Assessment Plans

Using assessment plans, education and training providers can design and develop high-quality knowledge and skills programmes, define their intent, measure impact and improve quality.


Assessment Plan Types

Use different assessment plan types for strategic, organisational and curriculum planning. Assessment plans are used to easily identify curriculum intent and impact.

Programme Design

Assessment plans can be developed for each programme of study. The plan owners and collaborating staff are able to identify the objectives and outcomes that will be delivered.

Assessment Plan Measures

Assessment plan measures set out the curriculum intent – what will be delivered to learners, what they will be expected to know or be able to do, and why.

Outcomes Mapping

Assessment plan outcomes can be mapped to multiple assessment plans to demonstrate cross-curriculum mapping and to conduct curriculum gap analysis.

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Curriculum intent is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding gained at each stage.



Who can use assessment plans?

Assessment plans can be used by any organisation that delivers knowledge and skills programmes.

● Schools
● Colleges
● Independent learning providers
● Universities
● Graduate training programme providers

Assessment plans provide organisations with a clear understanding of how delivery programmes are assessed. It sets out how assessments will be measured and when, who will collect the data and how the results will be used. The ultimate goal is to ensure ongoing and systematic evaluation of learning. More specifically assessment plans are used to set out curriculum intent. Using the review features, organisations can also evaluate curriculum impact.

Assessment plans also show the alignment of course curricula to the stated programme outcomes, describe how the outcomes will be assessed and outline how results will be used.

Can schools use assessment plans?


The purpose of the assessment is to improve and enhance educational processes, policies, and practices as a result of evidence-based decision making and change implementation. This is the core of the assessment cycle. It is essential to document the process and any resulting decisions in order to be organised, transparent, accountable, and accountable.

​An effective assessment system will allow teachers to fully understand what pupils should master at each stage of education and to assess their progress in that area.

Planning is a critical part of an effective assessment. For any assessment plan, organisations should consider the following.

  • The goal or outcome to be assessed should be considered when choosing a methodology
  • Data analysis and available resources
  • Options for sampling
  • How to review and use the results
  • What results will be shared
  • What information will be used to improve teaching and learning, or institution effectiveness?

By focusing on the assessment objectives and how to achieve them, organisations can avoid redundancies and structure an assessment plan resulting in less frustration and greater teacher effectiveness.

Can apprenticeship providers use assessment plans?

Absolutely. One of the main benefits of apprenticeship standards is that they clearly set out the outcomes required by the end of the programme. Apprenticeship providers know they have to ensure that learners can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours when they go through Endpoint Assessment.

It is therefore critical that organisations delivering apprenticeships have well-developed assessment plans. 

Organisations can use apprenticeship assessment plans to ensure their learners are prepared for the endpoint assessment. Assessment plans will give confidence that they will have met all of the required standards.

Assessment plans clearly outline the expected outcomes that learners will demonstrate by the end of the programme. Plans show how course curricula will align with programme outcomes. They also describe how outcomes will be evaluated and how they will be used.

Assessment plans can be used to determine if learners have the skills and knowledge required for the standard. 

Organisations can see what is working and what needs improvement through assessment activities.

How does Stedfast help with OfSTED planning?

Assessment plans support your curriculum intent and impact planning. Organisations subject to inspections by OfSTED will need to work toward the Quality of Education judgement set out in the Education Inspection Framework. This requires education and training providers to set out their intent which is the framework of what will be delivered to learners. Organisations can use assessment plans to identify what will be delivered and why and how they measure success.

Organisations can use assessment plan reviews to measure the curriculum impact and action plan improvements to teaching and learning.

Can we demonstrate cross curriculum links?

Each outcome can be mapped to other outcome sets, and reports are available to see all the mappings that have taken place. This is particularly helpful when mapping requirements such as SMSC – Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, PREVENT or extending maths and English.

What are assessment plan reviews?

Each assessment plan can have one or more review cycles. These are set up by the assessment plan administrator, and they are normally conducted at the end of an academic cycle. Each outcome will have one or more measures that staff are allocated. They will add their findings and, where necessary, add actions to the programme action plan.

Can we use Stedfast for Self Assessment / Evaluations?

Organisations that need to complete self assessment reports can use assessment plans to do this. They set out the objectives and outcomes and the identify who they measure their performance. Using the assessment plan review, they allocate measures to the self assessment team who are then able to add their findings and add actions to the quality improvement plan.

Does this all take a lot of time?

No. Developing an assessment plan is not time-consuming. It involves identifying what you intend to deliver (outcomes) and how you want to measure the impact (findings). Stedfast is collaborative, so you can have multiple staff working on an assessment plan and programme review.


Assessment Plans

Develop programmes that set out curriculum intent and impact. Review and improve delivery.

Curriculum Planning

Set out curriculum activities and implementation. Create curriculum maps and sequencing.

Staff Performance

Set professional standards and objectives for all staff. Conduct staff reviews, appraisals and goals.


Easily allocate and manage staff CPD activities. Track staff are meeting their annual CPD targets. Approve CPD requests.


Collaborative development of policies and procedures. Track and record annual reviews and updates.

Risk Assessments

Create a central library of all risk assessments. Align with policies and procedures and complete annual reviews.



  • Programme Design
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Assessment Planning
  • Gap Analysis


  • Self Assessment
  • Quality Improvement
  • Risk Assessment
  • Policies & Procedures


  • Course Research
  • Video Content
  • SCORM Content
  • LMS Development
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