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.

Amanda Davies presents informative theory and practical tips

5 key topics: 

  • Key classroom strategies
  • Setting aims and criteria for success
  • Monitoring students' learning
  • Peer learning
  • Independent learning

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. 

Amanda Davies

Video training

Join Amanda Davies for a series of short videos which explore how you can implement Assessment for Learning in your classroom. 

Online training

Did you miss our series of webinars with Amanda Davies? Catch up with the series for more intensive training.

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

Classroom posters

Download these posters to use in the classroom and introduce your students to Assessment for Learning.

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

  • 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




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.

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Perfect Partners

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

Find a perfect partner for your classroom.