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New Perspectives … on assessment, teaching and planning


This course is intended to help teachers in primary schools consider the link between assessment, teaching and planning, drawing on themes discussed in the later chapters of Tony Eaude’s book ‘Children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development -Primary and Early Years’. The emphasis is on assessment for learning, on different pedagogical approaches and on planning that is flexible enough to meet children's learning needs within a broad and balanced curriculum. This reflects a belief that methods of assessment and planning, and of pedagogical approaches, must vary depending on the type of learning outcome intended.


This course is designed for headteachers, teachers and other staff in one primary school, or group of schools, or groups of teachers either in training or on inservice courses. By exploring the theory and practice of existing approaches to planning and assessment, and how this links to pedagogy, participants will be enabled to reflect on, and develop, their own practice.


The course can be run either as a training day or a set of two or three staff meetings, though the former is preferable. Where there are separate sessions, additional benefit can be gained by the reflection and conversation which occurs, and is encouraged, between sessions. A conversation with the head, or senior member of staff or course leader, in advance, will be valuable to determine the current level of knowledge and experience of potential participants and to establish the specific objectives to be met. Given the breadth of this topic, the main emphasis is likely to be on only one or two of these topics.


Participants will:

• consider the current approach to assessment within their own school and the importance of assessment for learning;

• explore how different learning objectives and outcomes require varied pedagogical approaches, focusing especially on one or more of grouping, differentiation questioning, and language and gesture;

• discuss the implications for medium- and short-term planning to enable flexibility and multiple learning objectives; and

• examine ways of developing new approaches to assessment, teaching and planning.

This course can be linked to the development of a school's learning and teaching and/or assessment policy. As with all 'New Perspectives ...' courses, it is hoped that participants will come to see their teaching in fresh and innovative ways, building on and enhancing their professional knowledge and providing new energy and motivation.

To discuss this course, or others offered by 'New Perspectives...', and how they can be most useful in your own context, please feel free to contact Dr Tony Eaude, 6 Long Wall, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4PG on 01865 711135 (phone/fax) or

Identity, Culture and Belonging: Educating Young Children for a Changing World is due to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in February 2020. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

Developing the expertise of primary and elementary classroom teachers -professional learning for a changing world was published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2018. A paperback version was published in July 2019. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

New Perspectives on Young Children’s Moral Education
-Developing Character through a Virtue Ethics Approach
was published by Bloomsbury in December 2015. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

How do expert primary classroom teachers really work? - a guide for teachers, headteachers and teacher educators was published in 2012. For further details, see the publications section of this website or contact
Details of how to order are on the Critical Publishing website.
Download flyer (pdf, 3.3MB).

Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years was published in January 2011. For further details see Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years.

Thinking Through Pedagogy: Primary and Early Years by Tony Eaude

Children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development by Tony Eaude (second edition, 2008)

Enhancing Achievement for Young Bilingual Learners
Download flyer (pdf, 410K) by Tony Eaude, published in March 2007

For more details on how to order these, please contact