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Uppingham Community College in Rutland recognised with the award of the Schools, Students and Teachers network Embedding Formative Assessment Ambassador School status

Uppingham Community College has been recognised with the award of the Schools, Students and Teachers network Embedding Formative Assessment (SSAT EFA) Ambassador School status, writes Kim Stuart Jones.

Formative assessment is a process which involves working with learners to modify teaching and learning activities so that learning moves forward.

Learners know where they are in their learning, where they need to be, and how they are going to get there.


Ambassador schools have successfully completed SSAT’s two-year Embedding Formative Assessment (EFA) programme and demonstrated their continual journey to embed effective formative assessment practices in the school.

The programme involves teachers working in Teacher Learning Communities, meeting on a monthly basis, and working collaboratively to improve classroom practice and become even better.

The award
The award

This award is recognition of Uppingham Community College’s commitment to the programme, and the hard work and dedication of its leaders, teachers to improve student outcomes.

Schools which are awarded the SSAT EFA Ambassador School status continue to demonstrate the programme’s long-term impact on teaching and learning standards and want to share their learning with other schools throughout the country.

Corinne Settle, senior education lead at SSAT who leads on the Embedding Formative Assessment programme, said: “The school has focused on what matters most, the learning that takes place in the classroom.

“All teachers and students are supported to effectively assess learning and respond to feedback, ensuring that no learner is left behind.”

Ben Solly, principal at UCC said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this national recognition for our highly effective approaches to develop the skills of our teachers.

“We have a tremendously talented team of hard working teachers who are dedicated to continually improving their classroom craft and we look forward to sharing this expertise with other schools through the SSAT network.”

The certificate was received by deputy principal Dave Anderson, who has responsibility for teaching and learning and Mrs Kirsty Rodgers, head of history and EFA mentor.

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