Assessment for learning: workshop series

Are your teachers inquiring into increasing learner agency in their classrooms in 2022? Assessment for learning is integral to student-led learning.

Or do you wish to induct new staff into the use of effective AfL practices?

Build on the assessment for learning capability of your staff.

Assessment for learning remains at the heart of effective pedagogy – there is no other proven practice that results in creating active, engaged life-longer learners who make greater progress and achieve better outcomes.

This is a series of three whole-day workshops. The series will take participants through the key principles of assessment for learning providing an overview of the student and teacher capabilities that promote learning-focused relationships and student agency, outlined in Clarity in the Classroom (Michael Absolum, 2006).

Who this workshop is for 

The series is ideal for all teachers and leaders who wish to further their understanding and use of assessment for learning. This may also be useful for teachers new to schools which have embedded formative practice, or beginning teachers who wish to deepen their understanding.

What to expect

The full-day workshops are full of practical ideas and resources which support the theory and principles of assessment for learning.

Day 1

  • An understanding of what assessment for learning is and what this could look like in the classroom
  • Developing learning focused relationships in the classroom
  • Clarity about what is to be learnt

Day 2

  • How to introduce and strengthen the self and peer assessment processes in your classroom Involving students in the assessment process, from administering an assessment to sharing assessment information with them
  • Teaching students to reflect on their learning and their engagement in learning

Day 3

  • Giving effective feedback that closes the gap between what students know and what they need to know
  • Involving students in the feedback process so they are able to initiate and lead feedback conversations
  • Assisting students to have shared clarity about their next learning steps

Between each workshop, you can engage in online, small group coaching with our skilled facilitators to focus on an aspect of assessment for learning practice. There will be sufficient flexibility in the workshops to address current assessment issues relevant to participants.

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All workshop participants will receive their own copy of Michael Absolum’s Clarity in the Classroom.

What people say 

“This course has helped me bring the focus back to the ‘learning’. We get caught up in the day to day teaching that we forget sometimes ‘why’ we are in the profession. Making those links with our learners about our expectations and the ‘why’ we are learning, ‘what’ we are learning and ‘how’ do we know if our learners are attaining the knowledge we give out. Also learn the importance of co-construction and making the learning the forefront of our core business.”

Workshop details 

The 2022 workshop series is held in both Auckland and Christchurch.


  • Day one: Wednesday 11 May 
  • Day two: Wednesday 10 August
  • Day three: Wednesday 26 October


Dates TBC 

If the location or dates don't suit you, why not complete this learning through our online assessment for learning course. Read more about the online course.

Your investment 

This course cost $880 per person + GST

If you are interested in accessing this course through locally-focused PLD funding, talk with us about we can support your application.

Please take a look at the online course or get in touch to talk about how we can help you access this learning. 

Assessment for Learning Workshop Series | Auckland | 2022

9:30am to 3.30pm, Wednesday 11 May - Wednesday 26 October,
Venue: TBA

30 Places Left


Assessment for Learning Workshop Series | Christchurch | 2022

9:30am to 3.30pm, Saturday 5 March - Wednesday 31 August,
Venue: TBA

30 Places Left