Course Cost:

Non Members: £195 (excluding VAT)

Members: £175.50 (excluding VAT)

Course Length: 1 Day

Venue address:
PBM Inspection Services, Heath House Training and Conference Centre, Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 7BY

Course Date

23 May 2018

Course Time

09:30 to 15:30

Assessment through observation in the EYFS: A practical guide

The cost of this course includes a CD with course materials plus a DVD containing a couple of the short film clips used within the course to enable you to disseminate information in your own school.

The course is designed to help Foundation Stage practitioners to use observation to assess the attainment of children in the foundation stage.

By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with:

  • observation and assessment methodology;
  • assessing individual attainment and group attainment;
  • making judgements;
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses and next steps in learning;
  • establishing priorities, target setting, and planning action to bring about improvement.

Course Overview and In-School Training Information

The course helps participants use criterion referenced observation to assess the attainment of children. It helps participants to understanding in-school formative assessment and in-school summative assessment and to use these when assessing the attainment and progress of individuals and groups. The training is very practical in nature, giving participants the opportunity to discuss observations and learn to apply key criteria.

In-School Training

This course is available as in-school training. If you would like to find out more about in-school training please go to the in-school training section   CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT IN SCHOOL TRAINING
  or call us on 01889 567 014

Aimed at

Practitioners in the Foundation Stage.  

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

Assessment 2016
  • Types of assessment
  • Principles of in-school formative assessment
  • Principles of in-school summative assessment
  • Purposes and principles of assessment: guidance
  • Learning, progress and achievement
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Assessment and development bands
  • Making comparisons
  • Criterion referenced assessment
  • Fine-tune assessment
  • Best fit

Session 2

Starting points
  • Characteristics of effective learning
  • Case Study DVD: QCA clip
  • Key points from the relevant documentation Definitions
Criterion referencing
  • Knowledge profiling, best-fit conclusions, and quality assurance
Observing individuals
  • Methodology
  • Case study DVD: role play outdoors, Reception
  • Case study DVD: role play indoors

Session 3

Benchmark children
  • Case study DVD: drawing on the tarmac, Nursery
Assessing with purpose in mind
  • Case study DVD: telephone teddy, Reception
  • Checking if knowledge is embedded
  • Case study DVD: ordering numbers
  • When knowledge cannot be demonstrated

Session 4

Assessing the attainment of groups
  • Case study DVD: spinner and dice
  • Case study DVD: outdoors
  • Applying the criteria.
  • Making judgements.
Summative assessment
  • Tracking progress termly
  • Making judgements
  • DVD
As part of our quality assurance policy, and to ensure courses are always up to date, we reserve the right to update, alter and improve courses without prior notice in order to encompass any emerging changes in legislation, framework, or government guidance.

Tutor information and course feedback


Bruce McAlpine has managed the Company for 18 years. He writes and develops training materials and tutors many of the courses. He is an experienced lead inspector and was an additional inspector. Before becoming an inspector, he taught in infant, primary and middle schools and was a headteacher for seventeen years. His specialist areas include English, mathematics, art, the Foundation Stage, educational management, special educational needs, and English as an additional language. He has an excellent track record as a consultant and trainer. The company reserves the right to replace the named tutor with another appropriately qualified tutor.


I have much clearer understanding of purpose of assessment, nature of planning and self-evaluation
Excellent information and great teaching
No waffle! Totally focussed and all useful
Great, useful information given to both teachers and leadership
Well paced, interesting and challenging
I think we could do with another day of this!
Fantastic subject knowledge, explained in a very clear + logical way.  Fantastic venue, food + facilities.
Explained in detail, with examples & able to have a go
Extremely informative and EYFS specific. Very useful!
Small group, tailored to needs
The information given to enable me to make judgements on children.
The chance to discuss our own school situations with respect to the course material.

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