This course is designed for all teachers of A Level Psychology who wish to further understand assessment for learning and ways to encourage independence in their students. The day will offer truly practical, tried and tested strategies to use assessment as an incredibly powerful tool to raise student attainment.

The sessions before lunch will focus on how to successfully use assessment in the classroom in order to raise attainment. This will include effective data tracking, intervention, target setting and feedback.

The afternoon session will focus on improving the independence of your students with practical examples to achieve this. The new linear specifications have been written with independence in mind. There is a clear link between the outstanding use of AfL and independent approaches: the more high quality feedback and information we can give our students, the more independent they will become: these strategies have been used by the presenter to achieve outstanding A Level examination results. During the day delegates will also have the chance to share good practice, ideas and strategies.


  • Increase understanding of assessment for learning and how to apply this to raise standards
  • Understand how to effectively track and monitor students and their learning
  • Gain new strategies for effective feedback and marking
  • Enhance ability to use data to improve student performance
  • Take away practical strategies to greatly improve student independence both in lessons and over longer periods of times
  • Explore a full range of new ideas to help prepare for the new specification requirements


“Thank-you, very useful! Great for networking and excellent course leader. Practical strategies were most useful.” – Portsmouth High School, Wednesday 16th November 2016


COURSE DATE London, Thursday 29 June 2017
WHO FOR?  All teachers of Psychology, new or experienced, who want successful outcomes through effective AfL and independent learning
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 11.15am: Assessment for Learning: new inspiration for the new specifications

  • Understanding exactly what Afl should be
  • Strategies for successful AfL in the classroom
  • How to develop high level assessment strategies as an integral part of grade 1 teaching and learning
  • Sharing learning goals and improving rates of progress
  • Effective teacher and peer assessment
  • Practical strategies to use for the new specifications

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion :coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Tracking and monitoring: outstanding classroom approaches

  • Good and bad feedback techniques: making sure written feedback is acted upon
  • Summative and formative assessment strategies that really work
  • Ongoing grade review throughout the year
  • How to use the most useful data (not only numbers) to track, monitor and drive exceptional student progress

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 3.00pm: Creating and keeping independence from September onwards

  • How to instill a culture of independence from day one!
  • Setting the right standards at induction for the new specifications
  • Ofsted grade 1 lessons: a full range of independent tasks (and how to deliver them) to satisfy the new grade 1 criteria: make sure that the students are working harder than you
  • Practical examples and strategies to use in the classroom
  • Differentiating between difficult tasks and complex tasks
  • Avoiding unhelpful teaching styles that encourage dependency

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion :afternoon tea


3.15 – 3.45pm: Exceptional questioning to make students independent

  • How to plan a full range of questions in advance with independence in mind
  • How to ask pertinent and concise questions which really make students think
  • Practical examples of outstanding questions for some challenging A Level topics