Assessment Essentials

Assessment Essentials is a great-value short course in what every teacher needs to know about assessment, from the creators of the acclaimed Assessment Lead Programme.

It will help you reduce workload, question and improve existing practices, and maximise the power of assessment as a tool for learning.

Great-value training for ITT, RQTs and in-service teachers

Flexible learning, to fit around your timetable

Video and audio clips from leading experts and practitioners

At a glance

  • Online programme

  • 10-week course

  • Micro-lesson structure

  • £95 per person

  • Group offers available

What’s the format?

Assessment Essentials is a great-value, ten-week course on what every teacher needs to know about assessment.

It responds directly to the findings and recommendations of the UK Government’s review of Initial Teacher Training:

Of all areas of ITT content, we believe the most significant improvements are needed for training in assessment. Findings from the NAHT Commission as well as Ofsted have also found weaknesses in assessment training.

Delivered through a world-class online platform in line with the best available evidence on teacher professional learning. The course follows a micro-lesson structure, designed to fit around your busy timetable and includes insight interviews with experts such as Dylan Wiliam.

It will:

  • Improve the efficiency of assessment practices, helping you reduce workload – do more with less
  • Guide you to question existing practices
  • Help you link assessment with curriculum and pedagogy, to improve student outcomes
  • Reframe the value of assessment, offering case studies and advice from other school leaders
  • Maximise the power of assessment as a tool for learning
What will you learn? Click to expand and view course curriculum!

Week 1: Introduction and perspectives on assessment

Week 2: Making the invisible (learning) visible

Week 3: Harnessing assessment as a powerful learning event

Week 4: Intent, implementation and impact

Week 5: Assessment process in your context

Week 6: Using key assessment theory to guide practice (inc. validity, reliability, etc.)

Week 7: Fairness in assessment

Week 8: Theory into practice: selecting and designing assessments

Week 9: Theory into practice: selecting and designing assessments (pt.2)

Week 10: Embedding great assessment in your classroom


Assessment Essentials costs only £95 per person.

Your learning can begin as soon as registration is complete.

Group offers of 10+ places are available to schools, colleges, school groups and teacher training providers. Contact us to enquire.

Case studies

Assessment Essentials

“I would recommend Assessment Essentials to every teacher!”

In recent weeks, we’ve been in contact with many of the teachers and school leaders who have worked, or have been working, with us in various forms. Nikki Booth, Assessment Advisor at Wolgarston High School, discusses his experiences working through our Assessment Essentials course.

Which is the right option for me?

You will no doubt have seen that Assessment Essentials is not our only online training programme on assessment. The BETT award finalist Assessment Lead Programme sits alongside it, but the two have very distinct purposes. The table below will help you ascertain which option is right for you and your context.

Assessment Essentials
Assessment Lead Programme
Focuses specifically on “what every teacher needs to know about assessment”Whole-school approach to improving assessment practice, policy and framework
Ideal for ITT, RQTs and in-service teachers alikeIdeal for current and aspiring leaders who want to improve assessment across departments and the whole school
10-week short course, including insights from leading experts as well as teachers at the forefront of assessment practiceSustained CPD over three terms plus tools and guides to create powerful high-quality questions and assessments
Only £95 per person; 1 to 100+ participants; group rates availableMinimum two staff per school; find out more here