School leaders give their perspective on the Assessment Lead Programme
Since the Assessment Lead Programme started in October 2017, over 200 educators have joined the mission to #AssessBetter in their schools. What do we mean by #AssessBetter? I’m glad you asked. #AssessBetter was the hashtag we established in September 2016 to embody everything that the Assessment Lead Programme stands for and aims to enable: more purposeful and positive use of assessment, assessment as pedagogy, building stronger links between curriculum and assessment, more manageable and meaningful use of assessment, reclaiming assessment as a tool for teaching and learning.
Although we launched in October 2017, we’re only just starting to get feedback from participants and that’s because, in line with the best available evidence in teacher CPD, the programme is around 50 hours of professional development, and is sustained over a period of about six months. Therefore, our first cohort and some of our second cohort have just come to the end of their development and now we’re hearing what they think and, more importantly, how practice in their school has begun to change.
This is such an exciting time for us! The development period for ALP was 15 months then, once our baby was announced to the world, we had another six months of waiting patiently to hear what the participants thought about it. So now, after months of us espousing the merits of the ALP, we can hear from the people that matter, the people whose opinion we value most – teachers and leaders working in schools.
In addition to our three case studies (linked below), we can now add this playlist of videos, with educators telling us what they think about the Assessment Lead Programme and how it is changing practice in their school.
Further written case studies can be found here: