Westminster Education Forum

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The future of assessment in England - moving forward from the pandemic, support for students of all abilities, and use of technology

Morning, Thursday, 24th February 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will consider the assessment landscape in the wake of the pandemic, including lessons learned and priorities for future provision.

Areas for discussion include:

  • the assessment system moving forward - including formative, summative, and high-stake assessment, the potential responsibilities of teachers, and alignment in the assessment system
  • ensuring fairness and transparency in the system - including addressing the attainment gap and making sure provisions are made for those with additional needs
  • the future use of technology and its potential impact on inclusivity

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Dr Phillip Wright, Director General, The Joint Council for Qualifications; Roy Blatchford, Chair, ASCL Independent Commission into the ‘Forgotten Third’; Derek Richardson, Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson; and a senior speaker confirmed from OCR.

Sessions in the agenda include:

  • England’s assessment system in the wake of the pandemic - lessons learned, the use of Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs), and creating a fair and equitable system going forward
  • The future place of formative, summative, and high-stake assessment, the role of teachers, school accountability, and supporting student progression and development at ages 14-19
  • Instilling fairness and transparency - targeted support for disadvantage students, assisting students with SEND and achieving an even playing-field for all
  • The education sector’s priorities for assessment
  • The future role of qualifications in determining employment outcomes
  • Supporting student success and those that leave school without the required qualifications
  • Future use of technology - remote and digital assessment and invigilation, assistive technologies, improving inclusivity, and ensuring qualifications equip students with the digital skills to succeed post-16
  • Key regulatory priorities moving forward


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from schools and teaching professionals, education consultancies, university academics, alternative teaching providers, subject associations, exam boards, assessment providers, representatives of trade unions and local government, edtech providers, groups representing parents and students, specialist academics and charities, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from OCR

Roy Blatchford

Chair, ASCL Independent Commission into the ‘Forgotten Third’

Dr Philip Wright

Director General, The Joint Council for Qualifications

Derek Richardson

Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson


Patrick Craven

Director of Policy, Strategic Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, City & Guilds

Peter Collison

Head of Formative Assessment and School Platforms, RM

David Gallagher

Chair of the Policy Board, Federation of Awarding Bodies