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Decoupling formative and summative assessment in schools: why and how

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Inspiration Trust Curriculum Centre

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Norwich

NR1 2PW

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Many confusions surround the roles of formative and summative assessment. Ineffective practice that fails to acknowledge their distinctive character and roles is very common. Summative assessments are often used too frequently and inferences are made which are inappropriate. Attention to the role of knowledge in a curriculum makes it particularly important that the respective roles are clarified and used effectively. This course will draw on theory and research into formative and summative assessment and, in particular, the arguments advanced in the recent work of Daisy Christodoulou (Making Good Progress: the future of Assessment for Learning) for decoupling formative and summative assessment.

Attendees will take away (i) principles of formative assessment packages which allow them to assess in low-stakes, subject-sensitive ways which are thorough in securing long-term proficiency; (ii) an understanding of the key features of summative assessment and sampling an ever larger domain; (iii) the importance of treating the whole curriculum as the progression model instead of relying on skills-based hierarchies.


Who should attend?

The course is suitable for all teachers, middle leaders and senior leaders wanting to break away from excessive use of summative assessment and to move towards a curriculum design model rather than an intervention model.

Those attending may also wish to attend the more practical follow-up course "How do marking, feedback and formative assessment support knowledge-rich learning?"


The tutors

Christine Counsell is director of education at the Inspiration Trust. Her career includes 10 years of classroom teaching and leadership, work as a local authority adviser (primary and secondary), early years lecturing in ITT, two decades of teacher training and development at the University of Cambridge and extensive national and international work advising on curriculum issues with teachers, scholars and policy-makers. Christine has published widely, including academic papers, practical guides and classroom resources and has extensive experience of primary and secondary whole-school inset, especially in literacy and knowledge.

Michael Fordham is a subject specialist leader for history at Inspiration Trust. He formerly taught in three state comprehensives, holding positions as head of history and assistant principal. Michael is an influential researcher, author, editor, blogger and speaker on curriculum issues. He has extensive experience as a trainer, including projects in Kazakhstan and as teacher-in-residence for the Singapore Ministry of Education. He is currently pursuing a doctorate examining how communities of expert subject teachers share, scrutinise and build collective professional-scholarly knowledge.


Booking discounts

Staff at schools in Norfolk and north Suffolk can claim a 50% discount on course costs - simply use the ANGLIA promotional code when booking.

Inspiration Teaching School Alliance partners qualify for priority booking and a 70% discount on course costs; please contact your school for your promotional code.

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Inspiration Trust Curriculum Centre

256 Hall Road

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NR1 2PW

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