Feedback for Learning
Improve student learning & progression by using feedback more effectively
Developing and delivering well structured, highly focussed and effective feedback offers the biggest impact on student progression and achievement of any teaching and learning strategy.
Consequently it is one of the key criteria Ofsted use to measure outstanding teaching and learning: ‘learners understand how to improve as a result of frequent, detailed and accurate feedback from staff following assessment of their learning’.
For feedback to be truly effective it needs to focus the student on what they have done well and specifically what they need to next to maintain their progression. It needs to be tangible and transparent, easily understood, user-friendly and referenced to the students goals and targets. It also needs to be timely, ongoing, consistent and friendly. This is not easy, even for the most experienced teachers and trainers.
Most teachers and trainers will give feedback but most offers little benefit and much will actually be counter productive. This workshop considers when and how feedback should be delivered and provides templates and toolkits to help participants develop and structure delivery of their feedback, in ways that genuinely help student learning, progression and achievement.
This fast-paced, highly practical workshop is designed for all those who have to work with groups of children and adults. This workshop is designed for Teachers and Trainers from Academies, Secondary Schools, FE Colleges, Local Authorities and Independent Learning Providers. The workshop will also be of interest to those working in HE and/or commercial training departments or even operational managers who need to stimulate more effective discussion within their teams.
The workshop will also be of interest to managers and lesson observers who are responsible for and/or involved in developing the quality of teaching and learning within their organisational environment.
Workshop Aims and Objectives
- To understand why checking learning & feedback are fundamental to learning & progression
- To understand the key characteristics of effective feedback
- To understand the essential differences between effective and in-effective feedback
- To help practitioners meet better the needs of individual students
- To help practitioners further improve student learning, progression and achievement
- To provide an opportunity for discussion and dialogue on:
- the feedback process
- its benefits to both teachers, trainers and students
- how it ensures effective learner progress
- Discuss how to improve student participation and ownership during feedback activities
- Demonstrate improved understanding of how to develop effective feedback and recognise good practice in teaching & learning
- Identify successful strategies for planning and delivering effective feedback
- Recognise and discuss the key characteristics of written and oral feedback
- Discuss how the use of effective feedback supports student learning, development, thinking, understanding, & knowledge
- Completed a range of feedback activities
- Develop a personalised framework to support effective feedback with organisational context
1. Current Practice and Understanding
Session one explores participants understanding of why the use of group feedback is fundamental in supporting effective learning, the approaches currently used, and how where and when they have proved effective.
- Why Feedback - teacher / trainer – learner perspectives
- Reviewing current approaches to inform development opportunities
- How effective is my use of feedback?
- Development Opportunities
2. Assessment and Feedback
This next session focuses on reviewing what effective feedback involves, how assessment and feedback are extrinsically linked?
- Evaluate the key characteristics of poor feedback – impact on students and learning
- Evaluate the key characteristics of good feedback – impact on students and learning
- Reflecting on the key qualities of effective feedback – how to feed forward
3. Developing skills around effective feedback
Session three focuses on the development of the skills required by teachers and trainers to ensure their feedback supports and motivates students learning and engagement.
- The characteristics of effective written and oral feedback
- Developing the skills that support effective feedback – questioning, active listening and target setting
- Why understanding your students is important in developing effective and personalised feedback
- Building approaches and techniques to use with students
- Planning for success – using the feedback template
- Building skills for the development of giving supportive written and oral feedback that prompts student progression and ownership of learning goals
4. Plenary, questions and answers
The final session provides for a final review of the key learning points and provides an additional opportunity for participants to ask about any issues that are still outstanding.
Learning will be facilitated through:
- Presentation and Observation
- Interactive discussions
- Peer work and review
- Practical group activities
- Analysis and review of current practices
- Individual learning activities
- Tutor feedback to individuals
Internal Staff Training and Development
This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.
Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.
Related Teaching Techniques Workshops
- Differentiation - Developing Activities that Work
- Feedback for Learning
- Making Discussion and Group Work More Effective
- Making Learner Induction Fun and Effective (FE & Skills)
Certificates of Professional Development.
This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities