Tier 3 Regional Formative Assessment Action Research project – GwE and Shirley Clarke


All schools in the region that have not already been part of this exciting project are invited to join Tier 3  for  2019-20 academic year. There is no application to complete  – just register through G6 by June 21.

As you know, the project has been going since 2017 and is proving very successful in its impact on teachers ‘practices and on pupils’ confidence, independence and progress. It  is also preparing  schools effectively for national developments in education.


How many can participate?
Two teachers from each school. In smaller schools it is possible to collaborate with another school and send one from each.

What will be the cost of being part of the project?
For Tier 3, GwE will provide relevant training and resources.
However, schools will need to cover teacher release costs to attend training and review meetings.
This means releasing each project teacher for a minimum of 1.5 days during the 2018-19 financial year and 1.5 days during 2019-20.

You may wish to release teachers further to collaborate, research, visit other schools. This is an individual school decision.


What will be expected of the project teachers?
2 teachers to commit to all  the year’s activity
Researching and experimenting in the classroom
Cascade good practice and lead whole school staff in developing Formative Assessment strategies 
Completing questionnaires at the beginning, middle and end of the project


What will be the program for the year?






Training day 1 – led by Shirley Clarke herself and GwE 1 day Venue Cymru, Llandudno 20/09/2019
9:00am – 4:00pm
Attend Showcase of Tier 1 and 2 research and its impact [twilight session] 1.5 hour
Tier 1 / 2 school Between
30/09/2019 and 11/10/2019
Review meeting 1  – Share information about your work and its impact so far
facilitated by GwE and host school
0.5 day Tier 1 / 2 school Between
20/01/2020 and 07/02/2020
Training day 2 – GwE and lead schools 1 day Venue Cymru 26 or 27 March 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
[attend one only]
Review meeting 2 [pm] and Showcase [twilight session] – facilitated by GwE and host school 0.5 day Tier 1 / 2 school Between
22/06/2020 and 10/07/2020
9:00am – 4:00pm



Who will my school work with?
For Tier 3, collaboration will take place in cluster groups with Tier 1 and 2 schools of these clusters supporting Tier 3 teachers. When everyone has registered the final groups will be arranged.


How will GwE work with the schools during the project?
Stella Gruffydd is the project’s regional coordinator. She is supported by a team of SIAs across the region. Individual schools’ SIA will promote and support the work of all schools.


How will the impact of the collaboration be measured?
GwE is working with Bangor University to gather information and measure the impact of the collaboration on the quality of teaching and on pupils’ experiences and development.
Discussions will take place in individual schools with SIA  to discuss impact and support further development.


Project teacher quotes:

“The project has transformed our teaching methods. Although we have made small changes to what we were already doing, the impact is staggering. We feel much more confident in ourselves as teachers and are passionate about sharing what we have learned with other teachers. Why? Because we know that what we do and trialled from the project is working ’’

“Being  involved in the research, experimenting and learning with the pupils last year and again this year,  also the collaboration with other teachers and sharing ideas has been invaluable to me as an individual and as teacher.”


Thank you for your interest