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

Morning, Thursday, 24th February 2022


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’; Jill Duffy, Chief Executive Officer, OCR; Alistair McConville, Deputy Head, The King Alfred School, London; and Co-founder, Rethinking Assessment; and Derek Richardson, Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson.


The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department for Education and Ofsted.



Keynote Speakers

Dr Philip Wright

Director General, The Joint Council for Qualifications

Derek Richardson

Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson

Jill Duffy

Chief Executive Officer, OCR

Roy Blatchford

Chair, ASCL Independent Commission into the ‘Forgotten Third’

Keynote Speakers

Jill Duffy

Chief Executive Officer, 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

Alistair McConville

Deputy Head, The King Alfred School, London; and Co-founder, Rethinking Assessment

Chair

Flick Drummond MP

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the British Council

Speakers

Carol Frost

Chief People Officer, Metro Bank

Patrick Craven

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

Peter Collison

Head of Formative Assessment and School Platforms, RM

David Gallagher

Chief Executive, NCFE

Isabel Nisbet

Author of ‘Is Assessment Fair?’; and former Chief Regulator, Ofqual (2007-2011)

Oliver Green

Student; and Founder, TAGs Plus One

Andrew Cormack

Chief Regulatory Adviser, Jisc

Caireen Sutherland

Head of Education, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Steve Dew

Headteacher, Church Cowley Saint James Church of England Primary School, Oxford

Frank Norris

Adviser on Education and Schools, Co-operative Group; and Independent Chair, Blackpool Education Improvement Board

Nina Gunson

Head, Sheffield High School