This training day focuses on leveraging assessment strategies as a transformative tool for enhancing pupil learning, particularly for Pupil Premium, neurodiverse learners and those with English as an Additional Language (EAL). The day will be structured around understanding the multifaceted purposes of assessment, incorporating strategic use of data for informed decision-making, and cultivating a consistent approach across teaching practices.

Assessment Strategies INSET Outline

Rethinking the Purpose and Pitfalls of Assessment

Objective: To unpack the core purposes of assessment and address common misconceptions and pitfalls.

Key Content:

  • The dual role of assessment: Informative for teaching vs. reporting progress.
  • Exploring schema-building through assessment: enhancing metacognitive skills and student self-awareness.
  • Recognising variation and the subjectivity in assessments: Understanding the bell curve and the arbitrary nature of grading.
  • Challenges in current assessment systems: Data delusions, Heath Robinson systems, and the need for authentic, actionable data.
  • Activity: Reflective discussion on how current assessment practices align with these principles and identifying areas for improvement.

Assessment Strategies: The Bridge between Teaching and Learning

Objective: To enable teachers to effectively use data to tailor their teaching strategies for improving student outcomes.

Key Content:

  • Principles for effective use of data: Long-term view, solution-focused approach, and treating data as indicators not absolutes.
  • Using your school assessment results to inform teaching and learning strategies.
  • Strategies for involving students and parents in the assessment process.
  • Activity: Hands-on workshop using real assessment data to plan targeted lessons for underperforming groups.

Implementing and sustaining highly effective classroom assessment strategies

Objective: To explore effective implementation of assessment, focusing on active learning and student participation in the assessment process.

Key Content:

  • Techniques for peer assessment, self-assessment, and formative feedback.
  • Developing a culture of continuous feedback and learning.
  • Meta-cognition strategies to enhance student self-regulation.
  • Activity: Role-play scenarios to practice feedback techniques and self-assessment methods.

Utilizing Assessment Data in Pupil Progress Meetings

Objective: To master the strategic use of assessment data in pupil progress meetings to drive continuous improvement.

Key Content:

  • Analyzing data to identify trends and commonalities among underachieving groups.
  • Systemic review of strategies based on data findings.
  • Preparing for meaningful dialogue with parents and students using assessment data.
  • Activity: Mock pupil progress meeting utilizing provided data sets, focusing on actionable insights.

Strategic Review of Teaching and Learning

Objective: To critically evaluate and refine curriculum, pedagogy, interventions, and operational strategies based on assessment data.

Key Content:

  • Curriculum alignment and the integration of review periods.
  • Pedagogical adjustments for differentiated instruction and scaffolding.
  • Evaluation and planning of interventions for timing and effectiveness.
  • Operations management including timetable adaptations and resource allocation.
  • Activity: Group discussions to propose and critique modifications in curriculum, pedagogy, interventions, and operations.

Assessment Strategies Takeaways and Reflective Practice

Key Takeaways:

  • Deeper understanding of the comprehensive role of assessment in enhancing educational outcomes.
  • Practical strategies and frameworks for using assessment to directly influence pupil progression.
  • Preparedness for implementing consistent and effective assessment practices across the school.
  • Reflective Prompt: Reflect on the training day’s insights. What immediate steps will you take to integrate these strategies into your classroom practices? How will you engage with colleagues to ensure a unified approach to assessment?

This training day is designed to transform your understanding and application of assessment, turning it into a powerful catalyst for educational improvement and pupil success.

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