Session title: The Art of using Target Setting

Target setting: for proof or purpose?

Typical inspection issues

  • Targets in individual learning plans are too vague and fail to motivate or challenge learners.
  • Teachers on vocational courses do not involve the learners well enough in setting their own targets, so that learners understand how to improve.
  • Too many learners are unsure about what targets they have been set or how their teachers monitor their progress through the year.
  • Teachers do not set meaningful targets for students.


The Art of using Target Setting is a 1.5 hour session, ideal for inclusion in a carousel of training activities on a staff-development day.

Publicity information for potential delegates

Target setting… surely one of the simplest tasks in further education pedagogy, yet the one that is criticised the most. But why?

The primary purpose of well-written targets is not to measure, but to motivate. They should motivate the teacher to adjust their scheme of work and lesson plans, and they should motivate the learner to learn between lessons and commit wholeheartedly during lessons. In short, they should make a significant difference to learning. If they’ don’t, then targets are no more than a bureaucracy.

In this session, delegates will explore the three types of essential targets needed to achieve valuable and valued learning experiences.

This session will enable delegates to:

  • write targets under three discrete headings: aspiration, technique and progression
  • use their understanding of target setting to challenge established teaching strategies and, where necessary, redesign the access learners have to learning resources
  • plan a highly aspirational teaching and assessment strategy that ensures all learners are appropriately stretched and supported in every lesson.


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