Assessment 2017 Conference

Keeping the focus inside the black box: Using assessment to improve progress and practice

  • The guru’s 2017 guide to:
    • Rejecting ‘teaching to the test’
    • Accepting high-quality formative assessment

To address this national issue, the author of one of the most famous and influential books in education, Inside the Black Box and other leading assessment players, are joining forces for one day only.

This once-in-a-lifetime event will:

  • show why findings from 26 years ago are more important than ever in 2017
  • debate the future of assessment
  • uncover new ways forward for assessment policies and practice

Who will benefit most from this conference?

  • Headteachers, senior leaders and assessment leads from primary and secondary schools
  • Multi Academy Trusts
  • Teaching schools

What will you take back to school?

  • 10 key assessment principles
  • An individualised assessment system
  • Clarity on the future of:
  • In-school formative assessment
  • In-school summative assessment
  • Standardised summative assessment
  • A staff training kit

To enquire about a group booking discount, call 01790 756 756 

Information on speakers coming soon.

09:40 - 10:10

Why Formative Assessment Must be First Priority


- If formative assessment is so effective, how come most schools still aren't doing it? - Implementing habit change and not knowledge acquisition

By Professor Dylan Wiliam


10:10 - 10:40

Are the 20 Years of Investment in AfL a waste?


-Explore the reasons AfL has failed. - Performance versus learning

By Daisy Christodoulou


10:40 - 11:10

Debate - What is the Future for Formative Assessment?



By Professor Dylan Wiliam & Daisy Christodoulou


11:20 - 12:20

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 1


Feedback and Questioning

What are the fundamental flaws in traditional models, and how can we overcome these?

By Professor Dylan Wiliam

Comparative Judgements

Why is this the new way forward for assessment, and how does it work in practice?

By Daisy Christodoulou

High-stakes Primary Tests (Primary Only)

Can they ever serve the interest of children? If so, how?

By Mary Myatt


13:20 - 14:20

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 2


Student-centred Assessment

Are we involving students in formative assessment in the best way?

By Professor Dylan Wiliam


How can you show evidence of progress beyond the numbers?

By Mary Myatt

Assessment and Progress 8 (Secondary Only)

What role can assessment play in preparing schools for Progress 8?

By Oli Knight


14:25 - 15:25

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 3


Formative Assessment

Why is this the key to pupil progress and how can you maximise its impact?

By Shirley Clarke

Using Data to Promote Progress

How can we quickly, but accurately, record and use data to accelerate progress?

By Mary Myatt

Level-less Assessment Systems

What do world-class systems look like, and how would they work in your school?

By Professor Dylan Wiliam


15:35 - 16:05

Assessment: The Servant to Pedagogy of Learning


- It's all about learning - How do we ensure that assessment supports learning

By Professor Dylan Wiliam


16:05 - 16:35

Manageable, In-Class Feedback


- How to make feedback effective - Promoting active pupil involvement - Adjusting teaching to take account of assessment

By Shirley Clarke


16:35 - 17:00

Questions to the Keynote Speakers



By Professor Dylan Wiliam, Mary Myatt & Shirley Clarke