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.



COST: £95



Assessment Essentials focuses specifically on ‘what every teacher needs to know about assessment’.

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 and others who will help your teachers reflect on and develop their practice.

There are two overarching goals of Assessment Essentials:

  1. to help make your students’ learning more visible and, thereby, increase confidence in the dependability of decisions made in the classroom and beyond;
  2. to help maximise the power of assessment as a powerful learning tool.


Your learning is a combination of theory, practical application and collaborative conversations with colleagues, or other educators on our discussion forums. The outcome of the course is an implementation plan to support a change in practice.
Weeks Modules
1 Introduction and perspectives on assessment
2 Making the invisible (learning) visible
3 Harnessing assessment as a powerful learning event
4 Intent, implementation and impact
5 Enhancing your assessment practice
6 The power and potential of feedback & delivering effective feedback
7 Fairness in assessment
8 Theory into practice: selecting and designing assessments
9 Theory into practice: selecting and designing assessments (pt.2) 
10 Embedding great assessment in your classroom 

Who is it for?

More than 2000 teachers
have enrolled in Assessment Essentials since January 2019
The course responds directly to the clear and pressing problems identified by the Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training and, as such, Assessment Essentials is ideal for ITT, RQTs and in-service teachers alike.

Case study: “I would recommend Assessment Essentials to every teacher!”

Nikki Booth, Assessment Advisor at Wolgarston High School, discusses his experiences working through our Assessment Essentials course.

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Assessment Essentials 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


Assessment Essentials is part of our great value CPD bundle which also includes access to the Assessment Lead Programme and Science of Learning Programme.

Mix and match your learning. For example, choose the ‘L’ bundle and put 5 staff on the Science of Learning Programme, 5 on the Assessment Lead Programme and 40 on Assessment Essentials.

Bundle Staff accounts Price
S 10 £1,999
M 20 £2,999
L 50 £3,999
XL 100 £4,999
XXL 101+ £6,999

Bundles are priced per school. For group bookings please get in touch.

Order your bundle!

Launch your professional development in three simple steps:

  1. Choose your bundle.
  2. Receive your enrolment link immediately upon booking.
  3. Share the link with staff.

You will receive access to all three courses for 365 days.

Or, if you just want Assessment Essentials, click here.


Rated 8/10

as of October 2020.

  • "A gem of a course! This is the most valuable CPD I have had in a long time. The quality of materials is excellent and the ability to work through the course in one's own time is extremely helpful for the busy teacher!"
  • "The course has been genuinely useful and encouraged me to re-think some of the departmental-level assessment practices we had."
  • "I have really enjoyed this course - it was exactly what I needed for my CPD and way beyond the quality my school can provide in-house!"
  • "I love the activity in Week 5 and Week 10 (assessment practice and implementation). It helped me to reflect on my assessment methods. Thank you!"
  • "It has been great to have conversations with a trusted colleague about new ways of assessing and helping our students improve. It has been invigorating as a professional as well to hear what other teachers are doing in the classroom."

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