Excellence in Assessment (Schools) Programme

PadFollowing a successful pilot, this exciting development by the CIEA, led by Chartered Assessors and experienced assessment practitioners, was launched on the 1 June 2015.

What is it?

It is an accreditation of the procedures, processes and systems that schools and academies have in place to manage and implement assessment. Institutions that receive accreditation will have met stringent criteria for excellence. As an accreditation process rather than an inspection, the assessor will act as an enabler, helping to audit what exists already in the school and evolving what is needed to reach the required standard. It is a developmental scheme covering everything about assessment from governance to policy, and from its operation to training and reporting.

How does it work?

An experienced Chartered Assessor evaluates the institution’s assessment processes then identifies gaps and provides feedback for any necessary improvements. After changes have been put in place and any gaps filled, the Assessor reviews the revised framework and submits the final outcome with recommendations to the CIEA for consideration. The scheme is suitable for all types of school across all phases – primary, secondary and tertiary.  It is suitable for all schools whatever their Ofsted category; in the pilot there were schools in special measures and schools rated as outstanding.

Case study

Find out more about one school's experience of the Excellence in Assessment (Schools) programme

Excellence in Assessment Schools

The following have achieved Excellence in Assessment (Schools) accreditation

The CIEA Assessors Team

Christopher Reynolds - Project Director

Bruce Warburton - Chartered Educational Assessor

Dawn Jones - Chartered Educational Assessor

Nicky Crossley - Chartered Educational Assessor

How do I apply?

Completion of a simple Application Form emailed to administratorciea@herts.ac.uk

What happens?

On receipt of the completed application form an invoice is sent out, an assessor allocated and the institution is sent an overview of the 8 key areas of assessment as a framework for supporting evidence of its plans and processes.  There is no expected fixed format for this as it is understood institutions operate in many different ways. Once the Assessor has completed the review, a meeting will be arranged with appropriate staff from the institution to go over their findings.

This may include requests for additional content or amendments to the plan. The meeting is intended to be a dialogue between the Assessor and the institution’s lead on assessment, and will confirm good practice as well as recommend changes or additions. Following the meeting the institution will make any revisions and resubmit to the Assessor within an agreed timeframe.  There may be further communication between the Assessor and the assessment lead to complete the process.

The Assessor then forwards the plans to the CIEA with a recommendation for accreditation, or further review.  The institution will be notified of the outcome soon afterwards, and where successful, will be awarded the certificate of Excellence in Assessment (Schools). The school retains the Assessment Quality Assurance Plan and Review document as evidence of the school’s achievement in the area of assessment policy and practice, and as a useful tool for future growth.

What are the benefits?

The scheme provides:

  • external recognition by the CIEA of the organisation’s commitment to best assessment practices
  • raised public awareness of the institution’s recognition of the importance of a structured assessment process
  • an objective view of the institution’s processes and procedures for assessment without the pressure of an inspection
  • recognition of the organisation’s commitment to continuous professional development
  • testing out the institution’s policy, processes and procedures against the rigorous framework for assessment developed by the CIEA, an independent charity working towards promoting excellence in assessment.
  • successful schools will receive one year’s free membership of the CIEA Schools Membership scheme for four staff plus Headteacher.

How much will it cost?

The cost of the accreditation is normally £1795 but has been reduced to just £1395 for schools wishing to join the programme in 2016/17. This covers the review by the Assessor, the meeting to discuss the findings, a review of the final submission and the consideration of the recommendation for accreditation or review by the CIEA.  It also covers the expenses of the Assessor so there are no hidden costs.  The institution will receive a certificate and permission to use the accreditation logo for three years.  A plaque will be available if required for a small additional cost.

Want to be part of it?

Please send an email expressing interest to administratorciea@herts.ac.uk

We shall then contact you to provide further information about the application process.