions; their enthusiasm was infectious. Excellent value!

    Susan Robson
    Susan Robson Our Lady's Abingdon
  • Schools desperately need this kind of clear guidance to question the how and the what of their assessment practices.Lots of areas of my direct work will be affected by the Assessment Lead Programme, including pedagogy and supporting schools with learning, curriculum design and questioning their assessment practices.

    Suzanne O'Farrell
    Suzanne O'Farrell Association of School and College Leaders
  • Before the Assessment Lead Programme, I thought I knew assessment, but I didn't. Put simply, without good assessment, you cannot have good teaching and learning.

    Janice Allen
    Janice Allen Falinge Park High School
  • Thank you so much for your work on the Assessment Lead Programme - it is superb. I love the content and form; you have created a fantastic course!

    Phil Stock
    Phil Stock Greenshaw High School
  • We have gone through ALP, and the programme has really opened my eyes. I’m now rereading the content for the third or fourth time, we're hoping to put more staff on future cohorts, and it is absolutely the right thing for all schools to do.

    Anthony Varela
    Anthony Varela St Mary's Colchester
  • With their open, frank and enthusiastic demeanor, and their substantive, purposeful and clear explanations, the Evidence Based Education team has been able to move our institution forward by deepening our understanding of the ways in which assessment and data can be used to improve student learning.

    Karen Taylor
    Karen Taylor The International School of Geneva
  • We have completed the first three sections of the Assessment Lead Programme and are really enjoying it! It is really clear and I like the fact that it is drip feeding me the information through smaller sections. It is also great to have the ideas founded on reliable research and peer-reviewed articles.

    Thomas Kimber
    Thomas Kimber British International School of Kuala Lumpur

If your enquiry isn’t covered by the above boxes, or elsewhere on our site, please feel free to use the Contact Us page, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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