Planning for Learning: formative assessment RX049 / BC01

Start date
26 May 22
13 Hours
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD


This course combines the benefits of two modes of learning: 

  • Direct support and interaction with the course leader and other teachers across four remotely delivered sessions, where you will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on key concepts.
  • Self-paced online learning, including real classroom footage, and guided by experts in assessment for learning: Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education; Christine Harrison, Professor in Science Education, Kings College London; and Dr Andrea Mapplebeck.

The course adopts a reflective approach and will encourage changes in classroom practice that will have a direct impact on pupils' learning.

You’ll plan to identify your learners’ thinking, develop the way you use evidence of pupil understanding to inform your teaching, clarify learning goals and fine-tune your teaching to progress your pupils’ understanding, both in and between lessons.

You will explore how you can identify learners’ starting points, use success criteria, and develop your classroom questioning to adjust your teaching approach and respond to pupil learning.

Who is it for?

This course is for teachers, curriculum leaders, trainees, early career teachers and others involved in teaching Science, Engineering, Technology, Computing or Maths. It’s suitable for educators working at primary, secondary or further education. Teachers of other disciplines may find this course useful in applying assessment for learning approaches

What topics are covered?

  • planning to gather evidence about your students' learning
  • planning to address misconceptions
  • collecting evidence to inform your teaching
  • planning to respond to student understanding during lessons

How will you learn?

This is a blended learning course, delivered through a combination of live, remote sessions and self-paced online learning. You can complete online sessions at any time between the remote sessions, and at your own pace.  Each self-paced session includes a classroom task which will be reviewed in the following live, remote session.

How long is this course?

This course takes around 13 hours to complete and consists for four remote sessions, combined with 9 hours of self-paced online learning. The remote sessions are two weeks apart to allow you time to complete the self-paced, online sessions.  

Who is the course leader?


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify pupils' starting points and how to plan to move them forward successfully.
  • Demonstrate how to make evidence-informed judgements about your pupils.
  • Apply a range of approaches to respond and adapt teaching during and in between lessons.
  • Develop your planning for flexibility and evidence collecting opportunities, including addressing difficult areas and misconceptions.


1. What is planning for learning and why is it important?26 May 202215:30-16:30Virtual
2. Collecting evidence27 May 202200:00-00:00
3. Misconceptions as a starting point for planning teaching16 June 202215:30-16:30Virtual
4. Clarifying learning upfront17 June 202200:00-00:00Virtual
5. Inference & Tuning your Teaching30 June 202215:30-16:30Virtual
6. Responding to the evidence01 July 202200:00-00:00Virtual
7. Reviewing and Celebrating Learning14 July 202215:30-16:30Virtual

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£143.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£215.00 +VAT

Additional information

Our remote CPD courses for teachers are delivered across a series of sessions run at specific times and dates. Information on all course sessions can be found under the description of each course. To complete a course, all sessions are mandatory.

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