11 November 2019

School leaders from across the Greater Manchester region gathered at Westfield Community School in Wigan to attend the launch of the CIEA’s first UK Assessment Hub.

The event on Thursday 07 November hit the headlines a few days later when a full report and photograph featured on the Wigan Today website.

Teachers and school leaders from more than 15 local schools attended the meeting which focussed on ‘curriculum and assessment’, a particularly topical area for many senior school leaders considering the impact of recent changes to the Ofsted Inspection Framework.

The speakers were Mick Walker, Vice Chair of the CIEA, and Sharon Baker, Deputy Headteacher at Westfield Community School.

Ross Aldridge, Deputy Headteacher at Marus Bridge Primary School, who attended the event, said: “Mick Walker is an inspirational speaker who articulates (with a touch of humour!) a clear vision of how curriculum and assessment are inextricably linked. Using the support of CIEA, Westfield are leading the way in providing meaningful assessment in schools and we, along with a number of schools, are therefore really looking forward to future collaboration and training with them!”

Download Mick Walker's presentation on the subject of 'Curriculum Design and the role of Assessment'

'Tailored support'

Based at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, the CIEA is a charity, incorporated by Royal Charter, which aims to develop, strengthen and disseminate good assessment practice, to ensure that all learners’ achievements are assessed in a fair, transparent and accurate manner.

The CIEA’s first Assessment Hub in the Northwest will strengthen the reach of the CIEA in the area and provide tailored support that will respond to the needs and requirements of local schools. The CIEA aims to enhance the professional standing of teachers and positively impact on teaching and learning by holding a series of events, workshops and continuing professional development at the Wigan Assessment Hub.

Headteacher of Westfield Community School, Tim Sherriff said: "I am delighted that Westfield has been chosen to be the CIEA’s first hub nationally. At Westfield we believe that accurate assessment is fundamental to gaining an understanding of how well pupils are achieving. We look forward to working with other schools in the North-West to develop this."

Excellence in Assessment school

Westfield Community School is perfectly placed to host the Assessment Hub having recently achieved re-accreditation as an Excellence in Assessment school, a CIEA accreditation process which quality assures the assessment practices and processes in a school. Additionally, Deputy Headteacher Sharon Baker is about to complete her training to become a Chartered Educational Assessor.

CIEA Vice Chair Mick Walker said: “Westfield Community School has a national reputation for the quality of education it provides for its pupils and the support it provides for its own staff and others in the region to develop their expertise. I have worked extensively with the excellent WOWS consortium of schools in Wigan so I am delighted to see this collaboration with an esteemed national body. Educational assessment is at the heart of high-quality teaching and learning, so this is a great opportunity to celebrate and develop education in the Northwest of England.”

Training opportunities

The CIEA welcomes all teachers and school leaders from across the region to attend Hub events. The first training course to be held at the Wigan Assessment Hub will be the Chartered Educational Assessor training which will be held at Westfield Community School on 29th and 30th January 2020.

For further information contact administratorciea@herts.ac.uk.