Effective Pedagogy and Assessment

Module codes: ED7140, ED7141

Module co-ordinator: Dr Sue 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.


  • Self-directed study
  • Tutorial support, via email or face-to-face
  • Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment
  • Several taught sessions across the year (provisional dates for 2016/17 - subject to change):
    • Saturday 5 November 2016, 9.00am-1.00pm
    • Wednesday 7 December 2016, 2.00pm-6.00pm
    • Saturday 28 January 2017, 9.00am-1.00pm
    • Wednesday 27 February 2017, 2.00pm-6.00pm
    • Saturday 18 March 2017, 9.00am-1.00pm
    • Wednesday 26 April 2017, 2.00pm-6.00pm
    • Saturday 20 May 2017, 9.00am-1.00pm
    • Wednesday 7 June 2017, 2.00pm-6.00pm


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, and evaluating your research approach. This study will be assessed through an essay, oral presentation and reflective research report. You will also complete a reflective journal to synthesise your learning across the course.