AlphaPlus - Supporting awarding organisations

Training services for awarding organisation teams

Assessment and learning

Level:  Introductory

Duration:  4 hours

Description:  ‘I believe in assessment for learning, not of learning’ has been a buzz phrase in recent years, and has led to many developments in formative assessment.

But what does it really mean, and what opportunities does it present for awarding organisations? What do we understand about the impact of formative assessment on learning, and what are the challenges in implementing formative assessment effectively? And what are the principles that will help educators to do formative assessment well? In particular, how do formative assessment principles operate in post-16 education, and what is the difference between formative, diagnostic and other types of assessment used in adult education? 

Topics covered:

  • definitions of assessment for learning
  • evaluation, formative, diagnostic and summative assessment
  • provision of effective feedback
  • active involvement of students in their own learning
  • adjusting teaching to take account of the results of assessment
  • assessment, motivation and self esteem
  • self-assessment
  • peer assessment

Typical Task – consideration of how assessment for learning can be incorporated into your qualification assessment structure.


For more information about our AO training service, please contact Giilian Whitehouse:

Email Gillian

Phone: 07881 361718

Sample training materials

We recognise that many of our courses deal with complex topics which can take time to understand. All our delegates receive a complete training pack comprising the materials covered, a handbook covering the subject, copies of the exercises, and a targeted reading list for further study.

We've uploaded some of our training materials for you to view. Please click on the link below to access a zip file of these PDFs:

  • Vocational qualification development guidance
  • Vocational qualification development presentation
  • Vocational qualification development reading list

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