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Chat GPT – Assessment, AI and Working Smarter, Not Harder...

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

With Chat GPT and IA seemingly exploding onto the scene in recent months, it’s worth understanding what it can (and can’t yet) do to support teachers and teacher workload. Firstly, what is it?

What is Chat GPT?

Chat GPT is essentially a chatbot which allows users to enter questions which it then generates answers to. Now, this isn’t just short, sharp answers: it can also produce lengthy responses (the length of essays) using relevant information accessed from across the web.

What can it do?

Well, a lot. There are limitations (at times, it can be too busy to allow every user access), but on the whole, it has a world of possibilities for teachers and students. At its best, Chat GPT can save significant time on planning, creating quality resources and even giving accurate feedback. What’s more, it’s in the very early stages of development, and there’s lots more it will be able to do in future.

Why are some not so happy about Chat GPT?

Like any tech, there is always the concern that students may come to rely on it too heavily, or even use it to generate assignments/ assessments/ homework, with a wider concern of plagiarism in Higher Education, especially. It’s also worth noting that the information ChatGPT uses to create content is not fully up to date (it uses information up to 2021) and so anything it creates will need a sense check (at the very least).

How can this help teachers?

ChatGPT can support teachers with workload, potentially automating planning, resource creation and feedback (without yet reaching full potential). It also has a range of applications in supporting assessment: it can create and give feedback on complex assessments and students could use the site to get immediate feedback on homework or independent work.

Where can we go for support in using ChatGPT?

Let’s look at some fantastic examples:

1. Introduction to Chat GPT: not sure where to start? Why not look at this short introductory video on Chat GPT from international teacher Thomas Blakemore.

2. Creating lesson plans: simply go to and type in a brief summary of the lesson you would like planned (age range, level, subject, content/ topic) and within seconds, ChatGPT has done the work for you. For a step-by-step guide, why not check out this fantastic resource from teacher Danny Nicolson.

3. Practice problems in maths: do you want to create additional questions, worksheets or homework? Why not let Chat GPT do the heavy lifting: here’s an excellent tutorial from Brandon Dorman on how to do just that.

4. Reading comprehensions and creative writing examples: whether you need some new/ additional questions, or a text to base your questions around, check out this wonderful step-by-step guide from award winning educational technologist Russell Stannard.

5. Administration: whether writing an email or preparing presentations, this fabulous resource from the Digital Learning Consultant will stand you in good stead.

Whatever the future of AI, with the time it could save, and the quality of resources it can produce, it looks as though it is here to stay. For more information on ChatGPT and a host of support and professional development resources, visit The Development Wheel.

Want more information on The Base Project? Visit or contact our National Education Lead Jonny Kay directly at to see the support, resources and huge impact the project and our team can have.

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