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Module XME-4091:
Assessment in Education

Module Facts

Run by School of Education and Human Development

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Fliss Kyffin

Overall aims and purpose

This module will provide an overview of current guidance and research concerning best practice in assessment in education. It aims to critically evaluate assessment in a range of areas, providing grounding in both formative and summative assessment strategies.
This module intends to equip students with the ability to use assessment to improve standards and outcomes. It will also enable students to develop and evaluate assessment strategies in their own professional context.

Course content

• Current methods of assessment used in schools in the UK • Contemporary research concerning best practice in assessment • Use of formative and summative feedback in improving performance • Assessment of children in early years' education • Assessment of children with additional learning needs • Assessment of children with English as an additional language • Quality assurance and the importance of consistency in assessment.

Assessment Criteria


40-49%, Fail: Some consideration given to planning and structure, limited in depth of analysis and use of research, but demonstrating some understanding of the subject matter. 30-39%, Fail: Below the threshold level for Masters’, despite showing a little evidence of relevant study and knowledge.
0-30%, Fail: Seriously deficient, lacking any real evidence of subject knowledge or understanding.


60-69%, Merit: Shows significant insight, offers sustained and relevant analysis, well researched and referenced and written with a clear structure and style.
50-59%, Pass: Clear evidence of planning leading to a good structure, sound understanding of theories and analysis, and good use of research supported by appropriate evidence.


85-100%, Distinction: Outstanding work which demonstrates exceptional scholarship and is worthy of publication, or instrumental in developing professional practice.
70-84%, Distinction: Demonstrates excellence in power of analysis, argument, originality, range of research, organisation and stylistic quality.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of current practice in assessment based on contemporary research.

  2. Apply the principles of quality assurance to ensure consistency in the assessment of work.

  3. Critically evaluate methods of assessment in terms of their contribution to learning in the context of schools and other educational settings.

  4. Demonstrate ability to develop and evaluate assessment strategies to monitor and improve provision.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Assessment type 20
Poster presentation 40
Assessment activity 40

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study

Reading for lecture activities and assignments. Writing assignments.


Lectures including practical activities

External visit

Visiting schools to learn about assessment methods used


10 hours set aside for each of the 3 assignments for guidance and formative feedback related to assignments


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Show originality in the application of subject specific knowledge and understanding.
  • Adapt and transfer ideas from one educational context to another.
  • Identify problems, evaluate solutions and critique research associated with educational practice.
  • Acquire and analyse data in an educational context.
  • Adopt an ethically sound approach to research with children and vulnerable adults.


Resource implications for students

Students will need access to a tablet or lap top which can connect to the internet in all lectures.

Reading list

The reading list is currently being updated.

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: