Assess Better

Join the Assessment Lead Programme today

The Assessment Lead Programme enables education professionals to make their assessment approach more efficient, allowing them to make more reliable judgements about what pupils know, can do and need next.

By generating and using higher quality information on pupil learning, and better integrating assessment with curriculum and pedagogy, teaching can be more responsive to pupil needs.

The programme will encourage you to re-think your approach to assessment and support you to lead improvement.

What is the purpose of the programme?

The aim is to improve the efficiency of assessment as a tool to improve the quality of information that supports effective teaching and learning.

The programme itself provides a framework for improving a school’s in-house assessment approach, both formative and summative.

It includes evidence-based training, practical tools and resources, guidance for implementation, a collaborative model of development and expert support, sustained over time.

The programme activates change on three levels:

Individual practitioners:

  • Understand why, when and how to assess
  • Understand key concepts in assessment and assessment as pedagogy
  • Use assessment more effectively to support curriculum planning and pedagogy
  • Be able to design powerful formative questions and quizzes that can be used during teaching to identify pupil misconceptions and learner needs
  • Design formative and summative assessments that are demonstrably reliable in supporting curriculum planning and tracking progress

Within a department or phase:

  • Structured collaboration, driven and supported by trained Assessment Leads to link curriculum and pedagogy through effective use of assessment
  • Improve reliability of judgements in both formative and summative approaches
  • Build a bank of powerful formative questions for diagnostic use when planning schemes of work

Whole school:

  • In-house support for teachers’ development in assessment practice
  • A replicable model for activating change with Assessment Leads modelling good practice - taking on the role of ‘expert practitioner’

What's the format?

In line with the best available evidence in teacher CPD, the programme is structured over time, with participants learning and developing their practice in manageable units, at their own pace and over three school terms.

Term 1

Develop your assessment knowledge, skills and confidence

Term 2

Apply your learning. Get practical and learn from experience

Term 3

Drive the improvement of assessment quality and practice

All learning material, tools, resources and support are delivered via a personalised and engaging online learning platform. However, the real learning takes place in your school; applying the theory to your individual context, using the resources, working with colleagues to design and refine your assessments and generally honing your skills to harness the power of assessment in your department or phase!

Flexible, practical and supported learning

Learn around your own timetable at a time and pace that suits you. Benefit from:


£1,000 for two people. We insist on a minimum of two people per school because Professional Development has more impact when people collaborate and support each other! Additional places are £450 per person

For whom?

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

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

Book your place today

Great news! You can now book your place for the next Assessment Lead Programme cohort, which starts on April 18, 2018. Registrations close on April 4 at 23:59.

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