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Educational Testing: Application & Reflection (CCET companion course)30 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineContinuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by Middlesex University

You will need to pass our core Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) before you take this one.

Educational Testing: Application & Reflection (ETAR) is a CCET-companion course. As such, you will build on the skills that you acquired in the mandatory CCET course.

Using reflective practice, you will examine the skills, knowledge and competencies that you gained in the original CCET course.

You will also look at the development of your professional practice in real-world situations through casework and school-based work.

Why take this course?

  • Focus on measuring progress for individuals and groups.
  • Help those subject to inspection to be able to clearly demonstrate the impact of their interventions.
  • Increase your knowledge of assessment theory and critique-related literature.
  • Accurately measure the progress of individuals and groups and evaluate the impact of a chosen intervention.
  • Review policy and legislation as applicable to assessment and testing.
  • Analyse the impact on practice of a range of evaluation tools.
  • Understand interventions for identified Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the evidence base that supports them.
  • Critically evaluate an aspect of professional practice related to assessment and testing.
  • Apply elements of organisational psychology/self-organised learning to your review of assessment practice.

How will you benefit?

Add real value to your school

  • Help your school to demonstrate progress.
  • Be better prepared for inspection.
  • Ensure value for money from support services – with your improved ability to target and commission quality services.
  • Be able to provide accurate and reliable evidence and advice to parents, colleagues and managers.

Learn on the job

  • Harness your day-to-day professional experience and work with your tutor to develop your skills.
  • Theories, reflection and activities will help you to explore aspects of your own and others’ practice.

Engage with flexible e-learning

  • Study online and integrate your learning into your working day.
  • Take part in a flexible module that draws on a broad range of learning tasks and practical experience.
  • Work closely with your peers and dedicated tutors online.
  • Experience mentoring and work placements that really complement your learning.
  • Utilise the latest video and multimedia content, case studies and problem-based scenarios, directed reading, structured learning logs, online discussion, online questionnaires, peer evaluation and webinars.

Accrue credits towards a Postgraduate Award

If you have an undergraduate degree, you will attain 30 credits and exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (Eduational Testing) from Middlesex University. With this in hand, you can also carry on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and Disability; or an MEd in Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Connect with your peers

  • Obtain exclusive access to Campus OnlineTM.
  • Interact with your peers using our advanced learning platform and our unique student forum.

We will ensure that you never feel lonely or unsupported in your studies.

Liaise with experienced tutors

  • Enjoy dedicated specialist support from a broad range of experienced tutors.
  • Receive expert guidance from us throughout the course.

Our SENCOs and educational psychologists know the education sector inside out.

Choose a start date that suits you

Start the module at a time of the year that suits you – September, January or May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

The course content

The module is split into three strands. Each strand consists of a series of learning experiences (LEs). These LEs frame your study through a broad range of practical activities.

Strand one: Review the application of knowledge from CCET

  • Review the knowledge and skills you acquired through CCET and reflect on how that learning has impacted on your subsequent practice.
  • Consider your progress in terms of the knowledge you have acquired, the range of practice you have developed and the wider aspects of your role as an educational assessor.
  • Discuss these areas with other delegates to stimulate the reflective analysis of your current development and the new directions that you might consider exploring in the future.
  • Interpret your findings, consider how to present them and use the notes that you have made to write your first assignment.

Strand two: Analyse the progress of a learner over time

  • Build on your assessment skills by demonstrating your knowledge and ability to analyse the progress of a learner over time.
  • Explore the progress made by the learner that you assessed as part of the CCET course, or a new learner you have assessed and implemented an intervention for.
  • Apply your understanding of assessment and your response to interventions to the pre- and post-intervention assessment data of your chosen learner, and summarise and present your findings on their progress.
  • Bring together your notes to write your second assignment.

Strand three: Develop an action plan for personal and system-level change

  • Consider your own position as an educational assessor in the wider context of your setting.
  • Build on the skills that you have acquired, reviewing assessment practice across your setting and how it relates to current legislation and guidance.
  • Gather the views of your colleagues in order to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of current assessment practice.
  • Critically appraise your own practice and role as an advocate for systemic development within your setting.
  • Pull all of this information together, present it at a review meeting with your head teacher/manager. Your final assignment will be based on your discussions at that meeting.

How will you be assessed?

You will need to produce:

  • Reflective analysis one: Put together a critical analysis of the impact of the case study undertaken in the CCET module to establish the effect of planned interventions on the child’s educational outcomes.
  • Reflective analysis two: Write a general review of the impact of the CCET module in which the student critically analyses the knowledge gained and the practice developed through experience.
  • Practice analysis: Create an action plan for change at personal and system level as a consequence of having completed this course.

How is the course delivered?

  • You will develop your professional knowledge and understanding through practice – it’s the best way to learn.
  • Campus OnlineTM will support you with content that complements your learning every step of the way.
  • Study with some of the finest practitioners around and engage with outstanding content and practical activities that truly enhance your professional development.

Are you eligible?

Do you have CCET?

You must have successfully completed CCET before you take this module.

Do you have an undergraduate degree?

You will need one to take this module.

Already working in an education setting?

You will get the most out of this module if you work in an education setting with children, young people or adults.

Or do you require access to an education setting?

You will need to get written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We will show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting.

Please note

As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This course is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:

  • Single payment of £1,200 + VAT.
  • Three monthly instalments of £425 + VAT.
  • Ten monthly instalments of £132 + VAT

Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May and September.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

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