CASE STUDY: “When I assess a class now, I have a much clearer view of why I am doing it”

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With registrations for Cohort 3 of the Assessment Lead Programme now open, and schools beginning to plan their CPD for the next academic year, we wanted to speak to a few of the schools who are on the Programme’s first and second group of participants, to find out more about how they’re getting on, what is proving useful, and how flexible, efficient and affordable assessment training is benefiting them and their teams. Last week, we highlighted the British International School of Kuala Lumpur and Falinge Park High School‘s work so far; in the third and final post, we talk to the team at Bryanston School.

 

Bryanston School were among the first to sign up for Cohort 1 of ALP, and, having both “really enjoyed the training, and found it useful”, the school’s two Assessment Leads proceeded to enrol another pair on Cohort 2. We’re also delighted to have been invited down to present on our work at the Bryanston Education Summit in summer 2018, and hope this relationship will continue into the future, too.

Alex Hartley, the school’s Head of Maths, has taken a few fundamental points from his training so far:

“First and foremost, when I assess a class now, I have a much clearer view of why I am doing it, and what I want to achieve. The training has helped me to clarify my own thoughts regarding the validity, value, reliability and purpose of an assessment, and I consider these in more depth when planning an assessment. In my department in particular, we are as a result introducing a new and more regular programme of assessments and I’ve thought about each of these in relation to our plans.

I’m also now able to assess a multiple-choice assessment that I have written. This provides a good starting point from which I can consider which questions are the best, and which might need to be reconsidered. I’m much better able to discuss assessment with greater clarity and confidence, whether that’s explaining what I have done or prompting reflection within my team.

Crucially, all of the training so far has led me to focus upon learning outcomes for pupils, and to link curriculum, assessment and pedagogy, to a greater extent that I have previously in my career.”

 

Get involved!

If you and your school or college would like to get involved with the Assessment Lead Programme, don’t miss out! We have strictly limited places available on Cohort 3, which is open for registrations now – you can sign up at this link.

If you are part of a group or Academy Trust, do get in touch – we are happy to discuss group rates.

If you’d like to find out a bit more before registering, we are running an informational webinar, where we will also demo the platform, on March 16th at 4pm UK time. Click here to register.

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