Assessment for Learning: Working Smarter not Harder


Target GroupRefresher for all classroom teachers/NQTs/HLTAs/PPA teachers/Returnees/Induction and EPD tutors/Leaders of teaching and learning


20 November 2018
Price: £ 216.00
Venue: Future Inn Cardiff Bay, Hemingway Road, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4AU
Time: 8.30 registration for a 9am start
Cost of course is £180 plus VAT

Significant evidence, including that of the Education Endowment Foundation and John Hattie, cite the substantial impact that assessment for learning has on pupil progress when it is done well. The inset day will focus on what works well in primary classes. A key feature will be how to ensure that pupils are working harder than teachers, with feedback!

The day will focus on both the FP and KS2. There will be a focus on the FP based around structures/routines of AfL that can be used by very young children to self/peer assess that have been deemed excellent by Estyn.
Themes covered will include:
  • high quality objectives and success criteria
  • using higher order questions
  • effective feedback and feedforward
  • self and peer assessment
  • making the most of plenaries.

Course Provider: Gareth Coombes

Gareth is an Educational Consultant, he has 17 years’ advisory experience. Previously he has worked as a Challenge Adviser, a Lead Adviser in Newport LA, with a key responsibility for leadership and teaching and learning across the city's 54 primary schools. Prior to that Gareth worked in Torfaen and in an earlier life was a very successful primary headteacher.
Gareth is an Estyn Inspector of both Key Stage 2 and Foundation Phase. He is experienced in international working, particularly in the Far East, most recently in Dubai and Myanmar. 
In his INSET, he will outline successful strategies, citing the many instances of excellent and good practices that he observes on his travels. His Inset is underpinned by up-to-date educational research. He believes in supporting schools with the 'how to do it' as opposed to the 'what to do'. His style is engaging and varied! He tells it as it is! He has presented at range of conferences.
Gareth’s fields of expertise are all aspects of leadership and effective teaching and learning. He has created a series of supportive educational products, particularly Leadership Continua, Middle Leaders Continua, Continua for LSAs, Continua for Kids and materials to support effective self-evaluation and work scrutiny.  More recently he has been supporting schools with the writing of shorter, high-quality  SERs!
In partnership, he has re-launched Teaching Continua, currently used in over 500 schools, as an on-line developmental self-evaluation tool for teachers and school development. He is currently working on materials to support schools in developing Successful Futures.