Scottish Assessment Conference

Using Assessment to Improve Equity and Attainment

  • Formative Assessment, the key to maximising attainment

  • The most effective feedback

  • The power of assessment and memory together

  • Best practice models of formative assessment

Shirley Clarke and Seamus Gibbons will present an up-to-the-minute exploration of Formative Assessment, from research principles to classroom practice and whole-school implementation.

Formative assessment, current thinking and research findings:

  • Mindsets
  • Praise
  • Feedback
  • Questioning
  • Prior knowledge
  • Myths

From low-impact marking to the power of:

  • ‘In the moment’ feedback
  • Whole-class discussions
  • One-to-one feedback
  • Peer feedback
  • Pupil-to-teacher feedback

Delegates will also receive:

Updates on assessment in Scotland.

Advice on the future of Scottish assessment.

Successful implementation strategies.

Real-life examples of practice.

Key memory research and its implications for teaching and learning.


National Improvement Framework – Assessment of children’s progress

How Good is Our School? 4th Ed. – 2.3 Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Pupil Equity Funding – Learning and Teaching

Susan Smith

Susan Smith

Date: 5th Mar 2018

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Shirley Clarke

Shirley Clarke

Date: 5th Mar 2018

Shirley is known for taking the principles of formative assessment and encouraging teachers to experiment with ways in which they might be applied. Thousands of teachers have worked with Shirley and, through them, the practice of formative assessment is continually evolving and developing.

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Seamus Gibbons

Seamus Gibbons

Date: 5th Mar 2018

Seamus is the Headteacher at Langford Primary School and is passionate about applying Assessment for Learning within the school. He offers real-life examples where assessment has impacted pupil progress.

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09:40 - 10:40

Formative Assessment


- Formative assessment current thinking and research findings.

By Shirley Clarke


10:55 - 11:40

Formative Assessment in Action


- How the ‘spirit’ of formative assessment has been instrumental in securing rapid improvements at Langford Primary School. - Real-life examples of the best key learning principles and strategies which impacted children’s achievement within the school. - Explore how to create the best climate for learning. - Discover the barriers Langford Primary School encountered and how they overcame them.

By Seamus Gibbons


11:40 - 12:10

An Assessment Experience


- Building on their years of work together, Shirley and Seamus join together to deliver an exciting workshop experience.

By Shirley Clarke & Seamus Gibbons


13:10 - 14:10

Assessment in Scotland


- The latest updates in Scottish assessment policy and practice. - The future of assessment in Scotland.



14:25 - 15:25



- How to maximise impact with effective feedback.

By Shirley Clarke


15:30 - 16:00

Questions to the Keynote Speakers



By Shirley Clarke and Seamus Gibbons


First delegate rate

£349 + VAT

Additional delegate rate

£329 + VAT

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