Meeting learners' needs: effective assessment for learning in English (North)

This two-day blended course supports English teachers to reflect on and make changes to their practice by using effective Assessment for Learning (AfL) approaches. The course links AfL to learner motivation, engagement and achievement and explores subject-specific, AfL approaches, pedagogy and resources. You will design learning tasks that enable learners and teachers to monitor, evaluate and review progress, to build on learners' prior knowledge, and match teaching to learners' needs.

Pricing options

There are three pricing options:

1. Individual fees

SET member: £148.75 

Non-SET member: £175

2. Hosting

Hosting is great value and allows you to train 10 delegates for the single price of £1,100.

We will support you to fill the extra places but this is a great opportunity to work collaboratively with providers in your locality.

3. In-house

Do you want to get the maximum value from your CPD budget?

Why not run an in-house course at a time and venue to suit?

  • In-house course for up to 16 staff:£1,580
  • In-house courses for up to 32 staff: £3,100


Enquire about running this course at your location

Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. Free places are offered to ensure greater diversity on our courses, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset)
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • Consider yourself to have a disability
  • Come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book as normal. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet and then click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least one week before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

SET Membership

SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount off this ETF professional development course.

Find out more about SET membership on the Society for Education and Training (SET) website.

Who is this for?

For teachers who:

  • teach GCSE English language in post-16 settings
  • teach Functional Skills English
  • support learners' literacy development.

Training aim

To prepare teachers to be better equipped and more confident to support their learners' English development through AfL approaches in the context of vocational training/ work.


You will be able to:

  • explore the cognitive and affective domains of an AfL framework and apply it to your practice
  • design learning tasks which enable learners and teachers to monitor, evaluate and review progress, to build on learners' prior knowledge, and match teaching to the needs of each learner
  • critically review and implement AfL principles and strategies including clarifying and understanding learning outcomes and success criteria, promoting learner talk, effective questioning, providing formative feedback, self/ peer assessment and the development of judgement.

All of the above will be undertaken through experiential English tasks which include the exploration of hybrid genres, text analysis and teaching inference.


The two days training spread over four to six weeks will allow you to put into practice formative assessment with a group of your learners.

Entry Requirements

You should be either:

  • teaching GCSE English language in post-16 settings
  • teaching Functional Skills English
  • supporting learners' literacy development.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available in your area, and you would like to attend then register your interest. We will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830