Assessment Lead Programme

Enabling school leaders to make their school assessment approach more efficient and enabling staff to make more reliable judgements about what pupils know, can do and need next.

The Assessment Lead Programme is a BETT Award 2019 finalist in the category Whole-school aids for learning, teaching and assessment, and is IB-approved professional development.


Register now to claim your two free Assessment Essentials places

Whole-school impact

Flexible learning, to fit around your timetable

No travel or cover costs

At a glance

  • Online programme

  • 50 hours of CPD

  • 1-2 hours per week

  • £1,200

  • Minimum of 2 staff

What’s the format?

The programme is flexible, but structured and well-supported. You will enjoy:

  • 50 hours of professional learning aligned with the best available evidence, delivered through our very own innovative and acclaimed online learning platform
  • Tools and resources to guide, support and implement change
  • Structured collaboration and support – you are not alone!
  • The real learning takes place in school context: practice opportunities to scaffold learning – guiding you through the whole process
  • Examples from schools working through the everyday practicalities of implementing an integrated assessment system

Free two-hour webinar for all school staff

The programme starts with an introductory two-hour webinar – ‘What Makes Great Assessment’.

This covers the components of effective assessment, offers a practical overview of how to improve the quality of assessment in school and what you can expect from the Assessment Lead Programme. The webinar is appropriate for all teaching staff and all are welcome to join!

Staff enrolled on the programme then work through four modules:

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Module 1 will give you a robust understanding of key assessment concepts, including our four pillars of assessment, and will lay firm foundations for the practical design and analysis work of Modules 2 and 3.
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In Module 2 you will be guided through a practical and iterative process of designing and trialling assessments – both formative and summative – with your pupils.
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Module 3 guides you to analyse assessment data and fine-tune questions to improve formative and summative assessments. This builds on the foundations of Modules 1 and 2, and will demonstrably help in evidence-based curriculum planning and tracking progress.
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In Module 4, you will create an evidence-based school assessment system, defining roles and responsibilities and beginning to improve policy and practice across your whole staff.


£1,200 per institution for one year (all prices ex. VAT). This includes:

  1. Two-hour ‘What Makes Great Assessment?’ webinar – open to all school staff
  2. Two places on the programme – because professional development has more impact when colleagues collaborate and support each other!
  3. Tools and resources to help apply your learning

Additional places on the programme are £500 per person; however we are currently offering a third place for only £300 or 5 places for a total of £2,200!

For bookings of more than 9 staff please contact us directly.

Book your place now

The next Assessment Lead Programme starts September 25th 2019.

Book by the 30th of April to claim your two free Assessment Essentials places!


Whom is the programme open to?

Any English-medium primary or secondary school, or FE College that is committed to improving their use of assessment as a tool to support teaching and learning.

Whom should I put on the course?

The school’s senior leader responsible for assessment, plus one middle leader for the initial two places. Additional places can be taken by anyone in school.

Are there set times a week to complete the work?

The Assessment Lead Programme is designed to work around your timetable and at times that suit you. The course is approximately 50 hours, but it is not an even split between lessons and modules, on average it might be one-to-two hours per week. However, we have received really positive feedback about the flexibility of the course structure in that our participants found it incredibly beneficial, especially during the busier periods of the school calendar, to have the option of completing an hour of the course on a Friday afternoon when they had time, as opposed to first thing on a Monday morning, for example.

Is the work done at home or in school?

There are elements of the programme that can be done at home, however the real work and learning is predominately done in school; applying the theory and knowledge to your individual context, using the resources and working with colleagues to design and refine your assessments.

Feedback and testimonials

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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