Course Cost:

Non Members: £195.00 (excluding VAT)

Members: £135 (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

01 January 2020

Course Time

09:30 to 15:30


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Assessment through Observation in the Foundation Stage

was £195.00+VAT per person

Book 1 place only £175+VAT per person

Book 2 places only £150+VAT per person

Book 3 places only £135+VAT per person

  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 observation to assess the attainment of children. It helps participants to acquire the basic observational skills necessary to evaluate individual and group attainment. The training is very practical in nature, giving participants the opportunity to discuss observations and learn to apply key criteria. It includes the use of the Foundation Stage assessments, the development bands and the early learning goals. It explores ways to use target setting and assessment for learning.

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

Introductions Assessment terminology
  • School self-evaluation.
  • Assessment.
  • Assessment terminology.
  • Embedded learning
  • Early Learning Goal.
  • Ages and starting points.
  • The structure and use of the assessment criteria.
  • The Early Learning Goals.
  • National expectations.

Session 2

  • The changes in 2015.
  • Key points from the relevant documentation.
  • Development matters and the concept of best-fit.
  • Using criteria to assess individual attainment.
  • Criterion profiling and quality assuring.
  • Observing children (CLL)
  • Methodology
  • DVD
  • Making judgements

Session 3

Observing children (PSED)
  • DVD
  • Applying the criteria.
  • Making judgements.
  • Assessing with purpose in mind (mathematics).
  • DVD
  • Using assessment scales to identify learning needs.
  • Applying the criteria.
  • Making judgements.

Session 4

Assessing the attainment of group (mathematics)  
  • DVD
  • Applying the criteria.
  • Making judgements.
  • Bringing it together (CLL and phonics)
  • DVD
  • Applying the criteria.
  • Making judgements.
  • Completing the assessment process.
  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

Membership special offers

13 June 2016:

Members Advance Booking Discount

Members: 1 place £150+VAT Members: 2 places £140+VAT per person Members: 3 places £130+VAT per person Members: 4 places £120+VAT per person

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