Westminster Education Forum

Assessing the impact of A-Level reform - issues for schools and colleges, the future position of the AS-level and preparation for HE and work

Morning, Tuesday, 20th March 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders from across the education sector to consider the impact of A-level reform on schools, colleges, students, exam boards and universities.


The agenda includes keynote contributions from Rawfiah Choudry, Team Leader, GCSE and A-level Reform, Curriculum Implementation and General Qualifications Division, Department for Education; Richard Garrett, Director of Strategic Relationships, Ofqual and Clare Marchant, Chief Executive, UCAS.


The seminar follows the first reformed A-level exams in phase one subjects, held last summer and takes place in the context of the initial teaching of the reformed phase three subjects from September 2017.  


Delegates will assess the initial reception of the reformed qualifications and the initial impact of their altered structure, emphasis and content - including whether reform has created more challenging content and the early effect on grade boundaries.


They will also consider the impact of reform on individual subjects, and how to ensure schools and colleges continue to offer a full range of subjects.


Following data showing a sharp decline in AS-level uptake, attendees will also discuss latest thinking on the decoupling of the AS-level - including the future position of the AS, the implications for the curriculum and pupils’ subject choices, and key issues for the teaching profession - such as the setting of predicted grades.


Further areas for discussion include:


  • How universities are now approaching admissions following reform and the rise in the number of students undertaking Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs) will also be looked at in further sessions;
  • The relationship between the reformed A-levels, preparation for higher education and future employment; and
  • Whether the removal of the AS allows students to participate in extra-curricular activities at 16-19, and ensures a rounded learning experience.


Guests of Honour

Richard Garrett

Director of Strategic Relationships, Ofqual

Clare Marchant

Chief Executive, UCAS

Rawfiah Choudry

Team Leader, GCSE and A-level Reform, Curriculum Implementation and General Qualifications Division, Department for Education

Guests of Honour

Richard Garrett

Director of Strategic Relationships, Ofqual

Clare Marchant

Chief Executive, UCAS

Keynote Speaker

Rawfiah Choudry

Team Leader, GCSE and A-level Reform, Curriculum Implementation and General Qualifications Division, Department for Education

Speakers

Peter Canning

Product Director, OCR

Kevin Gilmartin

Post-16 & Colleges Specialist, ASCL

Senior speaker confirmed from Music Education Council

Paul Clayton

Director, National Association for the Teaching of English

Jenny Williams

Chief Executive Officer, ASDAN

Senior speaker confirmed from Transport for London

Glyn Jones

Assistant Principal, York College