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50 Assessment Approaches: Simple, easy and effective ways to assess learners

by Sharron Mansell, Ann Gravells and Andrew Hampel Learning Matters
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Assessment is an essential part of teaching. There are many effective assessment approaches - where do busy teachers begin?

This reader-friendly and accessible text introduces 50 assessment approaches for use and adaptation in any learning environment.  It includes guidance on the inclusion of progress measures and supports teachers to know how much learning had taken place for each activity.

The text explores the advantages and disadvantage of every approach, equipping teachers with the knowledge to assess and select the correct approach for their subject and their learners.

If you are a new or beginning teacher looking for new approaches to assessment to use with your learners today - this is the book you need.

1. Assignments
2. Cards and games
3. Case study
4. Charts and posters
5. Checklist
6. Digital storytelling
7. Discussions and debates
8. End-point assessment
9. Essay or dissertation
10. Exit and entry tickets
11. Holistic assessment
12. Interview
13. Learner demonstration
14. Learner statement
15. Listening tests
16. Multiple-choice questions
17. Naturally occurring evidence
18. Observation
19. Online assessment
20. Oral questioning
21. Peer assessment
22. Photographic testimony
23. Portfolio or e-portfolio
24. Presentation
25. Problem sets
26. Product evidence
27. Professional discussion
28. Projects
29. Questioning
30. Quizzes
31. Recognition of prior learning
32. Reflective log
33. Report writing
34. Role play
35. Self-assessment
36. Showcase
37. Simulation
38. Skills scan
39. Three, two, one
40. Tutorial review
41. Two-stage digest
42. Venn diagram
43. Video
44. Viva
45. Vlogs, blogs and podcasts
46. Walk and talk
47. Witness testimonies
48. Workplace documentation
49. Worksheet
50. Written tests and examinations

Sharron started delivering education and training programmes on a part time basis in 1987, before progressing into a full-time career in further education in 2000. She has gained practical work-based skills and a wide and varied understanding of schools' provision, further and higher education, apprenticeships and full cost courses. 

Starting her career as a teacher in a land-based specialist college, she progressed to course management before taking responsibility for several departments within a large further education college. Sharron further developed her knowledge and skills within the sector when her role changed to Head of Services to Business. She is now the Assistant Principal of Quality at the White Rose Beauty Colleges, which is recognised as the UKs largest beauty therapy training provider.?

Sharron is passionate about raising standards in education and is committed to supporting quality improvement at all levels and stages. As well as her work in further education and as a Standards Verifier for Pearson, she has also worked with secondary schools as a governor to support quality improvement. 

Sharron holds an Honour's Degree in Education and Training, has a Certificate in Education, is a Member of the Society for Education and Training, and holds QTLS status.

Sharron can be contacted via:


Ann has been teaching, assessing and quality assuring in the further education and skills sector since 1983. She is a director of her own company Ann Gravells Ltd, an educational consultancy based in East Yorkshire. She specialises in teaching, training, assessment and quality assurance.

Ann holds a Masters in Educational Management, a PGCE, a Degree in Education, and a City & Guilds Medal of Excellence for teaching. She is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training, and holds QTLS status.

Ann has been writing textbooks since 2006 which are mainly based on her own experiences as a teacher and the subsequent education of trainee teachers. She aims to write in plain English to help anyone with their role. She creates resources for teachers and learners such as PowerPoints and handouts for the assessment, quality assurance, and teacher training qualifications. These are available via her website:

Ann has worked for several awarding organisations producing qualification guidance, policies and procedures, and carrying out the external quality assurance of teaching, assessment and quality assurance qualifications.

She is a consultant to The University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education, Ofqual, and the awarding organisation Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).

Ann welcomes any comments from readers; please contact her via her website 

Ann Gravells' textbooks

The teaching, assessment and quality assurance qualification titles change over time. Ann has written books in the past which reflect these titles and has updated them when they have changed. However, the content of the qualifications and the job roles which teachers, assessors and quality assurers carry out remain very much the same.

Ann has now written three generic books aimed at covering all the teaching, assessment and quality assurance qualifications as well as the relevant job roles. It doesn't matter what the qualification title might be called now or in the future or which awarding organisation offers it, these three books should meet the required content of them all.

  • Principles and Practices of Assessment (2015)
  • Principles and Practices of Quality Assurance (2016)
  • Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training (2017)

Ann's first book Delivering Adult Learning was written in 2006 and was aimed at anyone taking the qualification of the same title. This book is no longer in print, but forged the beginning of her writing career and her aim of helping trainee teachers with their role.

Ann is the author of the following text books, many of which are now in new editions (listed here in alphabetical order). Details can be found on her website:

  • Achieving your Assessment and Quality Assurance Units (TAQA) (2014)
  • Delivering Employability Skills in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2010)
  • Passing Assessments for the Award in Education and Training (2013)
  • Passing PTLLS Assessments (2012)
  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2012)
  • The Award in Education and Training (2014)
  • What is Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector? (2012)

She is co-author of:

  • Equality and Diversity in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2012)
  • Passing CTLLS Assessments (2010)
  • Planning and Enabling Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2010)
  • The Best Vocational Trainer's Guide (2015)
  • The Certificate in Education and Training (2014)
  • Passing Assessments for the Certificate in Education and Training (2014)

She has edited:

  • Study Skills for PTLLS (2012)
  • Achieving QTLS Status (2018)