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

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?

Over 0 Assessment Leads have enrolled since September 2017

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
Assessment Lead Programme

From September 2019 everyone on the Assessment Lead Programme has a chance to earn 30 Master’s credits through the University of Buckingham. They are launching a brand new online MA in Teaching and Learning that will be available more widely from September 2020; our ALP course constitutes Module 1 Assessment in Schools and other exciting modules written by leading experts are under construction.

Assessment training schools - understanding assessment

Understanding Assessment

Gain a robust understanding of key assessment concepts, including our four pillars of assessment. Lay firm foundations for the practical design and analysis work of Modules 2 and 3.

Assessment training schools - designing assessment

Designing Assessment

Enjoy working through a practical and iterative process of designing and trialling assessments – both formative and summative – with your pupils.

Assessment training schools - analysing assessment

Analysing Assessment

Analyse assessment data and fine-tune questions to improve formative and summative assessments. Develop practice in evidence-based curriculum planning and tracking progress.

Assessment training schools - leading assessment

Leading Assessment

Create an evidence-based school assessment system. Define roles and responsibilities and improve policy and practice across your whole staff.


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

  1. One-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 cohort of the Assessment Lead Programme starts on January 29th.

The January cohort is now sold out! We will be releasing information about the September 2020 cohort soon!

Any VNET members who wish to enrol their school following the conference on Friday the 17th, please contact Alex –

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