Effective Pedagogy and Assessment

Module codes: ED7612, ED7613

Module co-coordinator: Dr Susan Forsythe

This option aims to complement and build on your teaching experience, embedding what you have learned and making connections between pedagogical theory and practice in an explicit way. The option is flexible to focus on different 'current issues' as they arise in national arenas and on your own professional settings.

The best teachers engage with the wider educational community and keep abreast of developments in education. So you will be encouraged to read professional publications such as the TES (Times Educational Supplement), access online forums and become involved with professional teachers’ associations. Critically reflecting on changes to the National Curriculum as well as coming changes in public examinations will be a key focus and in particular, we will consider the implications of these for practice in schools.

You will address effective use of assessment to support teaching and learning and cover issues of inclusion within classroom practice, including the use of differentiation. Throughout the course you will reflect collaboratively on your practice, in the light of theory, with peers from a range of school settings beyond your own immediate workplace.


  • Online support through active use of Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment
  • The support of a personal tutor
  • Self-directed study
  • Collaboration in a Lesson Study cycle with at least one other colleague in your school/college


You will undertake a small-scale study of an issue which affects your own practice, including:

  • Constructing a literature review that explores published work related to your identified issue
  • Collecting evidence about this issue in your professional context
  • Evaluating your research approach.

This study will be assessed by:

  • Essay
  • Oral presentation
  • Reflective research report

You will also complete a reflective journal to synthesise your learning across the course.