Utilising Data and Leading Assessment

Data should be a driving force for school improvement. All colleagues should be comfortable in using data to support their teaching and learning and other responsibilities they may have.

School leaders must ensure the data collected is meaningful and useful to support student progress and not over burdensome to colleagues.

Data should be used by a school to identify its strengths and weaknesses as well as groups of young people or subjects or phases that are underperforming.

Schools need to have a published assessment, recording, tracking and reporting calendar published in different form for different audiences.

The school must know what inspectors expect to see in relation to assessment, recording and tracking.

This course is designed for school leaders and assessment coordinators looking for the answers to how to develop a rigorous system of assessment and tracking which will stand up to external scrutiny.

Course Outline

The role and challenges of leading data at school

The uses of data as a school leader

What is the link between Learning, Teaching and Assessment?

What makes effective assessment in schools?

  • Agreeing the fundamentals of great assessment in [your] school
  • Measuring & tracking attainment and progress
  • What approaches are being developed for recording attainment and progress?
  • Inspectors’ expectations in relation to assessment, recording and tracking.

Reducing teacher workload around Assessment

  • How to cut out unnecessary data collections
  • Rethinking outdated assessment policies and rewriting in a “useable form.
  • Ensuring assessment strategies improve pupil progress.

Assessment practice which supports pupils’ learning as it happens

  • Embedding effective language for learning
  • Dialogic teaching
  • Impact of a Growth Mindset
  • The role of formative and summative assessments

Reporting and Communicating with Parents

  • Established best practice in schools.
  • How can you report to parents clearly?

Planning changes/developments across the school.

To book your place, please email [email protected] with the title and date of the course along with your full name and school name.

Presenter Profile

Jonathan Block is a teacher, ex secondary headteacher and experienced facilitator/trainer. His MBA specialised in international educational leadership. He qualified as an Ofsted inspector. On leaving headship he was researching into the mental health of head teachers and possible support mechanisms. He has worked for University College London to train their facilitators for its school leadership programmes as well as both writing and delivering to school leaders. In the last few years, he has travelled internationally to deliver bespoke training on behalf of UCL and the British Council.

Jonathan has also worked for Ambition School Leadership and several London Boroughs, inspecting, and delivering a range of leadership and teaching and learning programmes. He is a trustee of a charity that trains child psychotherapist and counsellors and has supported them to set up its own centre in North London. The charity does much outreach work in schools in the greater London area.

Cost: £250 per delegate; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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