Last Updated: Monday, December 19, 2022

Effective observation leading to effective assessment

What is this?

The aim of this resource is to support practitioners working with young children to improve their knowledge, understanding and practice relating to assessment using effective observation.

Who is this for?

​This resource is for practitioners working with young children in early learning and childcare and early stages of primary.

The resource offers stimulus for professional dialogue and discussion and invites practitioners to reflect critically on their own practice in relation to how observations of learning are gathered, analysed and used to improve learning. A number of core texts have been used and these have been referenced throughout.

How to use this resource

This resource is in three parts. Each part comprises a presentation with accompanying notes. It is intended that all three parts are worked through in order. However, it is possible to use each part independently of the other two sections.

Parts one and two are shorter in length than part three. It is suggested that part three be split into several 15 to 20 minute sessions.

There are interactive slides to stimulate reflection and discussion. Video clips can be used as part of the resource or on their own. The presentation can be used with the 'presentation notes' and can be organised into different sections accordingly. Notes offer additional information and commentary for each of the slides.


PowerPoint file: Part 1 - Professional Knowledge Refresh (2 MB)

Word file: Professional Knowledge Refresh - Supporting notes (32 KB)

PowerPoint file: Part 2 - Ethical Observations of Learning (2 MB)

Word file: Ethical Observations of Learning - Supporting notes (30 KB)

PowerPoint file: Part 3 - Using Observation to Improve Learning (9 MB)

Word file: Using Observation to Improve Learning - Supporting notes (40 KB)