Assessment for Learning

What’s the difference between Assessment for Learning and assessment of learning?

Most course books support assessment of learning through end-of-term or end-of-unit tests that help teachers and students understand the progress they have or have not made - what they have learnt. It’s all about attainment.

Assessment for Learning techniques mean that teachers can assess the effectiveness of their classes as they take place, and adjust and adapt to what their students really need. Students participate actively and learn to recognise and understand what they’re learning and what they should do to improve.

Research has shown that Assessment for Learning helps even the youngest learners to thrive, and fosters skills for lifelong learning. Read more research results.

There are many strategies which, as a teacher, you can use in class.

Independent learning

Video training with Amanda Davies, presenting informative theory and practical tips on Assessment for Learning strategies.

After watching this training video, you will know:

  • Assessment for Learning strategies for encouraging independent learning
  • practical ways to introduce the strategies into your teaching
  • how to integrate these strategies as everyday classroom routines

Classroom posters

Developed for lower and upper secondary students and available in three different formats.

  • A1 and A3 can be used as classroom posters 
  • A4 can be used as a student's personal cheatsheet

Lower secondary

AfL lower




Upper secondary

AfL upper




Online training

We’re delighted to introduce a series of interactive webinars by Amanda Davies.

Amanda introduces some key strategies that will help you to integrate Assessment for Learning into your regular classroom routine.

Amanda Davies is a teacher trainer, author and Publications Editor for IATEFL’s Young Learner and Teenagers Special Interest Group. She’s passionate about young learner teacher professional development and has worked extensively in Primary ELT academic management. She regularly presents at conferences, writes articles and blogs, and trains teachers both face to face and online.

Amanda Davies

Catch up with the series

Webinar 1: Key classroom strategies

26th February

Webinar 2: Setting aims and criteria for success

5th March

Webinar 3: Monitoring students' learning

12th March

Webinar 5: Independent learning

26th March

Webinar 4: Peer learning

19th March

Aligned to the GSE

Pearson courses are aligned to the Global Scale of English (GSE) to support measuring English language proficiency, assess progress and set up clear learning goals.

Find out more

Perfect Partners

Many Pearson English courses and Pearson Assessment projects embed the concept of Assessment for Learning.

Find a perfect partner for your classroom.