20/06/2014Over the last few months, AQA has asked UK and international experts, teachers, academics, policymakers and employers what they think the future of assessment could and should look like over the next 10-15 years. This collaborative project has so far taken the form of blogs and videos by key thinkers in the sector, as well as roundtable events and debates involving teachers and school leaders.
From these “blue skies” discussions, we have identified three themes which were repeatedly raised as being the most important areas for development and reform over the next 10-15 years. The second phase of the project will be a series of three policy development workshops. Teachers, policymakers and other stakeholders are invited to join us to discuss each of the themes and formulate policy objectives in each area.
The three areas we will be focusing on are:
Balancing assessment and accountability – Tuesday 8th July
How can we achieve good assessment and good accountability at the same time?
Tom Sherrington, Headteacher, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
Margaret Miller and Laura Dougan, Policy Managers, Scottish Qualifications Authority
Assessment for the real world – Wednesday 10th September
How can vocational education and training be reliably and validly assessed?
Professor Prue Huddleston, Fellow and formerly Director of the Centre for Education and Industry, University of Warwick
Professor Jen Cleland, John Simpson Chair of Medical Education, University of Aberdeen
21st century assessment – Wednesday 15th October
How can technology make assessment more relevant, practical and valid?
Professor Angela McFarlane, Assessment Co-Chair, Education Technology Action Group
Lisa Gray, Assessment and Feedback Programme Manager, Jisc
We will invite expert speakers to provoke debate, and the events will be open and interactive, with everyone having a chance to discuss their thoughts and develop more detailed thinking in smaller groups. The aim of these events is to create three long-term, achievable, policy objectives for each of the themes, which we’ll publish here following the workshops.
The three workshops will be held from 6pm to 8.30pm in central London, and a buffet supper will be provided. If you would like to register interest in attending please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which workshop(s) you wish to participate in. We look forward to seeing you there – you can also follow the debate at www.aqa.org.uk/assessment2025 and on Twitter #assessment2025.