Excellence in Assessment (schools) programme


Getting assessment right is one of the most crucial aspects of running a school effectively. The challenges are significant but getting it right supports many other areas.

To support the development of your school’s assessment practices and procedures or to quality assure your current practices, your school could apply for the Excellence in Assessment (schools) programme.

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.

What does the programme provide?

The programme provides the following:

  • an objective diagnostic view of the school’s processes and procedures for assessment
  • the testing out of the school’s policy, processes and procedures against a rigorous framework
  • recognition of the school’s commitment to best assessment practices and staff development
  • successful schools will receive a year’s free membership of the CIEA Schools Membership scheme to support ongoing development in a changing environment.

How does it work?

A school seeking the award completes the application process and is allocated a Chartered Education Assessor, who holds a charter from and is appointed by the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and has a wide ranging experience of making judgments and providing diagnostic feedback. The school is sent an overview of the assessment framework and uses this to prepare and submit evidence of its plans and processes. There is no expected fixed format for this and schools can respond in ways that suit their own systems and practices. The Assessor then reviews the submission and presents their findings to appropriate staff from the school.

The meeting is intended to be a dialogue between the Assessor and the school’s lead on assessment, and will confirm good practice as well as recommend changes or additions. This may include requests for additional content or amendments to the plan. 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.

Case studies

Read about the experiences of schools who have taken part in the Excellence in Assessment (Schools) programme

Four Dwellings Primary Academy

Forest Gate Community School

Gordon's School

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

Nicola Crossley - Chartered Educational Assessor

How do I apply?

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

How much will it cost?

The cost of the accreditation is £1395 for schools wishing to join the programme. 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 will then contact you to provide further information about the application process.