Standards-Based Assessment for Mastery Learning in Physical Education(AWL2017)

Provider: af Thinking & Learning Company
£190.00 + VAT per delegate including 2 course luncheon, 2GB memory stick and course booklet

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Description The course was developed in response to government legislation in the form of statutory instrument 2232 which removed level descriptors from the education system. This was laid before parliament on 5th September 2013 and was made law on 11th September 2013 with effect from 1st September 2014. A rationale for change as part of a system-wide transformational shift will be explained that will lead to greater inclusive practice, more progress, higher standards and less of an administrative burden for teachers. A standards-based or mastery approach as opposed to a standards referenced approach will be detailed. Information will be shared as to why using 9-1 labelling (Secondary) or 'i can' statements (Primary) are not fit for purpose and are a waste of teacher administrative time.
Duration 1 day 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Categories Primary, Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Further education, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, PE / Sport, Teaching staff, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Post-threshold Teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, Assessment, Subject Knowledge, Out of school, In school, School closure day
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Suitable for primary and secondary teachers of physical education.


Evidence underpinning this approach

In education, the term standards-based refers to systems of planning, teaching, assessment and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating understanding or mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education. In a school that uses standards-based approaches to educating students, learning standards—i.e., what students are expected to know and be able to do at a specific stage of their education—determine the objectives and outcomes of a lesson or unit, and teachers then determine how and what to teach students so they achieve the learning expectations described in the standards.

In English state schools, a standards-based national curriculum was introduced on the 1st September 2014.  Deep learning or ‘mastery’ is something that is expected for all learners, and to achieve this we must first design and plan a curriculum that allows for mastery, before we can teach for mastery and before we then develop an assessment system that is fit for an inclusive mastery purpose. The Programmes of Study for all subjects have been slimmed down to promote less content in greater depth and a focus on key skills, essential knowledge and concepts and vital behaviours that we can expect all learners to master by the end of the various key stages.  The removal of levels from the system was intended to ensure a child-centred standards-based improving approach that drives transformational change.

How users/participants can evaluate success

The course will develop usable ideas for implementation.  Assessment ideas for use in the short, medium and long term will be disseminated. Reliable and valid assessment processes themselves form a true measure of the impact of this course.

By the end of the session you will have:  

  • been introduced to a way of framing your approach and practice to learning and progress
  • developed ideas for recording, monitoring and reporting progress without the use of levels
  • investigated the collation of evidence that if required can be used for 'work scrutiny' but also as case studies for the effective use of the PE and sport premium (Primary)
  • considered a more inclusive and progressive approach to assessment that will lead to higher standards in core PE (Primary and Secondary) and GCSE PE.
Follow-up activities and support
  • All teachers past and present that have attended the Assessment course will be invited to our LinkedIn discussion group. 
  • For those teachers who wish to engage we would like them to share ideas and experiences for an Assessment publication



Your needs are assessed throughout the day and responded to.  There is no formal assessment required on your part.  You will be provided with a colour bound course booklet and a 2GB memory stick with the PowerPoint used and numerous documents providing background reading.

It will cost you £190+vat.  This includes course administration, planning, delivery, photocopying, resources, certification, unlimited refreshment and a two-course luncheon.

The course will take place at The Stables Business Centre, Walnut Tree House, Astwood Lane, Wychbold, Worcestershire, WR9 0BU.

Further course dates:

Friday 12th May 2017 – Droylsden, Manchester

Friday 19th May 2017 -  Garston, Liverpool

Wednesday 28th June 2017 – Wychbold, Worcestershire

Friday 30th June 2017 – Epsom, London

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.