22 November 2017

The Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors spent two days last week with enthusiastic University of Hertfordshire Newly Qualified Teachers.

The Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA) delivered their Foundations and Principles of Assessment course to primary and secondary Newly Qualified Teachers. The CIEA, a charity, incorporated by Royal Charter, promoting excellence in all aspects of educational assessment has been based in the School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire since March 2016.

As the title of the course suggests, the course explores the key principles behind conducting robust, valid and reliable assessments which are fit for purpose. In addition to making paper airplanes, which produced some very impressive prototypes, the Newly Qualified Teachers spent time considering:

  • The purposes of assessments
  • Making the assessment fit the purpose
  • Making use of what we learn from assessments

Feedback from attendees was very positive. Comments included:

“I have a clearer understanding of the use of assessment and it gave me time to reflect on the assessment practices of myself and my school. It was very useful to share ideas and experiences with peers.”

“One of the activities pushed me to self–reflect about my own marking – when we were feeding back on the paper planes.”

“I have come away with a deeper understanding of what assessment really is and what it looks like. Discussions and activities were engaging and the presenter was extremely knowledgeable.”

Whilst assessment attracts an increasingly high profile within schools, time spent ensuring teachers understand the fundamentals of good assessment is often overlooked. This course which is relevant for all primary and secondary teachers, provides a basis on which both formative and summative assessments can be built on sound principles. Should you be interested in offering this course to your school, group of schools, multi-academy trust or local authority please contact administratorciea@herts.ac.uk.