Course Options: 3 Days

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25

Full day from:
£2790 + VAT to £3390 + VAT

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Course costs are based on 15 participants

This course can be tailored to your individual requirements

3 Day Foundation Stage Course: Evaluating Achievement In The Foundation Stage

Day 1: Assessment Through Observation And The Foundation Stage Profile

A practical guide

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

Day 2: Tracking individual and group progress using in-school summative assessment: EYFS

Calculating attainment, evaluating standards and demonstrating progress in the EYFS

Participants are helped to:

  • understand the principles of evaluating outcomes in the Nursery and Reception years;
  • make judgements about attainment, progress, and achievement;
  • collate and analyse data to identify strengths and weaknesses and aspects for improvement
  • apply the methodology of progress tracking;
  • know how to use the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile;
  • explore issues linked to assessment, attainment, and progress in the Nursery;
  • Measure and evaluate individual and group progress.

Day 3: Classroom observation 2016: Foundation Stage

Lesson observation; The inspection framework; monitoring quality and pupil engagement; pursuing lines of enquiry; diagnosing issues

Participants are taught to use structured observation as part of school self-evaluation. The training includes applying inspection criteria to lessons observed, evaluating the quality of learning and of teaching and linking the two, evaluating the pupil outcomes, completing evidence forms, feeding back to teachers, and planning action to bring about improvement. Being able to observe aspects of provision purposefully, efficiently and effectively is essential to good management. Observation is integral to school self-evaluation and invaluable when diagnosing the causes of strengths and weakness in school performance. This course explores issues surrounding the use of observation as a management tool for gathering information and evaluating effectiveness.

Course Objectives

Day 1: Assessment Through Observation And The Foundation Stage Profile

A practical guide

Benefits of the course:

  • 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.

Day 2: Tracking individual and group progress using in-school summative assessment: EYFS

Calculating attainment, evaluating standards and demonstrating progress in the EYFS

Participants are helped to:

  • understand the principles of evaluating outcomes in the Nursery and Reception years;
  • make judgements about attainment, progress, and achievement;
  • collate and analyse data to identify strengths and weaknesses and aspects for improvement
  • apply the methodology of progress tracking;
  • know how to use the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile;
  • explore issues linked to assessment, attainment, and progress in the Nursery;
  • Measure and evaluate individual and group progress.

Day 3: Classroom observation 2016: Foundation Stage

Lesson observation; The inspection framework; monitoring quality and pupil engagement; pursuing lines of enquiry; diagnosing issues

Course Benefits:

  • Sharpen skills of observation and evaluation.
  • Focus observation on what pupils know, understand and can do.
  • Ability to make judgements about teaching, learning and assessment based on a wide range of impact evidence including the pace and depth of learning in lessons and the progress over time.
  • Make consistent judgements based on the School Inspection Handbook.
  • Record evidence clearly and unambiguously
  • Provide feedback to teachers centred on strengths and weaknesses in learning identified during observation.

Tutor information and feedback

Tutor:

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.

Feedback:

Assessment through Observation in the EYFS

  • “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”.

Tracking individual and group progress using in-school summative assessment: EYFS

  • “Excellent course- very detailed information re managing progress in EYFS...Thank you”.
  • “Really enjoyed the course, very informative. Lots to take away and implement”.
  • “A great day- really worthwhile- balanced discussion/ tasks and the trainers expertise”.
  • “Lots of figures and facts delivered well. Head filed with lots of information”.

Classroom observation 2016: Foundation Stage

  • “Met my needs- it did what it said on the tin! My SLT have also been on the training- it will now provide the framework for our T+L policy and observation protocols- Many thanks”.
  • “An excellent course. Very thorough, giving an invaluable insight into the observation process. This will enable our whole management team to work on school improvement issues… particularly useful were the information and advice given to enable us to deliver feedback appropriately, and the language to be used when giving this feedback.”
  • “Challenging- has led to re-consideration of how we utilise/organise/incorporate lesson obs…up to expectations – better value than county led provision”..
  • “I found the day very helpful in moving my thinking forward about this issue”.
  • “I was quite apprehensive about whether or not I’d get what I needed – Very pleased to say my needs have been met! Thank you!”

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