Course Cost:

Non Members: £195.00 (excluding VAT)

Members: £130 (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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This one day course is aimed at middle and senior managers including deputy headteachers, assistant headteachers, subject and phase leaders, and anyone with leadership responsibility. The course materials are mainly from the primary phase but the skills taught are generic. The course helps leaders and managers understand the practical aspects of their role and acquire the basic skills used by inspectors to evaluate performance, make judgements, and identify priorities for improvement.

Course Objectives:

  • Examine and raise awareness of the leadership roles and responsibilities that are explored through the inspection process.
  • Become proficient at making and communicating judgements about pupil outcomes, provision, and leadership and management.
  • Develop the basic data handling skills used to monitor and evaluate attainment, progress, and achievement.
  • Acquire the necessary work sampling skills to quality assure teacher assessment and validate judgements about pupil progress.
  • Introduce essential lesson observation skills used during focused observations.
  • Establish the link between evaluation and school improvement planning and present a practical model to support the planning process.

Course Overview and In-School Training Information

The course is designed to help middle managers and subject leaders, senior manages including deputy headteachers and assistant headteachers to understand at a practical level the self-evaluation aspects of their role. The course helps participants to acquire the same basic skills used by inspectors so that they can successfully evaluate performance, make judgements, and identify priorities for improvement. The course materials are mainly from the primary phase but the skills taught are generic.

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

Middle managers and teachers with subject responsibilities in Primary and Secondary schools.

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

  • Basic expectations
  • Leadership or management
  • School inspection handbook
  • Self-evaluation
  • School improvement and school development
  • Core evaluation skills for leaders and managers
  • The evidence necessary to demonstrate impact

Session 2

National expectations
  • Criterion referenced descriptors
  • Good progress
  • National expectations (until 2015) and prior attainment
  • Assessment terminology
  • Embedded learning (a secure knowledge, milestone or level)
  • Best fit
  • A secure assessment
  • The link with teaching and learning
  • Formative assessment and learning needs
  • Assessment without levels
  • Methods of assessment
  • New curriculum assessment milestones
  • The new curriculum and summative assessment
  • Using points and marking systems

Session 3

Using data
  • Profiling progress
  • Progression mapping
  • Features of the communication genre
  • Links to teaching and learning
  • Profiling progress across the school
  • Evaluating the key stage progress of a group without levels
  • Plotting annual progress using milestones created by the school
Work sampling
  • Work sampling methodology
  • How strong is progress

Session 4

Classroom observation
  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Characteristics of effective learning
  • Profiling teaching, learning and assessment using inspection criteria
  • Recording relevant evidence: the context
  • Forming the hypothesis
  • Relevant evidence: the purpose of the lesson
  • Relevant evidence: attainment demonstrated by the pupils
  • Checking accuracy through work sampling
  • Feedback from inspectors
  • Feedback to teachers
  • Planning considerations
School improvement planning
  • Integrating school self-evaluation with school improvement planning
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 was a full-time lead inspector for thirteen years. 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. We reserve the right to replace the advertised tutor with another appropriately advertised tutor.  
“Clear explanations and sufficient time given for questions, clarification etc…very useful, practical and given good points to work on for the future.”
“Clear explanations of how the points scale impacts on school performance. Very competent tutor who had great manner during delivery.”
“The content itself- I have a much clearer view of what needs to be done for writing an action plan etc... and how data can be analysed….thank you for an enjoyable day”.
“I found the course very useful and believe it will help hugely with my summative assessment in particular. Thankyou!”
“Good materials and information... well presented and very relevant to our needs”.
“The day has provided all teaching staff (with a wide range of experience) with a valuable starting point in data analysis and judgements”.
“Excellent presentation! Great trainer. Masses of really good material which, along with training points, will have an immediate impact on my practice and that of the school overall”.
“Once again...thank you for making the information understandable and linked to our school and our classes”.
"Very well delivered in a professional but relaxing and non-threatening manner"
"Very clear instructions and guidance"
"Thoroughly enjoyable day thank you"
"A very informative day! A real skill based session where we had the chance to practice things to use back in school with data etc."
"Very informative"
Participants have identified the following as being the strongest features of the training:
Looking at the latest changes to inspections and looking at key features to reduce the time spent observing.
Developing skills in work sampling in a much slicker way. Great lunch
Data analysis session was very relevant.
Benchmarking tools very useful.
Data analysis strategies to discuss when involved with an inspector (arguing!) monitoring strategies.
Clear explanations and instructions to demonstrate developing the skills taught
Discussing different aspects of monitoring and how to create ‘the bigger pictures’ Great Lunch!
Resources provided
New curriculum approaches
The examples and information that can be implemented eg data, observation
Thinking more deeply and diagnosis with lots of opportunities to try out new ways of doing things, thank you
Good examples - videos - great folder to take away.
Using data
Helped me to think more about monitoring on a wider basis. proformas/ideas given
Gave me opportunities to reflect on my role. Enabled me to gain knowledge about data, monitoring and lesson observations.
Use of data and lesson observations (learning walks), making judgements.
Food, examples of how to delegate leadership, examples of work scrutiny.
Making judgements. Work sampling
Clear/broken down into chunks (manageable)
Provided a great intro for me who is new to the role
Clarity and delivery
Knowledge of tutor and ability to answer questions posed.
The knowledge and information to develop own practise.
Assessment and observation
Lesson observation training. Using data to decide on priorities

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